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The Un-lifted Veil

John Collins12/21/20122 Corinthians 3 tells us that we have a veil covering us from seeing the Truth, one that only Christ can lift.

Paul was surprised at the church, once again turning back to the law.  He asked them they thought he needed to write them another letter of recommendation.

He said we need no recommendation.  We ourselves are a letter of recommendation, a testimony to Christ that is written on your hearts.  It is displayed and read by all.  Our letter is not written on stone tablets as was the law for Moses, our letter is on tablets of human hearts.

We should have confidence through Christ toward God.  Paul said that we could never be sufficient in ourselves to claim anything, but our confidence and sufficiency comes from God.  He has made each one of us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant.

Paul said that our new covenant was not by letter of the law.  Our covenant is of the Spirit.  The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

He called the Mosaic Law the "ministry of death."  It was carved on letters of stone, yet came with such glory that the Israelites could not look at the face of Moses.  The glory in the ministry of condemnation extended to the body of Moses.

Paul asked, "How much more glory will the ministry of the Spirit have?"  The Mosaic Law, which one had glory, and now has no glory at all, has faded away.  The new glory in the new covenant surpasses it.  He said that the Mosaic Law was brought to an end with glory, and the new covenant now has a permanent glory.

Paul said that there were some who read the old covenant who are still blinded.  Their minds are hardened.  But when a person turns to the Lord Jesus Christ, that veil is removed.  

Once removed, the Spirit of the Lord brings freedom.  We all stand united with an unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord.  We are transformed into the same image, from one degree of glory to another.  Paul said this was the blessing that comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we let the doctrines of men take away our glory?  Do we let those with hardened minds lead us back into the old covenant of death when Paul preached a new covenant of life and freedom in Christ?  Do we listen to a false prophet who claimed that the Mosaic Law was still in effect, when Paul said that it had been replaced with the new covenant?  Has our veil been lifted?