Monday, September 20, 2010

From Glory To Glory

Q - 'From glory to glory Forever!' -2 Corinthians 3:18
I was wondering how you would interpret this phrase. I have my own meaning and it means something Really awesome to me, and I've asked a few of my protestant buddies who know the bible, and scripture a LOT better than I do, and the meaning is still there!
I was just curious of your interpretation...

A - Thanks for the question. Here is the passage you refer to in some context:
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not see the end of the fading splendor. But their minds were hardened; for to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their minds; but when a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. - 1 Cor 3: 12-18
What we see in this passage is a comparison of the Old Covenant of Moses with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, that St. Paul is a partaker and minister of, as an apostle of Christ.

Moses would wear a veil after seeing the Lord face-to-face. He had to wear this veil because the radiance of God would shine on his face and he hid this radiance from the Israelites when he came from God's presence to talk to the people.

St. Paul says the veil refers to the veiling of the full revelation of God's nature and His plan of salvation for His people, through the New Covenant in Jesus. Many Jews of Paul's day still did not see the truth about God, in Christ. But, now that we have the fullness of revelation through Christ, we do not have a veil that covers God's plan.

The freedom referred to is freedom from the Old Covenant's restrictions, which are now found in a personal relationship with Christ, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Thus, just as Moses was transformed when he saw God - and showed the glory of God to others, so the glory of God's love in a Christian's heart transforms us (especially through the Sacraments) into the glory of God, through the grace we receive to be like Christ, when we do as He commands us to do and live in faith, hope, and love.

Of course, being like Christ means we must sacrifice and suffer as well. But, with it comes great glory later.

I hope this helps.


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