The Veil Shall Be Taken Away

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When we begin to believe and comprehend the Word written to us in the New Testament Scriptures, God begins to reveal vast amounts of spiritual wisdom. Then, the eyes of our own understanding will begin to be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18), as we become spiritually lit up from the inside, out. One major reason that people say that they cannot understand the Epistles is simply because they approach the Word in the same way that they would perhaps study a history book or a good novel, totally missing out on the reality that it is God Who enlightens our lives with spiritual revelations of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Today we literally learn the spiritual truths within the Scriptures proportionally to our believing in God.  We cannot fool, or trick Him into giving us spiritual understanding without our hearts being genuinely drawn towards Him.

James 4:8a – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you . . .

In II Corinthians 3:14b we read that “. . . for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; . . .” The Old Testament was not written to the spiritual heart, but to the five senses mind. The Old Testament was written to give knowledge and direction mostly to the children of Israel, with commandments and laws. Oh yes, we can learn so very many things from the Old Testament Scriptures (Romans 15:4), but today the Church of God has been called into God’s grace and liberty instead of the Law and works that are described in detail throughout the Old Testament. When we try to get our daily guidance from the Old Testament there will remain a veil obstructing the spiritual view of freedom that comes with Christ in the New Testament “. . . which vail is done away in Christ . . .” (II Corinthians 3:14). Definitely the Old Testament contains hundreds and thousands of biblical principles from which we may learn, but our daily guidance comes from knowing the Epistles and the inspiration of (and from) the spirit within our hearts.

II Corinthians 3:15-16:
-15:  But even unto this day, when Moses is read {from the Old Testament Scriptures}, the vail is {still} upon their heart.
-16:  Nevertheless when it {the heart} shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

When the heart turns to the Lord the veil shall be taken away, and life with God begins to take on a much greater reality, enhancing our very lives with freedom that only God can provide. This certainly does not take anything away from the Old Testament but does put the Old Testament into the godly perspective, order, and design in which it was meant to be understood by the believers of today who are turning their hearts to the Lord God.

II Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

As we continue turning toward the Lord (in our words and deeds) we will discover His genuine deliverance in the Scriptures of the New Testament. Then, our hearts will continue to be blessed by Him Who created all things and Who opens our eyes that we may see – God bless you!

The Blessings of Liberty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This is the opening statement of the Constitution* (sometimes called the Preamble), and states the reason for the Constitution’s formation and writing.

I would like to highlight and discuss the phrase and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. There are people who are trying to separate God out from the Constitutional laws and Amendments of the United States, thinking that one does not fit with the other. But I ask you to logically consider the following concept with me. Who can really imagine that Blessings of Liberty could come from any other source than from God? Yes, basic liberties can be appreciated by having the assurance of Government and State protections; however, Blessings of Liberty do not come from man, or from the Devil, or from the framers of the Constitution, nor from the Government of today, nor do they appear out of thin air. Rather Blessings of Liberty can only come from our God, and there is no doubt that the framers of the Constitution earnestly pursued the securing of our Blessings of Liberty without governmental interference for generations to come.

“. . . I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . .” Spoken by Benjamin Franklin during the Constitutional convention of 1787, as recalled and written by Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the Constitution from New Jersey who was the youngest member participating at the convention, being 27 years young.

II Corinthians 3:17:
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all {ALL} spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Blessings of Liberty are spiritual; they are gifts from our loving God, and that is the plain and simple truth! The more we recognize from where our God-given Blessings of Liberty emanate, the greater our spiritual union with God grows. God’s spiritual endowments literally allow His blessings and love to extend out even to the non-Christian.

John 3:16, begins with these words, “For God so loved the world”; the verse does not say that God just loves the Christians, or the Jews, or any other specific group, but He loves the world. Jesus said in Luke 6:35 that God “is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil,” as God’s blessings, kindness, and love are extended to beyond what we so often imagine, just as the forefathers incorporated and preserved these same qualities in the Constitution for all of the citizens of America. For an example of God’s kindness and blessings, we read in the Book of Genesis at the time when Joseph was in Egypt that not only did the families of Israel prosper and flourish as they arrived in their new country, but all of the Egyptians did as well (who were considered unbelievers). In fact, because of the believers living in Egypt, Egypt became the most prosperous country in the world. This is not unlike America today because God lives within the hearts of believers, and the Father of Lights indeed blesses our country, and this is what our Constitution secures for us, for our children, and for future generations.

The Blessings of Liberty guaranteed and protected by the Constitution is so much more than a written blueprint for forming and maintaining a working government, it was formed in the spirit of liberty. The Constitution: “Renders therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s {the things in the political sphere that inspire and protect the Blessings of Liberty for we the people}; and unto God the things that are God’s {safeguarding the moral and spiritual rights of protection and the Blessings of Liberty for we the people}” (Matthew 22:21).

The Constitution was written to secure that we the people may enjoy our unalienable rights without oppression from the powers that be. The Constitution was formulated to guarantee our free rights to have God in every aspect of our lives and to walk boldly and openly without external pressures. As a result, an atheist can appreciate, or at least gaze upon, blessings of liberty that mysteriously sprout out of thin air or from the government, while a believer may experientially enjoy all the wonders of the Blessings of Liberty that are explicitly given from the loving hands of the blessed God and Creator of heaven and earth.

Psalms 33:12:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

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