2 Corinthians 3:12-18
When Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from the mountain, he read them to the people. Their immediate response was: “All that God says, we will do.”… The truth was, of course, that before the day was over they had broken all ten of the commandments. They knew it, but they didn’t want anyone else to know. So they put up a facade. They covered over their failure with religious ritual and convinced themselves that the ritual was all God wanted. That pride which would not admit failure was the veil that hid the end of the fading glory.
We all tend to fear rejection if we are seen for what we are. The satanic lie is that in order to be liked or accepted we must appear capable or successful. Therefore we either project capability (the extrovert) or we seek to hide our failure (the introvert).
The new covenant offers the opposite. If we will admit our inadequacy, we can have God’s adequacy, and all we have sought vainly to produce (confidence, success, impact, integrity, and reality) is given to us at the point of our inability. The key is to take away the veil.
2 Cor. 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
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