2 Corinthians 3:14-18
We continue in our study on communion with God and one another. One of the passages we will focus and meditate on today is 2 Corinthians 3:14-18.
14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
One way to study Scripture is to ask three questions about the text. What does this teach me about God? What does this teach me about man? How should I respond? So take some time and answer these questions about the text!
- What does this teach me about God?
- What does this teach me about man?
- How should I respond?
We see in this passage a contrast between those who have believed in Jesus as Lord and those who have not. Those who do not believe have their eyes covered; they are blinded to their sin and do not see God for who He is! But for those who believe, the Spirit has removed the veil from their eyes so they are able to understand their sin, repent, and believe the gospel! And those who are able to see God are being transformed into His image, each day looking more like Jesus. So we ask, how can you behold the glory of God? It is through Jesus alone – His life, death, and resurrection – that we are able to have a relationship with God; that we are able to see Him, know Him, and be like Him!
This gives us three things to remember and rejoice in. First, the barrier between God and man has been torn down, giving us full access to God through Christ! Second, we can come boldly and freely to God because of Christ! And finally, in beholding God, we will be transformed into the image of God by the Spirit of God. This gives us such confidence in our good and glorious God!
Spend some time praying. If you read this passage and would say you are like the man with a veiled face, a hard mind and heart, I encourage you to ask the Lord to remove the veil and ask to see and know Him as Lord and Savior. Romans 10 says “But if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” You can live in freedom through Christ! Today is the day for salvation!!
If you know that God has brought you to Himself with full and free communion with Him, spend some time thanking Him for this truth!! Ask Him to continue to grow in you a love for Him and His Word. Ask that He would continue to transform you into His image as you live each day for Him!