We have already seen Him “face to face”.

One of the most frustrating things that happens when you try to teach something is always having to deal what the other person has been taught. 
For example, we are often told we will see Jesus “face to face” when we go to heaven. 
Let’s do a study on this. 
Genesis 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
So you see the expression face to face here means an encounter with God. Jacob had expected to die. Instead Jacob had a new identity. 
Exodus 33:11
And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
Moses saw God “face to face”. Yet the Bible says he only saw his back. 
Also you note that Moses face shown in glory. It is important for us to note this passage and incident for further studies. This passage is crucial to our understanding of what it means to see God “face to face”. 
Ezekiel 20:35
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
Did God actually showed them his face here?
Now I want you to see how Paul uses this word. 
1 Corinthians 13:11-12
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
In this context he means we have “full revelation”. 
Remember the incident about how Moses saw God “face to face” and his face glowed?
I want to show you this. 
2 Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
See we with “open faces” beholding his glory as “in a glass”?
The word “glass” here is actually mirror. Note here Paul says you are already seeing him “face to face”. 
Now let’s look at the context of what Paul is saying. 
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
“But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?”
Do you see it Paul refers to the incident where Moses saw God “face to face” except the glory of that “face to face” incident is fading away. 
Let’s read on….
“For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.”
Notice the passage is talking about the old covenant? 
“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.”
Let me share these words in the NIV. 
2 Corinthians 3:13-15
“We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.”
“Even today when Moses is read a veil covers their hearts.” Moses here is referring to the ministry of the Old Covenant. The Law. 
This is the reason why their faces and their hearts are still covered. 
See what Paul says after this. 
“Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Can you see how you finally get to see him “face to face”? 
When the veil is removed. It is the removal of the Old Covenant! 
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
The veil was removed in the temple when Jesus died on the cross. It is symbolic of the removal of Moses veil in the Old Covenant. This is because Jesus brought an end of the Old Covenant on the cross. 
It is there you beheld him without the veil and came to a full realization of who God is. 
The writer of Hebrew puts it this way. 
Hebrews 1:3
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being …
Now I want you to see what Paul says in the Message about the passage we just read. 
16-18 Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! 

They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. 

We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. 

And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

May you be blessed. 

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