2 Corinthians 3:18
Scientists have estimated that the sun is some 93 million miles from earth. Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second, which means that it takes approximately 8 minutes, 20 seconds for sunlight to reach the earth. Even though the sun is that far away, to look at it with the naked eye causes permanent blindness. If this is true of the sun, how much more is it true of the blazing holiness of the One who created it?
When Moses was on Mt. Sinai, the Lord God told him that no man could see His face and live. For a period of forty days and nights, Moses was in the presence of God and was surrounded by glory. When he came down from the mountain, his face was reflecting the radiance from being in God’s presence for an extended amount of time. It was so awesome to the people that Moses had to cover his face with a veil when speaking to them!
Later on in the New Testament, the apostle Paul says that the veil prevented the people from seeing a fading glory. It illustrates the inadequacy of the old covenant. As those who have faith in Christ, we now behold the glory of God with an unveiled face. There is nothing obstructing our view of Christ’s glory that is revealed in Scripture. As we gaze upon the glory of God’s Son in worship, we are being transformed. One day in the future, we will see Him face to face, for we shall be like Him. The ultimate goal of a Christian’s life is to be like Christ. By continually focusing on Him, the Holy Spirit transforms us more and more into His image. Glory to glory!
“Father, I praise You today for salvation. As I gaze upon the glory of Your Son with an unveiled face, may Your Spirit conform me more and more into His image. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
For more, read Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18