That’s it. Plain and simple. Let us dive right into our key text coming out of II Corinthians 3:14 — 17 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:
14 But their minds were blinded; for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses* is read, the veil is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
* old testament reference
At this point in the scriptures, Paul is writing yet another letter to the church of Corinth, and in this correspondence he brings to the attention of his readers some vital revelations. First, the pivotal difference between the old and new testaments — the years before Christ (B.C.) and the years of Christ forward (A.D.) — is the direct access believers now have to God. In the old testament places of worship, the tabernacle, there was a veil behind which only the designated priest could go, because it was behind the veil that the presence of the Lord resided. For modern day descriptive purposes, one can think of the veil as a giant cloth wall, but the material with which it was made was very heavy. Prior to the crucifixion of Christ, the specially designated priest was the only man allowed to enter into the presence of God. When Christ died on the cross, however, the tabernacle veil was torn into two, thence forward giving Christians direct access to God. This meant that Christians no longer needed to communicate with God through a priest but could then, and can now have, a personal intimate relationship with Christ for themselves. Paul is reminding the church at Corinth that they as individuals can have a direct relationship with Christ and that they did not need to be stuck in the old way.
With all of the latter in mind, we can now look back at the key text and understand what the apostle Paul means when he says, “…when it (their hearts) shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.” When we turn our hearts to Christ, we can experience the fullness of His glory and the boundlessness of His love. When our hearts are turned away from Him, we limit what we can experience of God. In essence, we bind ourselves. Knowing this makes the following verse even sweeter, “…where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” So remember, by Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior can experience Christ for themselves without having to go through anyone or anything else, and when we turn our hearts to God our spirits are free. Have a blessed day!
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