|2 Corinthians 3:7-16 |
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stone, was glorious, "so that the children of Israel could not steadily look on the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance;" which glory was to pass away;
8 How will the ministry of the spirit not be more glorious?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation is glorious,2 how much more does the ministry of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious has no glory now, because of the glory that excels it.
11 For if that which is passing away was glorious, that which remains is much more glorious.
12 Since we have such a hope, we use great plainness of speech.
13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not steadily look at the end of that which was passing away.
14 But their minds were blinded; for even to this day the same veil remains, not being taken away when the old testament is read. Because the veil is taken away only in Christ.
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their hearts.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil will be taken away.3
3 When one turns to the Lord, the veil will be taken away. Christendom has the same veil over their understanding today. They have the words of warning, the words of intense requirements, the words counseling to strive with every effort; but they don't hear.
Indeed you [God] are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument;
for they hear your words, but they do not do them. Eze 33:32
Their hearts are veiled by their selfishness and presumption that those words only apply to "bad" people, not "righteous" people like themselves. We know that a man really has no deep understanding of sin, until the Holy Spirit shows it to him. A man must turn to the Lord, conscious of his failures to observe the outward law, in order to receive this understanding of sin in himself; then the veil is taken away.
God reveals unrighteousness to the spiritual man. But the natural man cannot receive the things the Spirit of God and cannot see the depth of unrighteousness. This is a basic function of the Holy Spirit — to convince the world of sin [unrighteousness]. The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting it to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying — immorality, impurity, greed — evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every thought of man is at best a vain hiss." What is to be known of God, is revealed by God within a man's heart, Rom 1:19. Mark! Not from reading a book. Not from listening to a preacher speaking without words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as he speaks. When a man silently waits for the Lord, the Lord searches his heart and mind, showing him his sins —the veil is taken away. And the same grace of the Lord that shows a man his sins, also takes the sins away — not just forgiving, but destroying even the desire to sin from your heart: For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8.