#DailyDevotion The Glory Of The Gospel Of Jesus Is Transforms Us Into His Glory
2 Corinthians 3:12–18 12 Because we expect this, we are very bold 13and not like Moses, who wore a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from seeing the last rays of the fading glory. 14But their minds have been closed. To this day the same veil is still there on the reading of the old covenant and isn’t taken away, because it is put away only in Christ. 15Yes, to this day, when they read Moses, a veil lies on their hearts. 16but whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18And all of us, reflecting the Lord’s glory in our unveiled faces, are changed from glory to glory to be like Him, as we expect it from the Lord, Who is the Spirit.
Because we expect this, what is this? This is the previous verses, “the service that gives righteousness much more certainly overflows with glory” and “that which is permanent much more certainly has glory.” This service is the preaching of the gospel Jesus which came in grace and truth. This gospel is Jesus Christ has won salvation for us on the cross of death and by his dying and rising to life for us, we who believe this receive the righteousness of Christ for free. The glory of this gospel does not fade away for it is permanent. Jesus’ work does not fade, wear down or be destroyed. This makes us bold to proclaim it and share it with the world around us.
Moses having to wear a veil to keep people from seeing his glory fade became symbol of another reality. There is a veil covering the minds of the Jews when Moses, the Torah is read. As their ancestors whom the LORD Jesus delivered from the Egyptians were a hard headed and stiff-necked people so their descendants are who are with us to this day. They did not listen to Moses in the desert and they don’t listen to Moses today. If they did, they would turn to Jesus Christ their LORD and be healed. As Jesus said in John 5, 46If you really believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me.”
The veil that blinds them and us to Moses is “put only away in Christ” and whenever to “turn to the LORD.” That is to say, faith in Jesus and what he has done for us on the cross and his resurrection opens up the meaning of Scripture both Old and New Testaments. For Jesus has said, 44“I told you that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must come true.” The Spirit opens our minds to understand it when he is given us through the good news of Jesus. This Spirit gives us liberty. He frees us from the bondage of the Law and of sin and death.
Now we who believe this reflect the LORD’s glory. We are being changed from one glory to the next to be like him. 1 John 3 writes, “we’ll be like Him because we’ll see Him.” The LORD who is the Spirit makes us participants in his glory and we will bear that glory when he is revealed from the heavens. The glory we have in Christ is greater that our first in the garden. He is conforming us to his glory in his image and likeness. Now in faith we believe we are being transformed inwardly then our glory will overtake our mortality and we shall shine like the stars above.
Heavenly Father, Jesus gives us the glory you have given him when we have faith in him and his works for us. Grant us always this faith by your Holy Spirit so we may outwardly bear this glory of the day of his revelation to the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.