Spiritual Vision. Only through Christ can our eyes be opened; without the veil being removed we will never be able to understand the Bible.
12 Therefore, since we have
such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a
veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look
steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were
blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted
in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in
Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on
their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is
taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding
as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the
same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18, NKJV
Have you ever wondered why so many people read the Bible and yet do not have a clue as to what it really means to be a Christian? The words are right there before their eyes; it would seem that anyone with at least a second grade reading level could just read the Gospel of John, especially chapter 3, and understand how to become a Christian? Just think about that for a minute. Think of the throngs of people who followed Jesus, the Son of God, and yet never became believers. How hard, then, is it to imagine the same being true of those reading God's Word, the Bible?
Paul, in 2 Corinthians, tells us that unbelievers have a veil over their face; they are blind. It is not that they just need new glasses, they need new eyes! How then can some see while others can not?
But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
There it is! Only through Christ can our eyes be opened; without the veil being removed we will never be able to understand the Bible. Do you know people around you who stubbornly refuse to believe the Bible, or taunt you because of your belief? There is nothing you can do to change their mind! However, God can. Pray that God will lift the veil off their heart.
I love 2 Corinthians 3:18:
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Not only does God remove the veil, but He transforms us by the Spirit of the Lord. We will never be the same again! Everything changes for the Christian when their spiritual vision changes. We live the same life and go through the same motions each day, and yet we see and understand things that we never saw before. Peace and joy have replaced worry and doubt.
Pray today that God will give you eyes to see and ears to hear. If you are a Christian and your glasses have become smudged and blurry by sin and doubt, go to Christ. He will clean them!
Another Devotion on the Topic of Spiritual Vision