2 Corinthians 3:10-18 NKJV
10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one 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 by the Spirit of the Lord.
Here, the Apostle Paul offers us a glimpse into the transformative power of the gospel and the surpassing glory of the New Covenant in Christ.
Paul begins, in verses 10-11, by emphasizing that the glory of the Old Covenant, symbolized by the fading radiance of Moses’ face, pales in comparison to the surpassing glory of the New Covenant in Christ. The Old Covenant was temporary, whereas the New Covenant’s glory is eternal and transformative. Thus, we understand the centrality of Christ in the New Covenant and the enduring, surpassing glory of His gospel.
In verses 12-14, Paul contrasts the veil that Moses used to cover his radiant face with the unveiled proclamation of the gospel. In faith, we recognize that the Old Testament points to Christ, and in Him, the true meaning of the Scriptures is unveiled. We boldly proclaim the gospel of Christ without veils or hidden meanings, knowing that it is in Christ that the fullness of God’s grace and glory is manifested.
Paul continues, in verses 15-18, to emphasize the importance of turning to the Lord for the veil to be removed. It is in Christ that we find true liberty, and through the Holy Spirit’s work, we experience transformation. With unveiled faces, we celebrate the liberating power of the gospel and the transformative work of the Spirit in our lives. We are continually being conformed to the image of Christ, and this process is guided and empowered by the Spirit.
In conclusion, we take to heart the message of these verses. The New Covenant in Christ surpasses the glory of the Old Covenant. We are called to boldly proclaim the gospel without veils, knowing that in Christ, the veil is removed. The Spirit’s work transforms us into the image of Christ, and we experience true liberty in Him. As we continue to behold the unveiled glory of the Lord, being transformed by the Spirit from glory to glory, we share this surpassing glory with the world.
Let us pray: Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth your Son we pray, that he may lead home his Bride, the Church, that we with all your saints may enter into your eternal kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.