SCRIPTURE. 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
“Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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.”
Paul is referring to the Jews of the Old Testament when Moses came down from Sinai after meeting with God. Moses was so filled with the glory of the Lord that people could not stand to look him in the face. So, Moses covered his face with a veil. To this very day the Jewish people read the Old Testament but do not understand what it truly means. This veil covers their mind and it can be removed only by them believing in Christ. Where the spirit is there is no veil, all things are uncovered.
Paul shows that this spiritual revelation is followed by a spiritual transformation. With the veils gone, we can boldly look at Christ, who is the glory of God. We can now see him for who and what he is. This act of seeing and understanding the nature of Christ begins the process through which God transforms us into the image of Christ. “Where the spirit of their Lord is there is freedom’, freedom to know who Christ truly is and freedom show who we truly are in Christ.