Speak God’s Wisdom
March 18, 2014
Luke 12
March 19, 2014
Speak God’s Wisdom
March 18, 2014
Luke 12
March 19, 2014

2 Corinthians 3:14 – Veil Removed in Christ

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“12Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech– 13unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
(2 Corinthians 3:12-16 NKJV)

This comes from the story of Moses. After he had received the Ten Commandments, he came down from the mountain and his face shined so much from being in the presence of the Lord, which he had to put a veil over his face. That shine faded away. Nevertheless, the veil remains over their hearts. Even today, Paul says, that the veil remains when they read the Old Testament. They do not see Jesus in the Old Testament.

Their minds were hardened to the truth. The Moses was veiled because of the law. The law was fading away.

“7But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.” ( 2 Corinthians 3:7-11)

Paul calls the law, the ministration of death. It had a certain glory to it. That why the face of Moses shined so. However, it was fading away. Now the law, which was glorious, has been replaced by grace, how much more glorious should that be.

The glory of the law was finished in Christ. When a person turns to Christ, that veil is removed and the ministration of the Spirit sets us free from the law. We begin to see Jesus in the Old Testament. The types and shadows become reality in Christ. The Ark of the Covenant and the mercy-seat become pictures of Jesus and our grace. All through the Bible, we see Jesus at work.

In Christ, we are set free from the ministration of death to the ministration of life in the Spirit. “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)