When a bride meets her bridegroom on their wedding day she usually wears a
veil, and at the wedding ceremony the veil is removed.
This means that:
· She is prepared and ready to meet the groom
· The time has finally come for her to spend the rest of her life with
· She gives herself to him
· She places her trust in her bridegroom to care and provide for her
Has your veil been removed to meet
your bridegroom, Jesus Christ?
A VEIL IS
.. something that is suspended in front of something else to wholly or
partially block the view
It covers and hides something.
We are not like Moses. He kept covering his face with a veil. He didn't
want the people of Israel to see the glory fading away.
However, their minds became closed. In fact, to this day the same veil is
still there when they read the Old Testament. It isn't removed, because
only Christ can remove it. Yet, even today,
when they read the books of Moses, a veil covers their minds. But whenever
a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. This Lord is the
Spirit. Wherever the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom. As all of us
reflect the Lord's glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we
are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes
from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Let's ask ourselves this question: Is there a veil over my heart or over
my face (my spiritual eyes) or over my mind today?
1. If you reject Jesus Christ, and
the message of the Bible that He is the Saviour, the way, the truth and
the life, or you have never accepted Him as your Lord into your life,
there is a veil that is covering your heart.
2. There can also be a veil blinding the eyes of many believers. They read
God's clear directions in Scripture, they hear them preached in church ,
yet they are not affected or changed by them. In fact, they continue doing
the very things they know that is against God's Word.
BEHIND A VEIL THERE CAN BE:
WHAT CAN DRAW A VEIL OVER OUR
Let's look at a few things that can blind us, that can draw a veil like a
curtain over our hearts and eyes:
If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in
heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your
Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done. (Mat 6:14-15)
We are usually unwilling or slow to
forgive people who offended or hurt us, who said bad things about us, who
used or abused us, who stole our belongings or our ideas, who didn't pay
us for our services. We like to keep a list of others' wrongs, we keep
grudges; maybe we will forgive, but we say that we will never forget!
Jesus says in Luke 6:37: do not
do not condemn
forgive others - even seventy times seven!
If you keep a grudge, or are
unwilling to forgive, it can pull a veil over your heart and blind your
eyes to God's forgiveness.
When we do not love the people around us as the Bible tells us to do, it
is as if you are walking around with a blind fold over your eyes. You will
loose perspective, you will miss your purpose in life.
Dear friends, let us love one
another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and
knows God. (1John 4:7)
· Pride &
Pride can blind us to God's love and mercy. Pride turns our focus towards
ourselves and not towards Jesus and the people around us.
And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another;
for the scripture says, "God resists the proud, but shows favour to
the humble." (1Pet 5:5)
· Worries and troubles
Worries can burden and bind you, so that you do not see that God is in
control and that He knows all your needs and He cares for you.
So do not start worrying: 'Where
will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?' (These are the things
the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that
you need all these things. (Mat 6:31-32)
Honesty can keep you safe, but if you can't be trusted, you trap
yourself. (Prov 11:6)
Dishonesty does you no good, and telling lies will get you in trouble. (Prov
Lies can be the veil that can put you into darkness, but the Bible says in
John 8:32 that the truth will set you free.
IF THERE IS A VEIL
· it binds you and hardens your heart
· it must be removed
· only Christ can remove it (Only Christ can take away the covering that
keeps them from seeing - see 2 Cor 3:14)
WHENEVER A PERSON TURNS TO THE
LORD, THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY
To turn to the Lord, means that you must "reverse course" -
there must be a complete change in direction. There is always an open and
serious invitation from God to turn to Him:
Turn to the LORD! He can still
be found. Call out to God! He is near. (Isa 55:6)
When someone falls down, doesn't he get back up? If someone misses the
he turn back? (Jer 8:4-5)
Come near to God, and He will come near to you. (James 4:8)
· Only through the Holy Spirit
It is through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that the veil is
removed. Let us make this our prayer: "God, I do such dumb things. I
make such awful mistakes, get myself into terrible messes. Please, Lord --
clear them all up for me. I can't do it. Only you can."
Only the Holy Spirit can break down
our lifelong way of seeing things through a veil. Only the Holy Spirit can
turn us around and set us on God's course. We must also turn away from our
own ideas and plans, and call on the Holy Spirit alone to lead and guide
· Be changed into His image
When the veil is taken away we will start to reflect the glory of God, we
will be changed to be like Jesus. As a mirror, our faces will reflect a
picture of Jesus .
But we all, with unveiled face giving back as in a glass the glory of
the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.. (2Cor
· Little by little
This change into Christ-likeness will be little by little. This process
doesn't simply happen overnight. It takes place slowly... step by step...
as we seek him and obey his Word, and as we constantly cry out to Him:
"Change my heart, O God
may I be like You"
And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we
are changed into his glorious image. (2 Cor 3:18)
WHEN THE VEIL HAS BEEN REMOVED
· There is freedom
Now we can come freely into the presence of God, the Almighty, we can face
Him in prayer.
We have, then, my friends, complete freedom to go into the Most Holy
Place by means of the death of Jesus. He opened for us a new way, a living
way, through the curtain---that is, through his own body. (Heb
· There is light
We can now see God clearly, face to face. We have light and sight to move
· We are transformed
The freedom and light that we receive when the veil is taken away,
transform us into the image of Christ. Our face will shine with God's
I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will
know what is the hope to which He has called you, how rich are the
wonderful blessings He promises his people, and how very great is his
power at work in us who believe. (Eph 1:18-19)