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The Gospel Veiled

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing” 1 Corinthians 4:3.

The Apostle Paul has just discussed the glory of the new covenant in contrast to the “ministry of death,” that is, the Old Covenant under Moses. Even those under that covenant had their minds veiled, and they could not see clearly the message from God back then.The Apostle Paul has just discussed the glory of the new covenant in contrast to the “ministry of death,” that is, the Old Covenant under Moses. Even those under that covenant had their minds veiled, and they could not see clearly the message from God back then.

Now that the Lord had come and had given mankind liberty in Christ, those under the Old Covenant should have been able to see the gospel message clearly. But many of them continued to allow their minds to be veiled—they would not remove the veil from their hearts so that they could see and understand the message of Christ. The gospel was hidden to them because they allowed it to be, and they were the perishing ones.

While Paul encourages the Corinthians to unveil their hearts and accept the message, he does so for all mankind after that time. When we do not open our hearts to understand the true gospel message, we automatically place ourselves in the category of those who will perish in eternity.

"Thought for the Week - 4/13/2014" by Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.