The Veil

2 Corinthians 3:18–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.

2 Corinthians 3:16–But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Glory—majesty, brightness, magnificence, kingly majesty of the Messiah, grace… 

2 Corinthians 4:4–In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:6–For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

His light has shown in our hearts revealing the glory of God.  As we behold His glory, we are being transformed into His image through the Spirit.  His glory is His mercy, His grace that He has bestowed upon us, justifying us not through our works but His.

Titus 3:5–he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 3:6–whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 3:7–so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Ephesians 4:24–and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

From the website—Wild at Heart

“We have no idea who we really are. Whatever glory was bestowed, whatever glory is being restored, we thought this whole Christian thing was about … something else. Trying not to sin. Going to church. Being nice. Jesus says it is about healing your heart, setting it free, restoring your glory. A religious fog has tried to veil all that, put us under some sort of spell or amnesia, to keep us from coming alive. As Blaise Pascal said, “It is a monstrous thing … an incomprehensible enchantment, and a supernatural slumber.” And, Paul said, it is time to take that veil away.”

When the veil of religion is removed, we are able to behold the glory of the Lord.  This glory shines in our hearts and transforms us that we may see the face of Christ.  Real change in our lives comes from His glory.  There is a new self in us created in His likeness, righteous and holy.  

From Jesuswalk website:

“Going to church is a good thing. But, my dear friend, going to church, in and of itself, will not transform you. What changes you is regular time before the Lord, contemplating him in worship, meditating on him, singing to him, listening to him, speaking to him, obeying him, drinking him in through the Word and the Spirit. Just like Moses spent time before the Lord and was transformed by it, so as you spend time with the Lord it will change you.’

Thank you, Lord, for removing the veil from our minds that we might know and behold Your glory and grace that gives us righteousness and justification.  Lead us through Your Spirit each day in meditating on Your magnificence that transformation in our lives may come from Your glory.         

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