Came home from church yesterday, and knew what I needed to write. I only finished it today, and will type it later. But in the meantime, this morning I revisited a passage I read while looking up a reference yesterday. This passage is found in 2 Corinthians 3. I had a thought which provoked today’s post. The verses below are the main reference.
The Glory of the New Covenant
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect [fn1] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Moses hid the Glory his face was ‘reflecting’ with a veil.
We who are in Christ reflect His Glory without a veil.
I used to have a glow in the dark cross when I was a young teen. I’d hold it up to the light bulb, really close, so it could absorb the light as much (& as quickly-arms got tired) as possible. Then I’d duck under the covers with it. This small cross would let off a glow that filled that previously dark space with a soft glowing light. As I’ve heard it stated many times, where there is light, there is can be no darkness.
That is how I view us, as children of God. As we spend time, up close and personal with Him, we absorb the Light of His Glory and then radiate it wherever go.
Along the same line of thought, I had an encounter during worship at the end of a conference a handful of years ago. One of the worship leaders of the house had a word to give. I was standing just a few feet in front of him at the time. He referred to the scriptures about the mysteries of Christ and said, “You are the mysteries of Christ! [Col.1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.]
I physically felt the power of this word. As I stood there, I saw myself as this transparent cross. Then, as if there was a lid at the top (my head), it was opened up and this ‘liquid’ light (glory??) was poured in and filled me so that I looked much like that plastic glow in the dark cross.
I believe this is how we were intended to live – so completely transparent, lives cleaned inside and out like window glass, that the fullness of the Glory of Christ can shine through. It reminded me of an incandescent light bulb. When they are dusty the light is dim, but when cleaned the light shines brightly.
May we shine from within and without, filled with His Presence, revealing His Glory!