Scripture: 1 Cor 3:12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 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 [a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Observation: We see God’s glory the brightest when we walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Application: I know its a recurring theme for me, but its something I suppose I see around every corner of scripture that I read. It is the fact that the true experience of Jesus is a gift that we neither merit nor deserve. We are given Christ, and the glory of God that is within the Christian heart is not of ourselves but from the very Spirit of God. We were not able to approach God, but God in his great love and mercy for us, became our Immanuel and bridged the gap that we could never traverse alone.
I think what Paul is saying here can be illustrated like this. Think of the Moon, think of the brightest full moon you have ever seen and remember how beautiful it was as it lit up the night. But it wasn’t totally able to chase away the darkness was it? It was still night even though you may have been able to see fairly well. Why is it that the Moon can’t light up the night as if it were daytime? It’s because the Moon is not the source of the light, its light is reflected glory from the Sun. Without the Sun, the Moon would be in total darkness.
Such were the Children of Israel, they were like the Moon. Moses would approach God, and the Spirit of the Lord would illuminate him so much that he radiated like the brightest full moon. The people were not used to such brightness and asked him to hide his face from them so they would not be blinded. You see the world is in constant darkness, (sin) and they can not bear the true light when it is presented to them (God’s Holiness). But the illumination of Moses would fade after he had been away from the presense of God for a while. Again, its like the moon, as the earth / world moves in-between the Sun and Moon, the light is deflected. Moses’ law did illuminate, and it is a necessary part of our understanding of God, yet it is still man’s attempt at approaching God, and we can only go so far, because when we get too close – we are consumed in the awesome glory of the Almighty.
As Christ came into the world, our spiritual understanding crossed over into the dawn, and a new day began as the moon (Mosaic Law) passed below the horizon and the true SON of God illuminated our hearts. The veil of the temple was torn, and we no longer see the reflections of God’s glory, but now we see the source itself. And even more so now because Christ sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, so that we are now being transformed into His image and the glory is no longer reflected upon us, but comes from within us and we are ever increasing in His glory.
This is why the gospel of Christ is offensive to the world. In a spiritual sense the glory of God coming from within the Christian heart is shining in the darkness of our world so much that when those who are accustomed to the darkness encounter the light it is blindingly painful. “Don’t talk to me about your religion,” they say “I don’t believe in those old archaic philosophies!” The light of God is overpowering when presented to one who has lived their whole lives in darkness. But don’t veil the light as Moses did, allow it to burn through and eventually the blindness will be replaced by an illuminated heart and if we are steadfast in our purpose of presenting the light to the world, we will be laying up treasures in heaven that earth could never afford.
Prayer: Father God,
Please help me to continually embrace the light and glory of Your Spirit within me. Help me to be a beacon to the lost, and to those who stumble a guide. I praise you for your great love and glory and ask for your anointing upon all those who you have called from the darkness, that they may be empowered in your strength to shine in the dark corners of this world.
Yield: I yield whatever darkness I may have hidden away inside and submit to the Glorious Light of God. Burn through me Lord!