Lesson Six • Devotion #2: Chiseled Stone?

“Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (MSG)

In the early years of the church, there was a struggle between the “old covenant” people and the “new covenant” people. The old covenant, simply put, was the written Scripture which contained hundreds of laws and guidelines for God’s people. When Jesus came as the fulfillment of Scripture and died for our sins, the status quo changed. When the new covenant was enacted by the sacrificial death of Jesus, the Spirit of God progressed from being found only in the written Scripture to living inside every believer. I like how Paul describes the old covenant as “obsolete.”

This Scripture describes an interesting concept. Human nature is to make a decision based on proof. You may know unbelievers who say, “If God would do” a certain thing, then they say they would believe He is real. They have said, “If He would give me a definitive sign, then I would accept Him.” That is not how it works in the spiritual realm. Paul describes a veil that is removed after we turn to God, and once removed, we have a realization that God is alive, and we can personally experience Him. He is not stuck in “chiseled stone” (the Ten Commandments). We are free of the old laws. Instead, we desire to live lives obedient to Jesus and reflect His glory. 

God is always ready for a relationship with the unbeliever. He pursues us, and when we open our hearts to Him, “our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18 The Message).

Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

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