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The Veil Is Taken Away

May 17, 2018

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The Veil Is Taken Away

Don’t tell me what to do!”  is the feeling of many  when they hear a sermon  on God’s law.     The burden  of God’s law  is impossible to carry.     It feels like,  “Don’t do this — don’t do that — no,  you’re not right — you’re doing it all wrong!”     Trying to obey the law  is like one failure  after another.     There’s just no pleasing anybody — no peace  in doing what I want  for once — no “joy”  in living.

That’s the way it is  when we focus only  on the laws of God  and forget all about the gospel  of Jesus Christ.     When we think  of God’s law  as nothing but a bunch of rules  nobody can keep,  we are blinding ourselves  to the good purpose  of the law.

The law shows us everything  that is good and right — all the things  that make for peace and happiness  for everyone.     Like “Thou shalt not steal.”     If somebody steals  from us  it really hurts.     There is nothing good or right  about anyone stealing  from us.     Therefore,  we should not hurt others  by stealing  from them.     Such thievery hurts  everyone involved.

So,  when God’s law says,  “Thou shalt not steal”,  that law is so good  and right,  we should not feel angry  about being told  we are wrong  for whatever stealing  we might have done.     That same principal  should be applied  to every one  of the Ten Commandments.     They are all  good and right.     They all show us how  to live in peace  and happiness  with each other.

Nevertheless,  we have all failed  to keep all these laws.     And,  worse yet,  we get really riled  when someone points out  our failure.     We don’t want anyone  bringing up our sins,  especially when we know  that they,  too,  have sinned.     And so,  our anger burns  and we harden our hearts.     Those are the same feelings Paul was talking about  in 2 Corinthians 3:14-18,

But their minds  were hardened;  for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted,  because it is removed  in Christ.    But to this day  whenever Moses is read,  a veil lies  over their heart;  but whenever a man turns  to the Lord,  the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit;  and where the Spirit of the Lord is,  there is liberty.     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 from the Lord,  the Spirit.

Paul is saying  that focusing only  on the law  gives us hardened minds.     We just cannot get rid  of that sickening feeling  of guilt.     It’s a hateful feeling.     It’s like a veil  that prevents us  from seeing  what is behind it.     But,  that veil of anger and guilt  is taken away  when we confess our sins  to Christ  and turn to Him  for forgiveness.     He has promised  to forgive absolutely everyone  who honestly turns  to Him.

Turning to Jesus  allows Him  to let His Spirit work  in us,  and Paul says, “where the Spirit  of the Lord is, there is liberty.”      In other words,  when we lay all our sins  on Jesus,  we are set free.     We don’t have to carry the burden  of all our sins.     With the Holy Spirit working  in us,  we no longer focus  on our past,  but we are able  to have our veil of guilt  taken away  and we can look  at the law and see  “the glory  of the Lord.”      We see the glory  of the keeping  of the law  as something beautiful,  good,  right,  and holy.     That is everything God is.     Our Lord is beautiful,  good,  right,  and holy — and He loves us  with a holy love,  desiring everything good  for us.

As we see all this goodness and love  reaching out to us  to help us,  we see the wonder  of a love  more beautiful than words can express.     Then we want  to be like  that beautiful love.     We are seeing the glory  of the Lord  and we “are being transformed  into the same image  from glory to glory.”     The love of God changes us  so that we no longer  view the law  as a burden,  but as a mirror  that shows us  just a little bit  of all of God’s glory  and majesty.     And,  it’s so beautiful and good,  we want to be just like  our heavenly Father.

With our desire  to be like our heavenly Father,  we are slowly being transformed  to be  just like Him.     Every day  we see the goodness and love  we want to imitate  and as we keep our eyes  on Jesus,  we do start leading lives  that are more God-pleasing.     Then  we are walking in “liberty”  because we are wanting  to be like our Lord.     Nobody is forcing us  to do anything.     We just want it  because it is good,  and right,  and holy — just like God’s love for us  in Christ.     Then,  imitating our heavenly Father  brings us joy  and real happiness.

Our hardened minds  are melting away  and we are relieved  of our burdens.     We won’t ever be perfect  in this life,  but we will have the joy  of living  in the forgiveness  of our Lord.     That will make this life easier  to bear  and we say, “Hallelujah!     Lord,  the beauty  of Your love and holiness  is far beyond words.     Thank you  for this gift  of salvation  through the blood of Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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