Phaneroo 95 Sermon
2 Corinthians 3:18; But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
When the Bible says we all with open face, it is all who believe. An unveiled face is one that is opened from the law. The Bible also says that up to this day, when Moses is read, their faces are veiled. However, when you get in Jesus Christ, there are no veils. The legal mind has veils but those veils are done away with in Christ. These veils are not simply the reading of the Old Testament. The Old Testament has Christ therein. The Bible says in Luke 24:27; And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
If Jesus is revealed from Moses’ time and the Bible says that every time Moses is read, the veil covers some people’s eyes, yet the Bible also says that from Moses, he was expounding about himself, it means that Jesus is very present in the Old Testament dispensation. That means that the problem is not reading from the Old Testament per se but the problem is not beholding Christ in the Old Testament. There are many people who read the Old Testament but they do not see Christ there or they do not see the finished work of Christ from its beginning till its finish according to the revelation of the Old Testament dispensation.
Once these veils come in, we start to have certain forms by the way we interpret God. For example worshippers. One day I was listening to someone teach about worship and he said, ‘when you are worshipping, you are first in the outer court, then you move to the inner court before you get into the holy of holies’.
Now, between the outer court and the holy of holies, there was a veil. I have heard ministers telling people to go with them behind the veil. It means that they are also not inside. We sing songs like ‘as I come into your presence, past the gates of praise, into your sanctuary…’ But if indeed you are coming into his presence, then you were not in his presence before. To get past the gates of praise into his sanctuary, you had to get past a veil. Do you see that the worshipper put a veil, yet the bible says in Christ there is no veil because in Christ the veil is done away with? I have heard programmers who would say after worship, ‘welcome back from the presence’. The ultimate question is if you were welcomed back from there, where were you before you went in and when you begin service, where are you? It means you are out of the presence of God, that you listen to the word out of the presence of God until they sing another song to throw you up there. But no, the word is from above. Therefore we must understand that God has not created the new creature to be out of the presence. In him we live, in him we move, in him we have our own being. You don’t need to feel the presence of God to know that he is in a place. Even if you don’t feel it, just know that you have him. You don’t need to feel Jesus to know that he is around. The Bible says, ‘that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.’[Ephesians 3:17].
Of the Love of God
Jude 20-21; But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Some people pray in the Holy Ghost but they do not keep themselves in the love of God. It does not matter how many tongues you speak, keep yourself in the love of God. You might make an error in this life and then feel bad and judge yourself but when you get into the presence of God, do not go with that judgmental attitude. Even if you are the worst kind of person, come into the presence with boldness. Some people think that by crying to God, they will earn his attention, no. God is not moved by tears. He is moved by revelation. It does not matter how many tears you cry. If they are not in revelation, you are wasting your time.
Regardless of what you have done, God still loves you. Begin the relationship that way. You must always expect that there is mercy coming to you from God.
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Glory to Jesus. in Him I live, move and have my being.