Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Veil is Removed

13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.    2 Corinthians 3:13-18

Please do not forget verse 17.  It is vital for us to know and understand its truth.   "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."  What does the passage say to you?  If we are to be the people of God, redeemed by the blood of Christ, forgiven of sin, possessors of the Spirit of God living in us,  what is all this freedom about?

When Jesus was describing his mission in coming to the earth, one of the things he read aloud, from the Old Testament prophecy, was he would bring freedom to the prisoners.  Of course the reading is speaking of those who are prisoners or enslaved to sin.  Jesus' mission included his mission of rescuing us from those sins which hold us captive, and bringing us freedom.

Can you imagine the feeling of a literal prisoner which has been incarcerated for a long time.  When he finally experiences freedom it is as if he is breathing new air. enjoying life anew, as he lives in the liberty which now surrounds him.

So I ask each of you, as you consider your life which is devoted to God, where is the Spirit of God for you?  Don't forget the verse where we started, that teaches us about real freedom.  "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

Do we have that freedom?  Do we live in that freedom?  Do we thrive in that freedom?   I am convinced we cannot experience real freedom, like that described in our text, unless we are aware of and listening to the Spirit of the Lord inside us.

In the lengthy section of scripture above, there is talk about the veil, and minds being made dull.  The real blessing for us is in the words, "Only in Christ, the veil is taken away. "  Also, "Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." 

We are the evidence that the mission of Jesus was accomplished, when we are the living testimony of the freedom we have experienced.  Because God's grace and love are extended in our direction, the chains are broken, the suffering of being bound by sin is gone, and we are set free!


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