19th November 2012

In The Light Of The Risen Son

“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…But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
2 Corinthians 3:14,16 (NIV)

Switzerland is a beautiful country with its lakes, mountains and valleys. But on some days the mountains are obscured by a veil of mist which penetrates deep down into the valleys. On such days, the countryside has a certain beauty, but its full scope cannot be appreciated. On other days, when the power of the risen sun has lifted the misty veil, the whole landscape can be viewed in a new light and from a different perspective:  Now the snow clad mountains, green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and glacial blue lakes can be seen in all their full splendour.

Paul had been thoroughly schooled in the law. As he explains, “Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers” (Acts 22:3). Elsewhere he states that he was, “In regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church, as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.” (Philippians 3:5-6). 

After his conversion Paul received the gospel from Christ.  He wrote in Galatians 1:12, “I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” Now, enlightened by the risen Son, who had lifted the veil from Paul, he saw the law and the whole scriptural landscape in a new light and from a different perspective.  Now he saw that the narrative of Abraham’s two wives, Hagar and Sarah, written in Genesis, the first book of the law, could be used as an allegory to show the old Covenant had ended and the new Covenant was in force. (Galatians 4:21-31). He now saw that the promises given to Abraham are inherited through faith in Christ. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Despite his previous beliefs about the law, he now saw that the scriptures (the Law and Prophets) revealed a righteousness from God apart from law, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and Prophets testify.” (Romans 3:21)  Now he understood that the gospel was the good news of God’s grace.

The Old Testament is by no means obsolete but, like Paul, Christians need to understand and interpret it in the light of the risen Son. As Paul wrote, “When all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed” (Ephesians 5:13 GNB)

Heavenly Father, we thank you that Jesus has done all that is required for our salvation.  Help us to walk in the light and understand more clearly the scriptures and the gospel of grace.

Study by Eddie Marsh 

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One Response to “19th November 2012”

  1. John Magowan on November 19th, 2012 10:53 am

    I read and reread your study with interest this morning, Eddie, on the Light of the Risen Son. It was a well composed article. How profound the New Covenant is in the light of Jesus! He imputes His righteousness to us when we put our trust in Him, and relieves us from the worry of trying to ‘make it on our own strength.’ All praise be to the Risen Son!

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