2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with a face having been unveiled and beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
I would have run from him. Can you imagine a grown man’s face shining so brightly that he must wear a veil over it? Exodus 34 tells us of Moses’ forty day conversation with the Lord. It took place on top of a mountain. When Moses came down, the Bible tells us that his face shined like the sun. He had to wear a veil, revealing his face to the Israelites only when he spoke to them on behalf of the Lord.
Knowing this story helps us to interpret Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. In the Old Testament, God only spoke directly to a handful of leaders, priests and prophets. The Israelites were not allowed to behold the full glory of the Lord. This is why Moses wore the veil over his face. It represented a division between man and God. When Christ died on the cross for our sin, the Bible says that another veil (again representing a separation between God and man) was ripped in two from the top to the bottom. Jesus’ death on the cross bridged the gap that was causing all of mankind to “fall short of the glory of God.”
As a believer, Christ’s death has given you full access to the Glory of God! You can now approach His throne boldly, communicating with Him directly just as Moses, the priests, and the prophets once did. This is great news.! This is why Paul writes, “you are being transformed into the same image [the image of God] from glory to glory.” Are you?