Lesson Six • Devotion #5: The Veil has been Lifted

There is no moment in life more stirring than when a father walks his daughter down the aisle, lifts her veil, and presents her to the man who is to be her husband. Lifting the veil is symbolic of the permission being given by the father for the groom to know her, to love her, to really see her for the first time. They are now free to join their lives together and live as one.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul is writing to remind the Corinthian church that the Gospel he preached to them is glorious, freeing, and alive. It is so much more glorious than what he calls the old covenant of the Law, “the ministry of death.” The attempt at keeping the Law never saved anyone, only condemned them. Romans 3:19-20 explains that the Law was intended to show people their sinfulness and inability to please God. We are completely inadequate through our own efforts to be righteous. Without God’s intervention, we are condemned already (John 3:18). However, for the believer, there is Good News! Jeremiah 31:33 says, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” The end of verse 34 adds, “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

God, through the work of Christ, has lifted the veil that used to blind our hearts and has made us alive by His Spirit. Instead of condemnation leading to death by a law written on stones, we have been given Christ’s righteousness and are being transformed by the Spirit living inside us. What an amazing God we have! Where once we were separated, God has now revealed Himself so we can really know Him. We can have a real relationship with the only Living God, the Creator, and the Sustainer of the universe. Psalm 46:6 says that He raises His voice, and the mountains melt! He removes kings and establishes kings (Daniel 2:21). He speaks, and the dead are brought back to life! This is our God who desires that we truly know Him and, through knowing Him, glorify, and love Him because of what He has done.

We can live today and every day with God at the center of our lives. We can dive deep into His Word. God speaks to us through the Bible so that we can understand what He is like, what He wants, and how we can please Him. We are loved by an all-powerful righteous God who desires that we know Him on a personal level. The more we allow His Word to work in us and through us by the Spirit, the more we will be transformed from one degree of glory to another until the day the veil of this life is lifted, and we see Him face to face.

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