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New Glory in the New Covenant

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

These verses tell us that the New Covenant is lived out by the enablement of the Holy Spirit, and in the new covenant, we are free from the law.

Most of the chapter, though, points out that there is a greater glory in the new covenant than there was in the old covenant. The chief example Paul gives for this is that of the glory of God on the face of Moses.

Under the first covenant, when Moses would enter the presence of God with an uncovered face, the glory of God came upon his face. However, when he left the presence of God, he would cover his face. He did not want the people to see the glory fading away. The message is that there was a glory in the first covenant that would fade away because the first covenant would become obsolete (Hebrews 8:13).

In verse 18 of 2 Corinthians 3, Paul says that under the new covenant we will have an increasing glory to come upon us by looking into the face of Jesus. This must be a reference to believers’ gazing into Jesus’ face while experiencing their enthronement with him.

This also would imply that in the new covenant, we never have to leave our fellowship with Jesus, as Moses had to leave the presence of the Father.

We experience the blessings of the new covenant only as we live out our union with Christ.