2 Corinthians 3:12-18 – “Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, 13 and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. 14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16 but whenever a person 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 liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” NASU
What a powerful presentation of the Gospel by the apostle Paul. He identifies that if we only have the “Letter of the Law” we are living with a veil over our hearts but if we have the “Spirit of Christ” we have the veil removed. In that condition, we find Liberty because where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.
I love his description in verses 17and 18. It identifies the liberation of the heart by the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is also the liberation of the mind or mindset. He then goes on to identify that as believers in Christ it is as though we have the veil or change the prism of how we see things. As we, in this condition, look upon the Lord and His Glory we are then Transformed into His Image from Glory to Glory. The Bible teaches and I believe and have proven that we become like that which we Worship.
If we worship money we become like mammon. If we worship power we become brutal and ruthless, unfeeling, and often uncaring. If we worship natural beauty we allow our hearts and minds to be filled with carnal delights and pleasures and become vain, egotistical, conceited and driven for physical perfection. But if we worship GOD we go through a Transformation or a Metamorphosis into His Image. The reflection that others see is HIM rather than our imperfections because in the transformation He transforms our heart and our hearts issue forth HIM.
I do not want to be a representative only of Jesus I want to be a manifestation of Him to the world. I do not want to just speak about Jesus I want to speak for Him to this world. I do not want to be an example of a good man I want to be a reflection of HIM. It is because I know that in my own power, or positive character qualities I cannot transform a life but He Can! I know that it is Only as we behold Him with unveiled face and heart that we are Transformed from darkness into His marvelous light. So my cry is “God remove the veil and let me BEHOLD YOUR GLORY so that I can Become more and more like you!”
May God be with you as you go through your day!