2 Corinthians 3:12-16
John 9:24-41
“But their minds
were blinded …”
In 2 Corinthians 3:7-11, Paul explained why the ministration of grace in Christ Jesus is far more glorious than the ministration of the law. Christ has come to fulfil the law (Matt 5:17), and to be our righteousness. As such, He is the mediator of a better covenant (Heb 8:6). Paul is assured of the work of Christ and the sure hope of this new and better covenant. Thus, he is bold and open (parrēsia) in the declaration of the gospel. There is no reason for him to be ashamed of the gospel, and so must it be the case for us today.
Alas, despite the preaching of such a glorious gospel, there are still those who are resistant to the truth. Paul drew a parallel of this spiritual hardness with the veil that was over the face of Moses. Just like how the veil hid the face of Moses from the children of Israel during the ministration of the law, so now in the ministration of grace, there is also a veil over the hearts of the Jews this day that blinds them to the glory in Christ. They are unable to see how the things of the Old Testament have found their fulfilment in Christ. Similarly, there were still many who remained blind to spiritual truth despite the preaching of Paul. These included the opponents of Paul who opposed his Apostleship and message. Paul would later deal with this in 2 Corinthians 4:1-5.
Who then can remove this veil from the heart? Only Christ! However, those who harden their hearts refuse to go to the Saviour to have this veil removed and therefore, they cannot see. They may be reading the Scriptures, and hearing the preaching of the gospel, but because they refuse to go to Christ in faith, their blindness remains. Thus, Jesus told the hardened spiritual leaders during His earthly ministry, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth” (John 9:41).
As for those whom we have shared the gospel with, understand that only Christ can take away the veil from their hearts. Pray for God’s mercy to be upon them.
THOUGHT: Has the veil over your heart been taken away in Christ?
PRAYER: Father, only Thou can give light to the spiritually blind.