(This study was based largely on a tape by Dudley Hall)


God speaks and He says that He will build His Church. This takes the pressure off of many pastors who think that they have to work to build God's Church. It is not our church, it is God's Church. There is one mediator between God and man and it is not you or a priest or a pastor, but Jesus. That is good news. Our religious system has lead us to believe the Pastor is to tell us what God says.

If Jesus is really the head of the Church, He will tell you what to do. People are always asking the Pastor or other religious leader what to do in certain situations and the problem is that most of the time they get an answer. The only thing you can do is to ask Jesus. It sounds clichish but, He will answer.

When Jesus began His ministry, He went to Nazareth, as was His custom and read from the scroll.

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16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.

17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,

21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Wouldn't you like to have been there. The Living Word reading and interpreting the Written Word. Do you know that this is what is supposed to happen today? When the Living Word opens the Written Word to you, Life happens. It is not dogma, not doctrine, it is Life.

John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Jesus said, "I came to give sight to the blind". The scriptures have several accounts of Jesus healing the blind. This is not the only meaning of giving sight to the blind. His ministry of giving sight to the blind is much bigger than that.

Jesus came to a people that were very knowledgeable about good and evil. They thought that this was life and when Jesus tried to give them true life, they didn't recognize it. He is the Living Word walking among people who knew the written Word and they don't recognize Him.

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1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.

3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our

ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.

5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-- not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was,

8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the

surpassing glory.

11 And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.

14 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.

15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.










---------------------Glory------ Strong's No. 1391 -----------------------------

1391 doxa {dox'-ah}

from the base of 1380; TDNT - 2:232,178; n f

AV - glory (145)

- glorious (10)

- honour (6)

- praise (4)

- dignity (2)

- worship (1) [168]

1) opinion, judgement, view

2) opinion, estimate, whether good or bad concerning someone; in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory

3) splendour, brightness

3a) of the moon, sun, stars

3b) magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace

3c) majesty; a thing belonging to God: the kingly majesty which belongs to Him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity; a thing belonging to Christ: the kingly majesty of the Messiah, the absolutely perfect inward or personal excellency of Christ; the majesty of the angels: as apparent in their exterior brightness

4) a most glorious condition, most exalted state 4a) of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after He had achieved his work on earth

4b) the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour's return from heaven.

Glory is the expression of the character of God.


We are not like Moses. For one thing, we are not operating in the same covenant as Moses. Moses is operating in the old covenant and the old covenant is an outside covenant. The law was written on stone, outside of man. Moses lost heart. Paul says we don't lose heart because we operate in the new covenant, because the law is on the inside of man. There is no need for coercion or manipulation. We just fan the flames. I don't have to convince you to do the will of God if you are born-again. The problem is that we have some problems with our thinking that don't allow us to do what we really want to do.

Let's look at one of the requirements of the old covenant.

Exodus 26:31 And thou shalt make a vail [of] blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:

32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim [wood] overlaid with gold: their hooks [shall be of] gold, upon the four sockets of silver.

33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy [place] and the most holy.

Lets look this veil for one minute.

2571 kaluma {kal'-oo-mah}

from 2572; TDNT - 3:536,405; n n

AV - vail (4)

1) a veil, covering

0343 anakalupto {an-ak-al-oop'-to}

from 303 (in the sense of reversal) and 2572; TDNT - 3:556,405; vb

AV - untaken away + 3361 (1)

- open (1) [2]

1) to unveil or uncover (by drawing back a veil)

Isaiah prophesied about the removal of the veil.

Isaiah 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over

all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

John saw it in Revelations.

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

2 Corinthians speaks of the god of this world blinding people who are lost so that they cannot see the glory of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews speaks of the reality of which the veil was only a shadow.

Hebrew 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

The veil was a shadow of the body of Christ.

Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

People have a veil on their hearts. With the veil, the word is dry and the holy spirit does not quicken (make alive) it to your heart. All you see is the man and the man's interpretation. In the counterfeit church, we see people with their focus on men and men's interpretation of the word.

You get a veil anytime you accept a system of interpretation or system of living other than relationship with God. You must have absolute dependence on Jesus. The problem starts when we start filling in the blanks when we don't hear God. Logic does not work.

Mark 4:11 He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you.

But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

12 so that, "'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'

In Jesus's day, there was no welfare so the blind and crippled had to beg for a living. Sometimes one person who was not totally blind, but almost blind would lead the totally blind to the gates where they begged. Each one would put a hand on the others shoulders and follow the leader. This is were the expression - the blind leading the blind came from. In many churches, it is the same way. People who have never seen the glory of God are leading others and telling them what it is like. It is like a blind person giving you the last word of the beauty of the sunset. They read a Braille book about it.

John 9:1 could be used to describe what happens when a person is saved. Blind people cannot see and do not understand. In this case, I believe that the man was born without eyes. Since man is made from the dust of the earth, Jesus combined the life from His saliva and the dust of the earth to make his eyes. This may also account for people not recognizing him and why it was such a miracle for someone born blind to see.

For us to see, we must be given new eyes.

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1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.

2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,

that he was born blind?"

3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this

happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.

7 "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?"

9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, "I am the man."

10 "How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.

11 He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my

eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see."

12 "Where is this man?" they asked him. "I don't know," he said.

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.

14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.

15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."

16 Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided.

17 Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened." The man replied, "He is a prophet."

18 The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents.

19 "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"

20 "We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind.

21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself."

22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.

23 That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God, "they said. "We know this man is a sinner."

25 He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"

26 Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

27 He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses!

29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."

30 The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly

man who does his will.

32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.

33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

34 To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.

You might get thrown out of your church if you follow the Lord instead of the doctrine of that church. It happened to me. If God does not listen to sinners, how can anyone be saved since we are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory of God. There is a blindness that comes from fear. Fear of not being accepted by family, friends, or church.

We live in a day that is better than the day of the reformation. A day when people are turning back to true worship. Not back to the old time religion, or the church of our parents, but back to a day of relationship. A day when you get your orders straight from God. Jesus heard the voice of his father and obeyed. We listen to men, not to God. The world shouts to us so loudly that we have trouble hearing or recognizing God.

Look at Jesus, when He heard about Lazarus being sick. His Father said to wait a few days. To the natural mind, this is wrong, because Jesus could heal him. After Lazarus died and was buried, Jesus went. Martha and Mary said - where were You. If You had been here, you could have healed him. Jesus was right on time to accomplish the will of the father. He wanted Lazarus raised, not healed. We need to hear from God. Father, where do you want me, what do you want me to do. Live by life, not by doctrine. You may be called strange.

Just admit your inadequacy and ask Jesus to lead you and guide you. You must live by faith. But just what is faith?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

How do we get faith?

Romans 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Can I suggest that this does not mean hearing only with your physical ears, but mainly hearing with your spirit. Jesus received His instructions from the spirit realm. The bible tells to live by the Spirit.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

How important is it to hear the voice of God?

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Galations 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God and that which is not of faith is sin. When we act on our own, it is sin. This makes it imperative that we hear God.

John 9: 37 Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking

with you."

38 Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshipped him.

39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"

41 Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

Those who believe will see and those who think they see will become blind. Some people read the Bible with denominational blinders on. These people have a veil over their eyes. If you really love your church and want it to grow, you will want it the hear the voice of God. Lift up Jesus and He will draw people to Himself. It is OK to stay at your church, just don't let it blind you to some of the word.

All of us still have a veil to some extent.

Look at the apostles walking down the Emmaus road. They were depressed that Jesus, who they thought was the Christ had been killed. Along comes Jesus who starts explaining the scriptures to them and they get all excited. The Living Word explaining the Written Word. This is what must happen to us.

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13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus,

about seven miles from Jerusalem.

14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.

15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;

16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast.

18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"

19 "What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.

20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;

21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 23 but didn't find his body. They

came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning

23 but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.

24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.

29 But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.

32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Does your heart burn when you read the Word? When God opens His word to you, your heart will go --- OH! When someone asks what you got out of your Bible study, you say --OH! I saw the Lamb, I saw Him on every page. This is true worship. When you see God, you can't help but worship.

It must be revealed by God. Man can tell you about it, but he cannot make you see. Once God reveals it to you, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it.

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

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5 In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

6 He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

7 And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.

8 All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth.

9 "Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?

10 For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there."

11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,

12 to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose"-- but they would not listen.

13 So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.

If you read the Word of God with a veil, it becomes do and do, rule on rule. There is no rest, but work and uncertainty.

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3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

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26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will

recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

You want to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. The Word tells us how.

2Co 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We are changed from one degree of glory to another by the Spirit of God. Not by do, do, rule on rule, but by beholding the Lamb. Behold His glory and you are changed. To put it in secular terms - what you see is what you get.


Reference: The unveiled Word by Dudley Hall