July 9, 2017 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Psalm 97

2 Corinthians 3:6-9

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.7 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:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

 

Letter—written law. Spirit—law written in our hearts with indwelling Spirit. Glory was present on Mount Sinai, reflected in Moses for a time. We think OT manifestations are glory; in reality the ministry of the Spirit today is more glorious. 

2 Corinthians 3:10-15

For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 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.15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

 

In reality, there is no comparable glory. Sun outshines moon and stars. The Spirit allows us to behold the glory, no need of veils, no diminishing. The veil they have today is their own mind, their lack of Coming to Christ for His Spirit.

Romans 10:4—Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18

Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.18 But we all, with open [unveiled] 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.

 

If they turn to Christ, veil is removed. Glory to glory—one degree of glory to another. Moses covered the glory and it faded away. Our glory, conformity to Christ, increases and shines brighter. Glass—not seeing God in full, but God as reflected in Christ. Changed—metamorphood, transfigured.

 

2 Corinthians 4:1-2

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

 

Therefore—since we have the liberty-giving Spirit of the Lord, and with unveiled face behold His glory. Renounced—bed farewell to.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

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.

 

Christ is the manifestation of the glory of God. Not a veiled face either. Again, not God fully, but in Christ. We have a glorious message, why talk about ourselves?

2 Corinthians 4:7-11

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;10 Always bearing about in the body the dying [corpse] of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 

Earthen--weak, human vessels show forth power and glory of God. First words describe earthen vessels, second shows forth the glory and power of God. Our body is a corpse putting God’s resurrection power on display.

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