Concealed No More!
Have you ever felt the need to conceal something? Perhaps you were ashamed of something that you did. Maybe it was a good thing even, but you just did not want anyone to know. Like the fact that you love Barry Manilow, or maybe you were a huge fan of Hee Haw.
There is generally something in our lives that we hold very close to the vest and work diligently at not allowing anyone to see, or know.
The passage above was written by the apostle Paul to the church that met in Corinth. Corinth was a town that was renowned for its sinful behavior. Paul could very well have been writing about them in another letter when he said, “they invent ways of doing evil.” Corinth was a place well known for sexual perversion, idolatry, men and women selling themselves. Corinth was a place so well known for the diverse ways of sin, that a person would be called a Corinthian based on the amount and depth of sin in their lives.
It is in this type of city, that Paul was given a message from the Lord; “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." The text in Acts 18 goes on to say that Paul stayed for a year and a half. God said that in this city so famous for sin, so caught up in disgusting behavior, “…I have many people in this city.” WOW!
So now we go back and look at this second letter that Paul is writing to God’s people in this dangerous place. Paul is stating something about a reflection; not of the evil debauchery that is going on around them, but instead of Jesus Christ. Paul is comparing the Christians in Corinth to Moses as he came down from Mount Sinai, and other times from the tent of meeting, glowing from being in contact with God.
Paul is affirming to these people who are surrounded by a society seduced by Satan, and telling them that they are concealed no more; that there is this glorious radiance that is lighting up their faces and sending the darkness into hiding. Paul is encouraging these brave few to no longer veil the glory that is reflected in them, to pursue the transformation available to them in Christ.
I would like to challenge myself and you to be people like these noble Christians in Corinth; to be about the Word of God, to expose ourselves to the Spirit of God, and be transformed into people of Light. Join me as we remove our veils and choose to be concealed no more.