Another one of Renato Abati’s wonderful pictures serves as a reminder. Do we reflect Jesus? Do people see Him in us? Or are there two sides to us a pretty one and pouty, petulant one. We all have had those moments, let’s face it. No pun intended.
I got a compliment once that I treated people better than they treated me. But I have also been called a few other things, people are afraid of the light. It points out their sins and they are on the defensive. I have been there too. But I think that was more in line with accusations and oppression. People will be quick with those. Things like, ” If you’re a Christian, the woods are full of them. ” Whatever that means.
I know some people might have thought because I wasn’t in church regularly, I wasn’t. Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian. You have to be a Christ follower and I was, even a hearer and doer. I do recommend you go where you are fed spiritually, don’t rely solely on the internet, people need people, especially, young mothers and couples. Be a Titus 2 woman and help out.
But there are other reasons, people don’t see Jesus in us, they may not want to. They may have unbelief, the enemy blinds the eye of the unbeliever, and even of the believer who picks and chooses what to believe. Some may believe you are saved and that’s it, it would be enough but Jesus did so much more.
There are people who will turn a blind eye to spiritual gifts, who accept suffering or still believe God is out to get them, that they are being punished for something. I used to think I was doing something wrong but I was blinded to the fact He did answer my prayers, whether I saw results right away or not, and opened my understanding to the enemy of my soul who would keep you bound in fear and darkness, his darkness. God created both light and dark as good. How often the enemy hijacks the night designed for rest.
But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed. 2 Corinthians 3:14
Paul is explaining how many people, even after hearing about Christ are still trying to live under the law. Jesus fulfilled it all. People really do stick to the Ten Commandments, but if you live under the grace and truth of Jesus, and His command to love God and one another, you are not going be breaking them, you will never be ” good enough or worthy of heaven “, except through Jesus.
The veil he speaks of is the one in the temple torn at the crucifixion. His own torn flesh represents it. We need to see Him for what He is, the Son of God, sacrificed. Risen and living in us by His Spirit. We should be blinding the enemy, not the other way around. Jesus said the blind could not lead the blind.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age ( the devil ) has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:4
The gospel doesn’t have to be veiled, may He open the eyes and hearts of our understanding, for us and others to see Christ in us.
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