We discovered last time that there is a veil of dullness over the minds of people who don’t know God and the only way it can be removed is in Christ.
Verse 16 gives us an important and all-inclusive statement. It says this: But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Let’s start with that word: anyone. Now, anyone really does mean anyone. This is not just for some people, some really spiritual, special people. This is for anyone. That means every single person on the planet can have this access to the revelation of the Gospel, to the glory of God; no one is excepted. However, that ‘anyone’ has to make this movement – turn to Christ. There has to be in inner turning towards Christ, a repenting of sin, a turning away from sin and turning to the Lord Jesus Christ.
And then there’s that word ‘whenever’. So long as we are still on this earth the opportunity is there. But since we don’t know how long we may be here, then a turning to Christ right now is necessary. We can be sure that when we turn to the Lord he is always ready and eager to receive us. He extends a warm welcome to those coming for the first time, to those re-turning who have drifted away, and to those of us who are foot-sore and needing the refreshing of his presence. Whenever anyone turns to the Lord the veil is taken away and we see him afresh in all his glory. Indeed, if we are feeling ‘dull’, it’s most likely because we have been focussing on the things of this world, allowing the pull of earthly things to drag us down; letting the trivial become major in our thinking. But whenever we turn to the Lord we can experience the Holy Spirit. And verse 17 says: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Turning to the Lord then sets us free from the weight of sin and brings us new life.