“But whenever a person turns in repentance to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:16
In our continuing study of the 3:16 verses of the Bible, Paul is explaining to the believers their relationship with the Lord. Since most of his listeners were Jewish he frequently takes them back to the old testament in order to bring them forward to Jesus.
The old testament always offered the promise of the Messiah. The Jews couldn’t see Jesus as Messiah when He came because they were looking for a conquering Messiah, someone who would defeat their oppressors. They had their feet and minds planted on this earth and only viewed the Romans, their enemy at that time, as their oppressor. Had they been heavenly minded, which some were, they would have seen the great oppressor is a spiritual being, the devil, and he was defeated at Calvary.
Back to our verse today, Paul is reminding them that Moses wore a veil on his face because his face was shining from being in the presence of the Lord. That brilliance over time faded, but he still wore the veil. Paul says the Jews still have a veil over their hearts and minds by being hard-hearted and callous. For believers though, those who have turned to the Lord and repented of their sins, the veil is stripped off and taken away. Verse 18 tells us that we continue to behold, in the Word of God, as in a mirror the glory of the Lord. That we are being constantly changed into His very image, by behaving as He would.
Through salvation the veil is removed so that we can see God, know Him as Savior and Lord, and become like Him. Praise God!