Glorious Transformation-2 Corinthians 3:10-18

2 Corinthians 3:10-18 “For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinzi 3:10-18 “Anzi, quello che nel primo fu reso glorioso, non fu reso veramente glorioso, quando lo si confronti con la gloria tanto superiore del secondo; 11 infatti, se ciò che era transitorio fu circondato di gloria, molto più grande è la gloria di ciò che è duraturo. 12 Avendo dunque una tale speranza, ci comportiamo con molta franchezza 13 e non facciamo come Mosè, che si metteva un velo sul volto perché i figli d’Israele non fissassero lo sguardo sulla fine di ciò che era transitorio. 14 Ma le loro menti furono rese ottuse; infatti, sino al giorno d’oggi, quando leggono l’antico patto, lo stesso velo rimane senza essere rimosso, perché è in Cristo che esso è abolito. 15 Ma fino a oggi, quando si legge Mosè, un velo rimane steso sul loro cuore; 16 però, quando si saranno convertiti al Signore, il velo sarà rimosso. 17 Ora, il Signore è lo Spirito; e dove c’è lo Spirito del Signore, c’è libertà. 18 E noi tutti, a viso scoperto, contemplando come in uno specchio la gloria del Signore, siamo trasformati nella sua stessa immagine, di gloria in gloria, secondo l’azione del Signore, che è lo Spirito.”
     Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians and later received word back that the problems he addressed were still continuing; about a year later he wrote yet another letter to them to correct these issues. One of the points he wanted to emphasize was the comparison between the Old and New Testament covenants. The way he illustrated it was through the example of the glory that radiated upon Moses’ face when he received the Ten Commandments. The glory on his face was wonderful but in comparison to the New Covenant gloriously displayed in Christ Jesus, Moses’ experience was a fading glory. The candle of the Old Testament Covenant diminished but the candle of the New Covenant is eternal!
     Notice how Paul shows this contrast by the mention of the veil that covered Moses’ face. The Old Testament was not the end of God’s revelation because the veil hid the glory on his face. In Christ, the veil has been removed and we see the unmasked radiance of God’s glory through the face of Jesus. The glory on Moses’ face was transitory but the glory of Jesus is eternal.
    This leads us to the point of these comparisons: freedom for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (v. 17). We look to the Lord with unveiled faces by the Spirit that lives in us and His glory is reflected freely in us as we are being progressively transformed by ever-increasing rays of His glory. In other words, as we grow closer to the Lord, His image is revealed in us more and more. As “we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ,” (2 Peter 3:18), His freedom abounds in us. Without question, the New Covenant is far superior to the Old!
Pray with me: Lord, I am grateful for the freedom I have in Christ Jesus. As I grow in Your grace and knowledge, may Your glory be reflected in me and revealed to others so I can show them Your way.

 



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