2 Corinthians 3

Today’s chapter is 2 Corinthians 3 according to our schedule.

Have you ever wondered why two people can read the same Bible passage yet one believes and the other does not? The answer is here in 2 Corinthians 3, specifically verses 12-18. Those who do not believe have their hearts veiled (vv. 14-15). Their eyes can see the words and their minds can understand them at a certain level. However, unbelief covers their eyes, spiritually speaking. Paul compared this spiritual problem to the problem Moses encountered when he was on Mount Sinai. After spending hours in the Lord’s presence, Moses’ face radiated light (v. 7) so he put a veil over his face so that the Israelites would not be alarmed or disturbed by the sight of his glow. Similarly, unbelief stood between unbelieving Israelites (and any other unbelievers) and the glory of God revealed in the Old Testament (v. 14). All the prophecies that predicted Christ, all the promises God made, all the instructions on how to live a life that pleased Him were seen but not really grasped by faith.

The only remedy to this problem is Christ. There is no way for us to remove the veil from our own eyes or anyone else’s; rather, “only in Christ is it taken away” (v. 14c). According to verse 16, however, Christ saved us to reveal the glory of God in the word to us. “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” Now, according to verse 18, God uses the word to transform us into his image as we see his glory displayed in the word.

This is one reason why believers in Christ need to be in the word on a regular basis. We are transformed spiritually by the power of God as we read the word because in Christ we have an ability to receive the word, believe the word, and obey it to become like Christ. I hope these daily readings are helping you to grow in your faith in Christ. Keep reading so that you will be more and more transformed into God’s image.