2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭3‬:‭9‬-‭18‬ ‭‬‬

“If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭9‬-‭18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In today’s mainstream Christianity, there is a veil that keeps people from having freedom. The veil has always been a similar type of legalism, yet this generation has that veil on the other side of the spectrum. Whereas, in the past, Christians valued the law but didn’t understand its place, now they don’t value that same law but instead value the personality of God. It is important to make a distinction here between personality and personhood. Christian’s in modernity love to lean into his supposedly softer attributes as more important than any other thing in their faith. They see his love without his personhood or context for that love and they berate Christians who try to bring that context. They hide their faces and shun those who expose that love is not amorphous or nebulous, but specific and attenuated. In this, they have instituted a new type of legalism that is equally as harmful as the ancient legalism practiced by the Pharisees. We must be careful to not be ashamed of the full breadth of our Christian faith. It has a context, a form and a purpose. These things are life giving, glorious and good. We must lift the veil and step into the freedom of being with a god who is truly God and nothing to hide from.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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