Take away the veil

Die Wendung des Herzens

„For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:14).

In these verses Paul calls attention to the veil, that can cover our hearts when we are reading the word. Own concepts, prejudices, expectations and objectives cover easily the real message and purpose of the word, that is to show the glory of Christ and to get us transformed into the same image (V. 18).

The way out of this problem is the turning of the heart to the spirit: „But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Neverthless when one 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” (V. 15-17). If we turn to the Lord by reading the bible, we can experience that liberty Paul mentioned. The liberty of all veils hindering us to behold the Lord. The burden of Paul in this chapter was, to bring the Corinthians into the direct touch with the lord, when they read in the word of god. Don’t let us read the word without the Lord anymore.

After all, the Lord said: “For without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Do we read apart from him in the word, it will remain without effect. We also won’t be transformed into his image. That’s why it is so important to pay attention to our heart: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).