II Corinthians 3:12 (NLT) Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
In this passage, Paul is talking primarily about the blindness of the Jews concerning Jesus as the Messiah. Yet he is also laying down a principle that applies to all people, Jew or Gentile. He is talking about blindness to biblical truth. Note verse 14: “But their minds were blinded.” Look family it’s in the Bible!
Please understand, the people Paul wrote to were sincere about God. They faithfully studied the books of Moses, the Law and prophets, the Psalms of David. They marveled at God’s Word, teaching from it and quoting it freely. But there was still a veil over their eyes. As is the case with us today and yes that’s what I am saying!
We think of a spiritual veil covering the eyes of Jews, Muslims and others, blinding them to the truth about Jesus. Yet there is also a veil blinding the eyes of many believers even today in our immediate lives. They read God’s clear warnings in Scripture, they hear them preached with power, yet they are still not affected by the Lord let alone the Word. In fact, they continue doing the very things they hear God’s Word renounce.
Paul says that before our blindness can be removed, we must turn to the Lord. “Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:16). The Greek word for turn here means “to reverse course.” In short, Paul is saying, “You have to admit that the course you’re taking has brought you to emptiness, ruin, despair.”
Point Ponder: If your life is in some kind of turmoil, if something is terribly wrong, and things are deteriorating—you know you are going to have to change course. You may think, “It’s my husband who’s in a bad place. I’m waiting for him to change.” Or, “My wife is headed for ruin unless she changes.” Or, “My boss is all wrong. Something has to change in him.” We so clearly see the mistakes and wrongdoings of others, yet we are blind to our own need for change. We need to admit to God, “It’s me, Lord. I’m the one who needs to change. Please, Father, show me where I’ve gone wrong.” Today it begins with you!
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker