Paul was teaching the Corinthians an important lesson. In the New Covenant that God established with his chosen, his glory shines through the lives of those that are in a relationship with the Lord. As Christ changes the hearts of men, they will shine His glory in their lives. In the old covenant, God’s spirit only reached out to Prophets, priests, and kings. It was a national relationship that required sacrifices for sin and atonement on a regular basis. In that covenant, When God would meet with Moses, God’s glory would shine on Mose’s face. So Moses would wear a veil to hide the shine as it faded.
In the new covenant, God’s glory shines through each of His chosen. Unlike the times when the glory faded off Moses’ face, God’s spirit indwells and remains with His chosen in the new covenant. They continue to glorify Him and He continues to shine through, day-in and day-out. In a personal relationship, Christ’s sacrifice atoned for all sin and his spirit was personal and permanently with each of His chosen. Since God’s spirit was with His chosen, God’s glory remained and did not fade.
In our lives, that is still the case. God’s spirit indwells us when we start a relationship with Christ. Then, as we follow Him daily, His glory shines through us. The Glory, however, does not fade as it did with Moses. Instead, He continues to be glorified as we simply become more like him. It is a great gift to know the Lord personally, but it is even a greater gift to have Him active in our lives on a daily basis. Help me, Lord, to honor and glorify You.
God Bless You
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, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was 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 transitory 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 prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing 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 all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.