II Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Recognizing the purpose of the veil will help us today in our relationship with God.
In the Old Testament book of Exodus, Moses describes the building of the tabernacle. This tabernacle is to be built on earth as a copy of heavenly things, a place where God can dwell with His people.
Its design and construction are described in great detail in (Exodus Chapters 26 – 28), then again in (Chapters 34 through 38).
One of its most beautiful pieces was a veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary.
The veil represented man’s separation from God; man, at that time had no real fellowship with God.
Only Moses could enter into such personal fellowship with God. He would come in such intimate contact with God that even his face shone with the glory of the Lord.
Moses would use a veil to cover his face. (II Corinthians 3:13) says that Moses used the veil to keep the people from seeing what was passing away, but the next verse states that their minds were blinded.
It was as though the minds of the people had their own veil that kept them from really seeing the truth.
Years later when Jesus died on the cross, this veil, still used to separate the two sections of the temple, was torn in two.
Jesus died so that we may have personal fellowship with God (Matthew 27:51). No longer was a veil needed, because there was no longer a need for separation.
The only veil left is the one that we keep, over those areas we have not yet surrendered to God.
To understand the Lord, we must be fully transparent with ourselves.
Do you have a veil covering part of your heart or mind? As Christians, we might be quick to say, “Of course not, I love Jesus and I know His Spirit lives within me.”
I am one of those Christians who not only would say it but also would believe it with all my being.
How can I be veiled in any area when I so desperately want all that the Lord has for me? How can I be blinded when all I want is to see with spiritual eyes?
But the closer I walk with the Lord, the more I understand how blind I really am. A veil does not have to be thick.
The veil in the temple was about three feet thick. I have learned that the veils that cover my heart and mind can be quite thin, enough to let me see through but not enough to let me see clearly.
So, what do we make of this? What significance does this torn veil have for us today? Above all, the tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was enough atonement for sins.
It signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time. The veil being torn from top to bottom is a fact of history.
The profound significance of this event is explained in glorious detail in the New Testament book of Hebrews.
The things of the temple were shadows of things to come, and they all ultimately point us to Jesus Christ. He was the veil to the Holy of Holies, and through His death, the faithful now have free access to God.
The veil in the temple was a constant reminder that sin renders humanity unfit for the presence of God.
Point to ponder
We must go through this process with the Lord if we want to continue to grow in our walk with Him.
Breakthroughs come, and strongholds are broken when we get through these types of trials.
There are so many separations we should take note of Religions, marriages, races, families, cultural, that only perpetuate division! Can you see the separations in life and our world?
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