Notes from Alison’s message on 6th March 2011 speaking from 2 Corinthians 3: 7 – 18
Read 2 Corinthians 3:7 – 18.
Note: Jewish Christians had arrived in Corinth and been telling the new Christian converts that they had to follow the laws of the old covenant.
Read Exodus 33 & 34 for background information.
2 Corinthians 3:16 when we turn to the Lord, the veil that is over our minds is removed.
Q. Other place think of veil in Bible: Matthew 27:51.
Direct access to God
Q. How do we see the glory of the Lord?
- Reading the Bible, particularly the Gospels – there we see the image of God “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” John 14. 9
- Worship – more than singing, adoring God, telling him how wonderful he is, thanking him, living fully in order to glorify him.
- In yourself: “made in the image of God”.
- In other people.
I think we have tendency to try to put the veil back, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Might be due to a number of things:
- Fear – not Godly – about what might happen if we show God who we really are, our true motives.
- Shame – (Ps 69 – shame covers David’s face like a veil) embarrassed about something happened to us or that we have done. Don’t really believe that we can be forgiven, if something we’ve done. Don’t want to have to face dealing with it, if something done to us.
- Too busy – don’t think we have the time to read the Bible, don’t have time to stop and look at God’s glory, to sit in silence and wonder, to marvel at his creation and say thank you.
- Grief – maybe touched by grief and it’s too painful to deal with, so you try to hide it behind a veil to protect yourself from having to face up to it.
- Wanting to do the right thing more than wanting to be with God.
- Lack of trust in God – if all of our experience is head knowledge, then we may know of God, feel that we have an understanding of God but we will never have a relationship built of trust and intimacy.
Q. Which parts of yourself would you like God to transform?
This is not about becoming all the same, this is about becoming more who God created us to be. Changed “from one degree of glory to another”, (NIV: with ever increasing glory). The Sprit working in us, as we encounter God, changes us.
All of Us. Not just for the super spiritual – for all. We are all called to draw closer to God, so that we can see him as if in a mirror, and as a result become more like him.
Q. Would you like your face to shine with the glory of the Lord?
Suggestions for Lent:
- Look into the face of God more – worship
- Read the Bible, particularly Gospels more deeply and look at the character of God incarnate
- Talk to God about where he is working – expect answers
- Get a prayer partner/triplet/group/spiritual guide – people to support you and encourage you in your faith
- If there is something which stops you from looking into the adoring face of God and being truly loved, get it sorted.
- Most of all – spend time with God.