‘The secret of the saints’

Selwyn continues his discussion on adoration. He says: “Some believe that the holiness of life seen in the lives of the great saints of the past was a by-product of gazing on God in silent adoration.”

The best aspect, I think, is when Selwyn mentions the text selected for today’s reading and meditation (as follows).

2 Corinthians 3:7-18 (NIV, Paul writing to the Corinthian church): “Now if the ministry (the law of Moses, the covenant with Israel) that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate (reflect upon) the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

A number of points: first off, the covenant we have in Christ, is superior to the old covenant with Israel, brought to the people through Moses. There is no need for a follower of Jesus to follow the old laws covered in some 613 verses, as listed in the Old Testament – however, we must follow the laws engraved on our hearts by God’s Spirit. Sadly, this issue is often not well understood by many people who call themselves followers of Christ. Second point: since the ministry of Christ brings righteousness, which is the basis of the hope we have been given, by the Holy Spirit  – therefore, we can be very bold, a reflection of the trust we have in the words of Jesus. There is no sin of presumption – in the boldness which our faith and trust in Jesus, provides – as some groups have been known to state. A further facet of our hope, is that we are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory – how great is this transformation?

Lastly, another issue which does not get enough coverage (I think) within the Church – the Lord is the Spirit. There is no separation (regarding will, or purpose) of Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit – there is only, one true God.  There are some among us, who appear to teach a theology which leads to three Gods; the Trinity is a mystery – we can never even come close to explaining it – this side of the grave. Your view?