“Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom.”
2nd Corinthians 3:17
In 2nd Corinthians 3:7-18, Paul compares the old ministry of the past covenant to the current glory of the new covenant found in Christ. He references the story of Moses found in Exodus 34:29-35. Moses experienced God on Mount Sinai. Moses was physically radiant because of this encounter. He covered up that radiance with a veil, in part because it intimidated his people. Additionally, Israel as a whole was unworthy of God’s full presence. Not just anyone could enter into the tabernacle where the LORD dwelled.
But we now live in a time of the new covenant, and Paul is harkening to that. Jesus represents the new covenant; in Jesus the veil is lifted so we can see. We now experience freedom from the shackles of the law that none could live up to. There is freedom from death and condemnation. Because of the new covenant, we are all made worthy. Our freedom is a direct link from the grace of God. We are all unveiled and able to experience the Spirit of the LORD. We all have access to the freedom provided through Christ’s sacrifice. Even if others haven’t accepted the LORD’s freedom, they have all been made worthy through Christ’s sacrifice.
While we cannot grant individuals freedom, the LORD and his Spirit can.
If we experience God in ridiculously tangible ways, his Sprit and radiance will show on us and in us. We will experience his Spirit, which brings about our freedom. It is then our responsibility to allow others to see that radiance, to lift up the veils, and to share our freedom in Christ. Pursue the LORD and his Spirit. Experience his freedom. Shine on for Christ.