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. 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.
2 Corinthians 3:13-14
Paul says that their minds, or literally their perceptions, were made dull, hardened, and callous. Then he makes a statement that we miss the implications of altogether. He says that to this day the veil remains when the Old Covenant is read. IT HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED.
I’ve heard preachers talk about this and explain that it’s about the Jews who don’t understand that Jesus is the Messiah. The truth goes so much deeper than this. Remember, Paul is writing to believers in this passage. He makes no qualifications as to who the veil is covering.
He says, without any adjusting of the statement, that whenever the Old Covenant is read, the veil remains. Even if a Christian reads it there remains a veil that only Christ can remove.
The reason is that the law veils the truth about righteousness. The law sounds logical.
“If I will do this, then God will do that.”
“If I will bring the whole tithe to the church, then God will rebuke the devourer and pour out a blessing.”
“If I will walk in righteousness, then God will manifest His power in me.”
This veils the truth that under the New Covenant this is not the case. Paul goes on in more detail.
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
2 Corinthians 3:15-16
EVEN TODAY!!! It’s so clear. Right now if I read the Old Testament, a veil covers my heart. There’s a cure, however. The word, turns, in this verse is actually a Greek word that means turn again.
What this says to us, is that when anyone reads the Old Covenant a veil blocks their view of New Covenant righteousness. But when you turn again to Christ, the veil is cast off. How can you turn again to Christ if you were never looking at Him in the first place?
Paul is warning us that as New Testament believers, we cannot read the Old Testament without constantly looking back to what Christ did on the cross. He fulfilled it all. Everything I need to walk righteously before God has been supplied to me by the Savior.
Question: Why do many believers still live as though they’re under the Old Covenant?
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