For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT)
Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now, through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1). When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:16 NLT)
When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was radiant from being in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35). Moses had to put on a veil to keep the people from being terrified by the brightness of his face. Paul adds that this veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. This veil illustrates the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds because of their pride, hardness of heart, and refusal to repent. The veil kept them from understanding references to Christ in the Scriptures. When anyone becomes a Christian, the veil is taken away (3:16), giving eternal life and freedom from bondage. That person can then be like a mirror reflecting God’s glory. (Tyndal Study Bible)
The amazing thing about salvation is that we are free from sin. We carry the burdens of the world and our daily struggles before we are born again. Set free from all those sins and burdens when we accept Jesus as our saviour. At the same time, Jesus died for our sin; and was resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit. At His death, the Holy Spirit was set upon the earth. That is the Spirit that Paul is talking about that will guide us. That is the Spirit that creates the freedom. That is the voice that tells us to make the right, choices. Sure, we can ignore it as many of us do. Wrong decisions cause guilt and condemnation. Then human nature sets in; we feel we should blame someone, instead of taking responsibility for our action. Often this involves our loved one, those closest to us.
From time to time, one should read more than just the particular scripture. I included the scripture before. Paul is explaining as unbelievers we live with a veil covering us from the Glory of God. Only if we accept Jesus as our saviour, the veil is lifted. Then we are free from sin with the Holy Spirit guiding us. The burdens of the world removed. Set free.
The most significant result of my salvation, I learnt to “Love” again. Jesus gave me a heart of flesh removed the stony parts. I do everything with far more compassion and love than before. Not perfect but making huge strides on a daily basis.
“Lord thank you for removing my veil. The freedom is incredible. Give me the courage to share this with others. In Jesus name. Amen.”