Posted: April 29, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
interested this week with the ‘In Christ’ phrase of II
Corinthians 3:12-18. The verse that stands out as the hub of this text
is found in verse 14 where Paul says, “But their minds were blinded;
for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading
of the Old Testament: which vail is done away in Christ”.
tells us in verse 12 that his message is a message of hope (confident
expectation). Many of his readers still had a veil on their minds and
because of this he must use “…plainness of speech” (Vs. 12) The
word ‘plainness’ means all outspokenness, frankness, and
uses the illustration of the veil upon Moses’ face. The story is told
that Moses went up on the mountain, talked face to face with God, and
beheld His glory. This experience lit Moses up so much so that his face
did shine. When he came off the mountain he began to speak to the
people but they could not look on his face because it was so bright.
This is the reason that Moses veiled his face.
tells us, going to the Old Testament for its rules, regulations, and
rituals without seeing Christ pictured through the symbols will veil the
mind in blindness.
religions of today live in the laws and works of the Old Testament.
Such religions as the Catholics, Seventh Day Adventist, Mormons,
Jehovah’s Witness and sad to say our legalistic Baptist brethren live
under the law of the Old Testament without ever seeing the Christ of the
law. Legalism is present in the life when we keep an outward rule or
ritual, thinking it will get us approval and a closer standing with our
Lord. There is no difference in saying the rosary beads, making signs
of crosses on our chest, worshipping on Saturday, giving up pant suits,
movies, and smoking if done to get a better approval with God. We must
see the law, rituals, pictures, and types are all schoolmasters to get
us to Christ. Christ is the only person that brings us into approval
and right standing with our God. The Christian life is not something we
produce by our doing of outward rules and rituals. The Christian life
is something that Christ reproduces in us and through us. Christ is the
only one to ever live a Christian life. In verse 16 Paul tells us when
we see that it is the Lord alone that satisfies God then the veil is
removed and three things will transpire in our life.
first thing verse 17 says will be is ‘Liberty’. When we rely
upon the indwelling Holy Spirit and not the outward rituals and
regulations to produce Christ likeness there will be liberty. The word
‘liberty’ means moral freedom, to move from the position of a
slave to a citizen, and to be exempt from obligation of liability. We
are freed not to do, but to be. So many of the brethren live today as
slaves in their Christian walk. They scan the Bible to make sure they
are keeping all the rules. The news has not reached them that there has
been an Emancipation Proclamation that Christ is the fulfillment of the
law and His children are no longer slaves but freed to be citizens of
will not only be ‘Liberty’ but there will be ‘Light’. In verse
18, Paul says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord…” The ‘glass’ is the mirror of the
Word of God. When the vail is removed we will look in the Bible not to
see another rule to keep, but Christ the ruler of all. He gives us
light to walk in. John said, ‘If we walk in the light, as He is in
the light we have fellowship together and His blood takes away all our
will not only be ‘Liberty’ and ‘Light’ but there will be ‘Likeness’.
In verse 18 Paul says, “…we are changed into the same image…”
Christ produces His likeness when there is Light and Liberty. I am glad
I do not have to concern myself with outward alignment with the Baptist
brethren but as I cooperate with the indwelling Spirit of Christ, He
produces Liberty, Light, and His glorious Likeness in me, through me,
and on me. What a freedom to be positionally ‘In Christ’.