In 2 Corinthians 3:17 Paul refers to the removal of the veil. This is another example of what I call Holiness Flow. However, in this case, rather than having an impact on the direction in which holiness flows, here we have Holiness Flow, or Reverse Holiness Flow, allowing or restricting where we may go and consequently what we may do.

Moses is told that only he may walk on the mountain while the Lord is there speaking to him. No one else may come anywhere near the mountain while the Lord is speaking to Moses. In other words, except for Moses, man was not free to approach the mountain while God presented himself there. (Exodus 34:3)

When Moses returned from the mountain his face glowed because of the presence of God that was about him and the people were afraid. So after that day when Moses went in before the Lord he would do so without a veil. But when he came out to speak to the people he would put on a veil because the sons of Israel could not look at Moses, even though the glory of God’s presence on Moses’ face was fading away. (Exodus 34:29-34)

Referring to this account in Exodus 34, Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, says the veil has been lifted by the hope in the Resurrection of Christ.

Paul states this in a very powerful way when he says, “the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

The Greek term translated "liberty" is ἐλευθερία and literally means “the freedom to walk wherever one wills”.

Since Paul has connected this liberty to Moses meeting the Lord on the mountain, Paul is stating that unlike the people of Moses’ time, who were not allowed to walk on the mountain, those who believe in Christ are free to walk wherever; this would include where Moses walked on the mountain.

As the presence of Christ changes Holiness Flow it also changes where those in Christ may go. No longer does a believer have to worry about becoming contaminated by what they encounter. First, they do not need to worry about coming in contact with that which is unclean, corrupt or evil and having these things overwhelm them. Second, they do not need to worry about coming in contact with the presence of God and in some way offending God. Why? Because, through Christ and the Spirit, God is already within the believers so they cannot encounter anything greater than what they already have within them – the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. There is no more holy ground than this. And because there is no more holy ground than this there is nowhere those in Christ might walk where God’s presence would be off limits.

The veil is now gone. And without the veil there is no longer anything beyond the veil that is off limits. There is no place where we could go and lose our holiness. There is no place we could go and offend the holiness of God. This means we are free in Christ to go wherever we chose to go. This is true Liberty. We may walk wherever we will.

© 2012 – 2013, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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