When Moses comes down from Sinai, he puts a veil over his shining face. The people couldn’t look at God’s glory, Paul tells us, because their hearts were hard.
That was then. Paul himself is in a very different place. He speaks openly, without a veil. He doesn’t hide the glory of God in the face of Jesus.
And it’s not only Paul:
“we all with unveiled face behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and are transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” Through Christ, God has made is possible for us to gaze at glory. The new covenant of the Spirit is God’s solution to hard-heartedness.
In this covenant, there is no room for “I can’t”: No room for, I can’t forgive. Or, I can’t love her. Or, I can’t overcome this sin. Or, I can’t make this marriage work. “I can’t” comes from hard-heartedness. It is a denial of the new covenant, a denial of Jesus and His Spirit. “I can’t” is unbelief.
Your don’t have to live with a hard heart. The Spirit has given the church a living heart of flesh, Jesus Himself, who dwells in you. Trust Jesus and His Spirit. Cling to Him. Stand see Him transform you from glory to glory.
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 6:44 am
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