The Surpassing Glory of the New Covenant
Veiling and Unveiling
"The time is coming", declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah". Jeremiah 31:31 NIV
"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 it's glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts"! 2 Corinthians 3:7-12
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who veiled his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 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. 2 Corinthians 3:12-16
Moses laudable attempt was however, unsuccessful; instead of recognizing the significance of the fading glory, the Israelites became dulled in their powers of perception. Paul finds evidence of this spiritual insensitivity in the fact that down to his own day, when the Old Covenant (Old Testament) was read in the synagogue or the Torah studied, the ability of the Jews to recognize the impermanence of the Mosaic order was impaired.
The glory of the New Covenant is displayed not outwardly on the face, but inwardly in the character.
© 2008 Nathaniel Stalling Jr