Seeing the Glory of the Lord . . .
2 Corinthians 3:9-18 NLT
If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Reflection . . .
When someone turns to the Lord the veil of unbelief is taken away and the Spirit if the Lord gives freedom to see and reflect the glory of the Lord! Wow! That’s amazing!
The veil that covers our minds can only be taken away by believing in Christ. That’s why it is so important to share the Gospel, sing and tell of God’s glory! It’s also why studying and learning God’s Word is so important. When we really know God’s story of creation, salvation and restoration we reflect God’s glory more and more because He’s given us freedom by His Spirit. Our transformation (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 1:13) is a process of the Holy Spirit and our responsibility is to allow Him to transform us by the renewing and preparation of our minds. The Lord will transform us more into His likeness and be changed to reflect Him more.
One day we will see the Lord face to face in all His glory and majesty! What a day that will be!