“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV).
When Moses returned from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the law, the skin of his face shone and glowed with God’s glory, and the children of Israel were afraid to come near Moses (Exo. 34:30).
Therefore, Moses had to put a veil on his face while speaking with the children of Israel. That means the people could only see God’s glory through the veil. Sadly, many people today, like the Jews of old, are still beholding God’s glory through the veil.
The Scripture states: “But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.” (2 Cor. 3:14-15 NKJV).
This scripture reveals why many Jews could not recognize or accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah when He came to them (John 1:11).
When you view an object through a veil, your perception, observation, or description of the object will certainly be distorted or inaccurate because you are not seeing the object as it is.
Similarly, when you approach or behold God’s Word with a veiled mind, your interpretation and understanding of the Scripture will be distorted, biased and inaccurate, thereby resulting in a wrong application of God’s Word to your life and situation.
Many believers today are not being transformed increasingly into Christlikeness in their thoughts, emotions and character in spite of beholding, reading, hearing, or listening to God’s Word daily or regularly. Why? Because of the veils on their mind!
As a result of their veiled mind, they are always reading their preferred meanings and preconceived ideas into God’s Word, thereby speaking to themselves rather than God speaking to them through His Word and thus making God’s Word of no effect in their lives (Mark. 7:13).
Any veil you allow to remain on your mind will impair or distort your vision or revelation of Jesus Christ. It will blind your mind to the true love, nature, glory, or character of Christ.
You cannot be changed or transformed progressively into Christlikeness by His Word when you allow the veil of religion, of culture, of human tradition or philosophy to remain on your mind.
You are transformed into Christlikeness from glory to glory as you constantly behold the glory of the Lord in the mirror of God’s Word with an unveiled mind.
The Scripture states: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18 NKJV).
It is unprofitable to continue to behold the glory of the Lord in the mirror of His Word without dealing with the veils on your mind.
If you are not becoming increasingly like the Lord Jesus Christ in your mind, will, thoughts, mindsets, emotions, conduct or character in spite of you constantly reading, studying, hearing and meditating in God’s Word; you certainly have a veil on your mind that is preventing you from seeing clearly the Lord Jesus Christ as He is.
When you see the Lord Jesus as He is, with an unveiled mind, you will be like Him.
The Scripture states: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2 NKJV).
You are not becoming more and more like Christ because you are not seeing Him more and more as He is, with an unveiled face.
How then do you get the veil taken away from your mind?
Simply by turning to the Lord Jesus!
The Scripture states: “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Cor. 3:16 NKJV).
It is turning humbly, completely, or wholeheartedly to the Lord Jesus in faith that takes away the veil. Unless you approach God’s Word as a little child with eagerness and meekness to learn, trust and obey God’s Word, the veil will remain on your mind.
Beloved, it is turning wholeheartedly to the Holy Spirit and trusting Him completely to explain, expound, or interpret God’s Word to you that will get rid of the veils on your mind. However, if you continue to approach God’s Word as the wise and prudent, you will continue to behold the Lord’s glory in His Word with a veiled mind, and that is unprofitable to you.
God only reveals His Word to babes – those who approach His Word with eagerness, meekness, humility and faith to learn, to receive and obey what God’s Word teaches and commands.
The Lord Jesus said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.” (Matt. 11:25-26 NKJV).
Therefore, begin to approach God’s Word today with a child-like attitude, trusting the divine author of the Scripture, the Holy Spirit, to give you spiritual understanding and revelation knowledge of His Word.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I humbly and wholeheartedly turn to You today to take away every veil on my mind that I may see Christ as He is, and be progressively transformed into His likeness, in Jesus’ name. Amen.