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Rejoicing in lasting Glory!

Scripture reading for November 28th:  1st Corinthians 16, 2nd Corinthians 1-4

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 3:7-11  “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, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?  If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!  For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.  And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!”  

Paul sited the Old Testament account of the giving of the Law.  This old Covenant came with thunder and lightning and Moses’ face shining from being in God’s presence on the mountain as he received the tablets of stone.  This covenant could only reveal sin and the consequences of death but it came with a degree of fading glory.  In contrast, the New Covenant through the blood of Jesus brings the Holy Spirit to indwell each believer.  This comes with ever increasing and lasting glory!  Hallelujah!  What joy dwelling in His glory!

Rejoicing in glory:  “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, His face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.”  (Exodus 34:29-30)

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Ever-increasing glory!

Scripture reading for July 31st:  2nd Corinthians 3

Paul was a Pharisee and student of the Jewish Scriptures–our Old Testament.  He understood the law and the glory that Moses experienced as he received the Law in the holy Presence of God on the mountain.  “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, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?  If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness?  For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.  And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts.”  (2nd Corinthians 3:7-11)

Jesus brought a ‘New Covenant’ that was of greater glory than the Old Covenant!  The Law could only show men their sin and provide temporary relief through animal sacrifice. The New Covenant brought forgiveness through Christ’s perfect sacrifice!  The Law brought condemnation and death, the Spirit brings justification and life eternal!  The Old Covenant was temporary, the New Covenant in Christ is eternal.  The Old Covenant required Moses wear a veil to cover the fading glory, the New Covenant removes the veil from all believers in Christ!

“Now where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.  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.”  (2nd Corinthians 3:17-18) The glory of Christ in each believer transforms them into His likeness!  The glory that they reflect is “ever-increasing!”  Believers are growing in glory!

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Ever-increasing Glory!

Scripture reading for August 29th: 2nd Corinthians 3:1-18

The Jews lived under the old covenant of Moses and the Law.  This old covenant brought a veil over their hearts and brought them death.  (2nd Corinthians 3:6-7)  The Law of God demanded perfect obedience but man was prone to rebellion and continually broke the law.  This law came with glory to Moses.  Moses’ face shone after being in God’s presence on the mountain for the second forty day period.  He had to put a veil over his face to shield the Israelites from viewing the glory as it faded away. (2nd Corinthians 3:13)

Today Paul might compare the glory of the old covenant to a candle that brought light to darkness.  But Christ came bringing the brightness of the sun (Son) to illuminate the darkness of our souls.  (2nd Corinthians 3:9-11)  The old glory was a fading glory, but Christ’s glory is permanent and ever-increasing to those who believe!  His glory is revealed in the Holy Spirit living in believers and revealing this glory.

The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!  (Romans 14:17)  (2nd Corinthians 3:9)  The Spirit has been poured out on believers bringing them into God’s kingdom.  The veil over the Jews is removed when they turn to Christ.  Now the surpassing glory of Christ is revealed to them by the Spirit.  They are being transformed in ever-increasing glory by the Lord Jesus through the Spirit.

These verses open up to us a wonderful revelation of what we have now in our relationship with Jesus Christ!  We have been brought into wonderful freedom from the Law, which brought condemnation and death.  (Romans 3:20)  We have been given righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ.  We now have the person of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, transforming us from glory to glory.  Our faces are unveiled as priests of this new covenant.  We can behold our Lord Jesus Christ and allow His glory to be reflected through us to the church and world!

Are you walking by faith that this revelation of Christ’s glory is reflected through your face?  Remember this truth today and smile at others.  Allow them to see this ever-increasing glory and ask you what is the reason behind that.  You can share this glorious Gospel with those who are drawn!

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Ever increasing glory!

Scripture reading for August 29th: 2nd Corinthians 3:1-18

The Jews lived under the old covenant of Moses and the Law.  This old covenant brought a veil over their hearts and brought them death.  (2nd Corinthians 3:6-7)  The Law of God demanded perfect obedience but man was prone to rebellion and always broke the law.  This law came with glory to Moses.  Moses’ face shone after being in God’s presence on the mountain for the second forty day period.  He had to put a veil over his face to shield the Israelites from viewing the glory as it faded away. (2nd Corinthians 3:13)

Today Paul might compare the glory of the old covenant to a candle, bringing light to darkness.  But Christ came bringing the brightness of the sun (Son) to illuminate the darkness of our souls.  (2nd Corinthians 3:9-11)  The old glory was a fading glory, but Christ’s glory is permanent and ever-increasing to those who believe!  His glory is revealed in the new covenant of the Holy Spirit living in believers and revealing this glory.

The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!  (Romans 14:17)  (2nd Corinthians 3:9)  The Spirit has been poured out on believers bringing them into God’s kingdom.  The veil over the Jews is removed when they turn to Christ.  Now the surpassing glory of Christ is revealed to them by the Spirit.  They are being transformed in ever-increasing glory by the Lord Jesus through the Spirit.

These verses open up to us a wonderful revelation of what we have now in our relationship with Jesus Christ!  We have been brought into wonderful freedom from the Law, which brought condemnation and death.  (Romans 3:20)  We have been given righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ.  We now have the person of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, transforming us from glory to glory.  Our faces are unveiled as priests of this new covenant.  We can behold our Lord Jesus Christ and allow His glory to be reflected through us to the church and world!

Are you walking by faith that this revelation of Christ’s glory is reflected through your face?  Remember this truth today and smile at others.  Allow them to see this ever-increasing glory and ask you what is the reason behind that.  You can share this glorious Gospel with those who are drawn!

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