The Jesus Apocalypse

2 Corinthians 3:18

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

There is a veil between us and God, preventing us from seeing him clearly, until we turn to Jesus.

And this veil can only be removed by believing in Christ. (v.14)

Without this veil being removed, we are unable to understand the truth. It is Jesus who unveils the truth of God…the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. (v.14)

The revelation of God that came in the Ten Commandments was only partial. The revelation that came in Jesus Christ was full and final and complete. The complete surpassed the incomplete. The Law was not wrong or in error, but partial, only a partial revealing of God. To stay there, in the Law, entrenched in rules, enslaved to a mere book, is to have your eyes veiled, unable to really see God.

But to look to the person, Jesus, is to be free indeed, bound only by love for Him, liberated to serve Him with our whole life because we have seen the point of the Law, to that which (who) fulfilled it, and is its true meaning and purpose. Christianity is all about a Person.

Now we are able to see God, no longer through a veil—a book, a code of laws—but through the Spirit who is God.

And we come to reflect that which we most gaze at.

William Barclay says of this verse, “if we gaze at Christ, we in the end reflect Him. His image, His reflection appear in our lives. It is a law of life that we become like the people we gaze at. People gaze at a film star and then begin to reproduce the dress and mannerisms they see there. People hero-worship someone and begin to reflect the ways of that person. If we contemplate God, if we walk looking unto Jesus Christ, if we fasten our eyes upon him, it is the glory of the Christian life that in the end we come to reflect Him.

 

 

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