Seeing God

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Daily Reformation, Exodus 34:29-35

From the Reformer

This veil, he adds, is not taken away, except by Christ. From this he concludes, that none are susceptible of a right apprehension, but those who direct their minds to Christ. In the first place, he draws this distinction between the law and the Gospel—that the brightness of the former rather dazzled men’s eyes, than enlightened them, while in the latter, Christ’s glorious face is clearly beheld. He now triumphantly exults, on the ground that the majesty of the Gospel is not terrific, but amiable—is not hid, but is manifested familiarly to all.

—John Calvin, Commentary on Corinthians

Pulling It Together

“To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” (Isa 53:1). His power and his glory are shown to those to whom he lifts the veil. Yet if they stay behind the flaps of their own tents, a veil remains in place. Further, if their eyes remain closed, as the eyes of grumblers in ancient Hebrew camps and in church pews throughout the ages were—and are—a self-imposed veil lingers. The Psalmist sings, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psa 119:18). What more wondrous thing may be seen in the Law than God himself? Who do you see? Has the veil been lifted?

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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