Scripture reading for July 31st: 2nd Corinthians 3
Paul was a Pharisee and student of the Jewish Scriptures–our Old Testament. He understood the law and the glory that Moses experienced as he received the Law in the holy Presence of God on the mountain. “Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness? For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts.” (2nd Corinthians 3:7-11)
Jesus brought a ‘New Covenant’ that was of greater glory than the Old Covenant! The Law could only show men their sin and provide temporary relief through animal sacrifice. The New Covenant brought forgiveness through Christ’s perfect sacrifice! The Law brought condemnation and death, the Spirit brings justification and life eternal! The Old Covenant was temporary, the New Covenant in Christ is eternal. The Old Covenant required Moses wear a veil to cover the fading glory, the New Covenant removes the veil from all believers in Christ!
“Now where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 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.” (2nd Corinthians 3:17-18) The glory of Christ in each believer transforms them into His likeness! The glory that they reflect is “ever-increasing!” Believers are growing in glory!