The “veil” is our vain imaginations that keep us separated from God. It blinds us from seeing Him and seeing ourselves rightly in Him. It’s the religious construct we’ve invented that keeps us on its hamster wheel, trying to attain something we’ve already been freely given. It’s eating from the same Tree that Adam and Eve ate from. I talked about this veil last time. Today, I want to look at how we can begin the process of removing it. Again, here’s Paul’s encouragement to us in that regard:
18 We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor.3:18 TPT*)
The truth is, you and I are in heaven right now, seated with Christ (Eph.2:6). We live from heaven to earth, we have come to the City of God (Phil.3:20; Heb.12:22-24). But we don’t fully believe this, so we make up theology to dismiss it. We live behind the “veil” of our current experience: believing our circumstances, our culture, our natural senses, more than what God is plainly telling us.
We believe in Jesus, we just haven’t yet believed like Him.
We’ve identified with Jesus in Scripture, we just haven’t fully identified ourselves in Him in Scripture. Here’s one example of what I’m talking about:
9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. (Col.2:9-10 AMP*)
Another truth, we have the same relationship in the Godhead that Jesus has. But this sounds too good to be true, so we make stuff up. We trust more in earth-bound reasoning and education, so we create theology to explain away what’s been given to us freely because of the Cross. Our vision is blurred by our persistent unbelief.
This is the “veil” for many, if not most, in the twenty-first century church. But, no worries! God is not angry with us. He understands our frame and how we put boxes around ourselves and Him so it all fits in our tidy but powerless little world.
He has a solution for that. It’s one word—believe!
I say this at the risk of being misunderstood, but it’s true: It’s about believing, not behaving. In fact, our behaving may be the very thing that’s blinding us.
Believing is the only thing we can offer from our side of the relationship. Everything else must go, even what we think is good.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb.11:6 NKJV*)
Notice that sinless behavior, our accomplishments, our Bible knowledge…are nowhere to be found here. We must simply believe….
This means that you and I must surrender all our religious baggage, our sacrificial offerings—whatever we’re trying to do to appease Him—and just believe, because those things are what’s keeping us from seeing Him. We’re denying the very thing we say we believe—the finished work of the Cross.
This is what eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil looks like. It’s trying to attain something I ready have. It’s reaching up to heaven when I’m already in heaven. It’s praying prayers God already answered. It’s comparing myself to others and not to Christ.
Eating from the wrong tree is trying to change something about myself before I’ll feel worthy to be in intimate relationship with God. It’s the knowledge of the good things I do that fill me with pride, and my knowledge of the evil things that fill me with condemnation.
Beloved, your best day is no better than your worst day before the Lord. Whatever you received as a free gift will remain—the rest, no matter how good—will not. So stop insulting God’s grace…just receive all His promises as you participate in His divine nature with total confidence (2 Pet.1:4).
Anything else we do, good or bad, God calls disobedience.
What’s waiting for you and me is called the “rest of God” (see Heb.4:1-11). And it’s good news because God has already given us everything that pertains to godliness, so striving for it is just a foolish exercise in futility.
This veil can only be removed by simply embracing Christ like a child. A little child has no concept of good and evil. They can track mud on your carpet, finger-paint with poop on your freshly-painted walls, and expect a hug when they’re done! They live in total innocence. This is what eating from the Tree of Life looks like.
God made you totally innocent before Him. He’s not counting your sins (your poop) against you (2 Cor.5:19); He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (see Heb.10:16-18), there’s no knowledge of them in heaven.
You are perfect before Him because of what He’s done with you. You died with Christ and rose as Him (Gal.2:20; Col.3:1-3; 1 John 4:17). You’re the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor.5:21.), so stop adding disempowering religious nonsense and just accept the Good News that brings great joy!
Beloved, you and I must repent from our evil conscience and run into His arms expecting a hug! We can’t change us, that’s the Holy Spirit’s job. And He takes us “from one brighter level of glory to another”—from where we are in our experience, to who we are in reality—“because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
Please accept this invitation at face value because it’s true:
19 And now we are brothers and sisters in God’s family because of the blood of Jesus, and he welcomes us to come right into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm—boldly and with no hesitation. 20 For he has dedicated a new, life-giving way for us to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus’ body was torn open to give us free and fresh access to him!
21 And since we now have a magnificent King-Priest to welcome us into God’s house, 22 we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced by faith that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity and we have been freed from an accusing conscience and now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out! (Heb.10:19-22 TPT*)
Everything you’ve been searching for is only found in heaven, not on earth. The good news is, you’re already there!