- But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18)
A person living in the presence of the Lord is like a mirror.
A mirror reflects whatever it beholds.
The Bible tells us that we need to be beholding and reflecting the glory of the Lord.
Because if we behold the Lord, we reflect the Lord.
If a veil is placed over the mirror, nothing is reflected.
- But their thoughts were hardened; for until the present day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant, it not being unveiled to them that the veil is being done away with in Christ. … whenever Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart; But whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (v. 14-16)
What is the veil that Paul is referring to?
Moses had a veil on his face, so that the children of Israel would not see the glory of the law passing away.
The veil on their heart was their old, traditional religion.
Paul is telling us that we need to behold the Lord with an unveiled face.
Our own Christian traditions may be a veil covering us from the real seeing of the Lord Himself.
Whenever the heart “turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Cor. 3:16). Our heart needs to be turned to the Lord so that we can behold Him with an unveiled face.
Second Corinthians 3 should not merely be a doctrine to you. The real deliverance from our veils is not something merely outward, but it is something in the spirit.
- “The Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17).
When we keep ourselves in the spirit, the veil is gone immediately.
We will be able to see the Lord, and others will see Him in us through our reflection of Him, becoming a beholding and reflecting mirror of Christ.
Now, how does this happen?
Let us look at an example.
When cameras used film to take a picture, the lens would open and the light would enter.
Then the scenery would be imprinted on the film, producing a picture of that scenery.
Our mind with all the thoughts is like the camera lens, and a right spirit with a right heart is like the film.
When we come to the word, the divine light is waiting for us to open ourselves.
When this happens, Christ is impressed into us.
Now within us there is a picture, an image, and this image is the very Christ that we reflect.
Day and night we need to open ourselves to the Lord so Christ can be impressed into us again and again.
All day long we need to use the “shutter,” that is, we need to open yourself to the Lord through prayer.
Then Christ will be impressed into us more and more.
And as we behold Him, we will reflect Him more and more.
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