The Transfiguration of Our Lord

 Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

 Other Readings: Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-36


  1. Moses wore a physical veil over his face (Exodus 34:33-35). In 2 Corinthians 3:14-16, Paul also talks about a metaphorical veil. What is this metaphorical veil which Paul talks about?
  2. In this section, Paul is making a clear distinction between the Bible’s two main teachings. What do we call those two main teachings?
  3. If someone tries to base their standing with God on how well they keep the Ten Commandments, what is the ultimate result (verses 7 and 9)? What is the result for all those who rely on Christ as their Savior (v. 9)?
  4. Paul assures us that those who trust in God’s forgiveness are “being transformed … with ever-increasing glory” (v. 18). Where do we see proof of that in our Gospel reading (Luke 9:28-36)?
  5. How can these verses comfort you when life seems like a drag or when you experience suffering in your life?

  1. Our Lutheran forefathers put it this way, “Paul understands the veil to be human opinion about the entire law (the Ten Commandments), as when hypocrites suppose that external and civil works satisfy the law of God … But this “veil” is removed from us (that is, this error is taken away) when God shows our hearts our impurity and the magnitude of our sin. Then we see for the first time that we are far from fulfilling the law.” (Formula of Concord)
  2. These two teachings are called “law” (what God demands we should do and not do) and “gospel” (the good news about what God has done for us).
  3. The result for that person is spiritual death (v. 7) and eternal condemnation (v. 9) in hell. The result for those who trust in Christ is “righteousness” (v. 9). That is, they are credited with Christ’s perfection and declared “not guilty” before God.
  4. Luke tells us that Moses and Elijah “appeared in glorious splendor” (v. 30). God had given them the eternal glory he promised through the Messiah (Christ). This is the same faith we have.
  5. Answers can vary based on personal experience, but in general, these verses assure us that even if we can’t perceive it, God is working on us and our greatest glory is still to come.