Think of a veil that covers a bride’s face as she walks down the aisle toward her soon to be husband. The veil keeps the groom from beholding the bride’s face in its fullness. However, through the veil he may be able to see bits and pieces of her face. Now the Old Testament of the Bible is much like the bride’s veil as it shielded the fullness of God’s GRACE and MERCY towards His people (2 Corinthians 3:15-18 and John 1:17, New King James Version). You see, in the Old Testament the high priest was to sacrifice the blood of animals for the remission of the people’s sins EVERY year (Hebrews 9:7, NKJV). However, when God gave His only begotten son for us in the New Testament, this blood was indeed PRECIOUS enough to wipe out our sins once and for all and it showed us more CLEARLY how much God loves us (John 3:16, NKJV).
The fact that we can now go to God, through Jesus Christ, and receive forgiveness and everlasting mercy shows us a side of God that those in the Old Testament were not able to see as clearly. I am so glad Jesus died for us and removed the veil, allowing us to see God’s grace, mercy, and love more openly. However, I believe there is still another veil, so to speak, to be removed because we know according to John 1:18 (NKJV) no man has ever seen the face or fullness of God. God’s face is too glorious and too overwhelmingly great for us to behold its fullness in the flesh. However, we can see bits and pieces of God, His image, and His light through other people who have His Spirit within them and also through the mighty acts He performs.
Now even though we can’t actually look upon God’s face right now in the flesh, we have hope that we will one day see Him in the spirit. Luke 12:2 assures us saying, “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” One day we will indeed see God in His fullness, not in a mirror, or through a glass, not merely a glimpse or an image of Him; but face to face we will stand before the King. We will behold all of His goodness, all of His greatness, and at that moment the FINAL veil will be removed. My prayer is that on this day I will not only see His face but here Him say well done thy good and faithful servant. I pray this for you all as well!
Now until this great day, I think it is our duty to remove the veil as much as we can and let God show Himself to others through us. The kind word you could speak to someone, the helping hand you could lend, even your testimony of how God brought you through could remove the veil a little bit more for someone, allowing them to see God more clearly and revealing His Glory all the more. This is a lot, I know…just THINK ABOUT IT!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.