Summary: To establish that the vail which once covered Moses face; now covers the face of many believers, and can only be removed after they understand and accept the teachings of Jesus Christ. This lesson deals with spiritual blindness to the truth.
1. Regarding the Statutes of Christ
2. Regarding the Sonship of Christ
3. Regarding the Spirit of Christ
1. In our lesson tonight we are going to be discussing: "Taking Away the Vail." It is abundantly clear in our text that there "still remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which vail is done away in Christ."
2. First, one of the vails which must be taken away is that of the Law of Moses, which many feel today they must keep in order to obtain righteous in the sight of God. But Paul argues: "Which vail is done away in Christ. Nevertheless when it (the people of Israel) shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away." As Christians, we are not under the old law; but the new law, the statutes of Christ. The covenant of Christ; is also the New Testament. Notice: "But now hath he (Christ) obtained a more excellent ministry; by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises," Hebrews 8:6. The Law of Moses was the law of bondage; the law of Christ is the law of liberty. So believers, "Stand fast therefore in the (law of) liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not again entangled again with the yoke (law) of bondage," Galatians 5:1.
3. Secondly, we must address another vail which covers the eyes of many; that is the Sonship of Christ. Jesus: "is the Christ the Son of the Living God." Not a son, but the Son of God. And as such, he share equally the divinity of the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is not the Father; but the Son. He is not the Spirit; but the Son; the sender of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says: "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father; even the Spirit of truth, he shall testify of me; and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning," John 15:26-27.
4. Finally, we must remove that vail that surrounds the Spirit of Christ. Paul admonishes us: "Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ; he is none of his," Romans 8:9. The vail concerning the Spirit which must be removed is that one can have the Holy Spirit and not have power from the Spirit to perform miracles, signs and wonders; or to speak in an unlearned tongue or prophesy regarding the will of God. And finally, the vail of much contention is that of the Holy Spirit baptism. If the Spirit is of Christ; then we must look to Christ for his explanation of the Holy Spirit Baptism, which he promised to his apostles.
BODY OF LESSON
I REGARDING THE STATUTES OF CHRIST
A. Paul’s makes contrast of two laws. He compares the Old Testament Law of Moses; with the New Testament Law of Christ. In our lesson text, Paul unfolds the differences between these two laws for our consideration. Notice:
1. The law of the letter (Moses) and spirit (Christ); where the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2. The ministration of the Old Testament and the New Testament. One is described as the Law of Moses; the other as the law of Christ.