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 the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2nd Corinthians 3:17-18
In Exodus 39, when Moses was coming down from speaking with the Lord
and receiving the law on Mount Sinai, his face was radiant because he spoke with God. The Israelites were afraid to approach Moses because of the radiance of God on his face. So Moses wore a veil to ‘prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.’ (2 Cor 3:13). However, when we turn to the Lord through Jesus, the veil is taken away so that every person who turns to God has access to His radiant glory.
When Jesus ascended to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to us so we could live in the same freedom Jesus lived with on the earth. But how do we walk in the freedom of Christ?
As we see in the above scripture, we walk in freedom by contemplating (looking at, thinking about, beholding) the Lords glory. Notice that it doesn’t say that we get freedom by doing good things. It says that freedom comes from the Spirit who transforms us into His image as we contemplate His glory.
Freedom doesn’t happen by trying harder. Freedom of heart and mind happens when we focus our thoughts on God and His glory.
When we focus on His glory, the reality of His power becomes so clear to us that all of our worries and problems fade away in the light of His radiance.
This is the beginning of the Resurrected Life.