In chapter 3 we have the unwritten grace of God (vv.1-6) and the unveiled glory of God (vv. 7-18).

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "In chapter 3 we have the unwritten grace of God (vv.1-6) and the unveiled glory of God (vv. 7-18)."

Transcription

1 Introduction In chapter 3 we have the unwritten grace of God (vv.1-6) and the unveiled glory of God (vv. 7-18). Paul will contrast and compare the law of Moses with the gospel of grace. Paul s intention is to prove the superiority of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant was accompanied with a fading glory (v.7; 10a); the new and unfading glory (v.10b). The old was temporary (v.11a); led to death (9a); functioned in part as a veil; concealing or hiding or restricting God s glory (vv.13-14a; 15). The old covenant had the net result of preventing Christlikeness in the lives of unsaved Jews and Gentiles (3:14b). But the New Covenant is eternal (v.3:11b); leads to life (v.8); functions as a mirror--reflecting God s glory (vv ) and produces Christlike character in the lives of saved Jews and Gentiles (v.9b); producing boldness (v.12). Paul speaks with boldness and confidence in both his apostolic calling and the ministry that has been entrusted to him by the Lord Jesus! How can he be so sure of himself? Paul says his confidence is rooted and grounded in the revelation of God; in the work and ability of Christ; and that he has no sufficiency in and of himself (vv.4-5). Why does Paul contrast and compare the Old Covenant with the New? Because Paul s critics are Judaizers. Judaizers were men who sought to mix the law with the Gospel of Grace. They were the original Jewish roots movement. Should we be familiar with the Old Testament? Of course. But the Judaizers were not simply teaching the Old Testament; they were teaching that Christians must teach and incorporate and obey certain portions of the Old Testament Law of Moses in order to be fully accepted by God. The Minister Serves A New Testament (v.6) 2 Corinthians 3:6 18 (NKJV) 6who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. The Old Covenant was the legal system delivered by God to Moses. Under the Old Covenant; blessing was conditioned upon obedience. A Covenant is a promise; an agreement. The Old Covenant--initiated by God--conditioned on obedience could not produce righteousness. The New Covenant is the Gospel; in it God covenants by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. In the New Covenant all things depend on the Lord; in this sense the New Covenant is able to accomplish what the Old Covenant could never do. The Old Was Written Law; The New Is The Spirit (v.6) 1

2 not of the letter but of the Spirit What is Paul saying? If you take the outward, straightforward reading of the Old Testament Law; and desire to be obedient to the letter of the law--without desiring to be obedient to the spirit of the passage; it harms you rather than helps you. Think for a moment; some religious leaders would tithe down to the leaves on a plant; or grain in a stalk; but did not show mercy or love to others. The religious leaders were willing to murder Jesus in order to protect their traditions surrounding the keeping of the Sabbath. But here Paul s point is very different. The letter refers to the Law of Moses. And the Spirit refers to the Gospel of the Grace of God. The Old Kills; The New Gives Life (v.6) When Paul says the letter kills; he is speaking of the ministry of the law. The law condemns all who fail to to keep its holy precepts. By the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20). Cursed is every one that continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them (Galatians 3:10). The Law could never be an instrument of life. The Law s design is to reveal sin, to bring the knowledge of sin, and the conviction of sin. But the Spirit gives life. Here the New Covenant is called spirit. In this sense it means the spiritual fulfillment of the types and shadows alluded to in the Old Testament and the Old Covenant. What the Law demanded but could never produce is now effected by the gospel. This ministry of the letter that killeth is illustration in the 3,000 killed at Sinai, at the inauguration of the Old Covenant; and the ministry of the Spirit, the life-giving ministry is illustrated by the 3000 saved on the day of Pentecost (J. M. Davies). The Old Was Glorious; The New More Glorious (vv.7-8) 7But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, Paul is making reference to the giving of the Ten Commandments. God threatened death to all who did not keep them (Exodus 19:13). And there was glory with the giving of the Law (God manifested His presence and power). 2

3 The power and presence of God caused the face of Moses to shine. which glory was to be done away or ASV which glory was passing away. The glowing face of Moses was temporary. Paul makes the point that the spiritual meaning of the Old Testament passage meant that its glory was also temporary. The law had a very definite function--to reveal sin. It also pointed to the holiness of God and the requirements of God for fellowship. The law was the shadow; Jesus is the substance. Paul now contrast the glory which attended the giving of the law with the glory of the Spirit. The words glory and glorious are found in chapters 3 and 4 seventeen times. Now Paul calls the Old Covenant the ministry of death (his words). 8how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? The Law was not without glory! Yet the ministry of the Spirit is even more glorious. Again is this the ministry of the Holy Spirit? In one sense yes--since the Gospel is in fact a ministry of the Holy Spirit! Paul is speaking of the Spirit of God working through the preaching of the Gospel. The Old Brought Condemnation; The New Brings Righteousness (vv.9-10) 9For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. Again Paul refers to the Law as the ministry of condemnation. In what sense? Condemnation is the judicial pronouncement of guilt. It is the guilty verdict. The Old Covenant in the end brought the pronouncement of guilt and with that guilt a guilty verdict. How is that glorious? Because justice is glorious. The Law pronounces guilt to all men; since no one keeps the Law perfectly. 10For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. How are we to understand this passage? I think Paul is saying that in some sense the Law did in fact have real glory attached or connected to it; yet when we compare it with the New Covenant is really doesn t seem to have any glory at all. 3

4 When we look in the heavens at all the stars we can calculate and measure their distance from the earth, their mass, their composition. Yet when our own sun comes up all the stars disappear. When the Sun shines in His strength, there is no other glory in the sky (Denny). When all is said and done; when we place the Old Covenant next to the New Covenant one outshines the other. The greater glory dims the less. In one point at least, the old seems to have no glory at all, because of the superabundant glory of the new covenant (A.T. Robertson). The Old Fades Away; The New Is Permanent (v.11) 11For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. ASV For if that which passeth away was with glory, much more that which remaineth is in glory. With and in Glory appeared in the giving of the Law; in other words glory attended or accompanied the Law; but in the New Covenant--the Gospel of God s grace is glorious in and of itself! Once again the temporal is contrasted with the eternal. What is it that is passing away? The Old Covenant; the Law of Moses; the Ten Commandments the ministration of death, written and engraved on stones (v.7); Some suggest that the Ceremonial Law was done away with; but the Ten Commandments remain. It is true that 9 of the Ten Commandments are repeated by the Lord Jesus--(the Sabbath being conspicuous by its absence). The Old Spoke With Veiled Meanings; The New Speaks With Plain Meaning (vv.12-16) 12Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech Indeed--Paul s statements are revolutionary. What hope is Paul making reference to? The glory of the Gospel will never fade or become dim! 4

5 Paul has nothing to hide! There is no need to couch his meaning in ambiguity! Paul can speak with great clarity! There is no reason to use a veil! People love secrets. They love secret religions. In some ancient religions they promised greater and greater insights into the secret teachings or secret rituals. Initiates were promised greater access if they gave time/money/devotion etc. The gospel is plain and straight forward. 13unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. Paul makes reference to Exodus 34: Moses had been in the presence of the Lord. Moses did not know at first that his face was glowing or shining. The people of Israel were afraid to come near Moses because of the glory on his face. But Moses invited them to come near. Exodus 34:33; And when (not till) Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face (RV). In the KJV it sounds as if Moses had the veil on his face until he finished speaking with them. But the RV correctly states that Moses put the veil on his face when he finished speaking to them. Here Paul gives the explanation of that verse; Moses did so that the children of Israel should not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. The glory on Moses face was a fading glory, a temporary glory; the law was temporary, fading, transient. Moses did not want them to see when the glory faded; it wasn t that Moses wanted to hide the glory for himself--but rather to conceal the passing of the glory. FW Grant: The glory of the face of Moses must give way to the glory in Another Face. That occurred at the coming of Jesus. The result is the minister of the New Covenant does not hide his face. The glory of the gospel will never grow dim or fade away! 14But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. Paul (a rabbi and a Jew) argues that the children of Israel missed the true meaning and significance of what God was doing through Moses. When Paul is writing these words some Jews were clinging to the idea that true salvation came in knowing, understanding, observing, the Law! Does the Law provide a means of salvation? No. The means of salvation is in Christ alone! 15But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 5

6 What veil is that? Moses (The Old Testament) is read; the religious leaders--the Judaizers did not realize that the glory of the law was passing away--a passing glory--and that the revelation of God given to Moses--the law and all its fulfillment was in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul--changes the image of the veil slightly--in the Old Testament the veil was over Moses face; but now there is another veil--on the hearts of the Jewish people! Forever religious--they were trying to obtain righteousness through the principle of observing the Law of Moses--neglecting or ignoring--the fact--that Jesus has done the WHOLE WORK on the cross of Calvary! They were seeking to gain salvation on their own merit; not realizing that the Law utterly condemns them and that they should run into the arms of God for mercy and grace in Jesus Christ alone! 16Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away....when one that is the Jew...When God s ancient people turn to the Lord and accept Jesus as Messiah--the veil is done away. We cannot see the types and the shadows and their fulfillment apart from Jesus the Messiah. I believe the New Testament teaches a future restoration of Israel. A remnant of the nation will turn to Messiah (see Romans 11:25-26; 32). The New Covenant Brings Liberty Through Jesus Christ (vv.17-18) 17Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Some have suggested that the Spirit of the Lord is present--when the people of the Lord meet; and there is liberty in the proclamation of the Gospel. I am going to suggest to you that the Spirit is used in two ways in this verse; it is used as in verse 6 to describe the New Covenant; or the Gospel; in the second part of the verse the Spirit of the Lord--is a reference to the Holy Spirit. How are we to think about the verse? The Lord is the Spirit--that is the Lord is the embodiment of the New Testament; all the types and the shadows of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ--Christianity is Christ! Whenever the Holy Spirit is present--revealing Jesus Christ in this manner--there is liberty--the freedom to gaze upon the face of Jesus Christ. There was not this liberty in the case of Moses. 18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 6

7 In the Old Testament Moses was not allowed to see the glory of the Lord. In the New Covenant we can look full in His wonderful face! We keep our faces unveiled when we confess and forsake sin. The mirror is of course the Word of God. We look in the Bible and see Jesus revealed in His splendor. We do not see Him face to face--but again--we see His reflection as it is mirrored in the Word of God. We glimpse Jesus. Conclusion Paul reminds the Corinthians it is the glory of the Lord we behold. Not simply the moral beauty; but His present glory as Jesus is seated on the right hand of the Father. Paul wants the Corinthians to understand that at this present moment Jesus shares His Father s throne; Jesus is the Head of the Church; Jesus possesses and bestows all the fulness of divine grace; He is the coming Judge of the World; Jesus is the conqueror of every hostile power, Jesus is the intercessor for the Saints (not Mary not other Saints); Jesus is the bearer of all majesty. When we are preoccupied with the glory of the risen Savior, the ascended Savior, the exalted Savior, we are changed into His image. This is in effect the secret of Christian holiness--occupation with Christ. Not occupation with the self--that only brings defeat. Not with occupying ourselves with others, that only brings disappointment; but by occupation with the glory of the Lord; as we become more and more like Him. JN Darby used the beautiful illustration of Stephen; We see it in Stephen when he is stoned, and he looks up and sees the glory of God and Jesus. Christ had said, Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they do ; and the view of Jesus in the glory of God draws from Stephen the prayer, Lord lay not this sin to their charge. And again on the cross, Christ says, Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit ; and Stephen says, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. He is changed into Christ s image. Consider the transcending glory of the New Covenant. In the Old Testament only one man had the glory on his face in the Old Covenant; today it is the privilege of every blood-bought saint to reflect the glory of God on our faces; we are in the New Covenant changed into the same image from glory to glory; even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Moses face reflected glory; our face radiates glory from within. William McDonald; Thus Paul brings to a close his rather mystical but deeply spiritual exposition of the new covenant and how it compares with the old (pp ). 7

8 8

Show Me Your Glory. Lessons from the Life of Moses. Lesson 13. Exodus 34. Take Us as Your Inheritance

Show Me Your Glory. Lessons from the Life of Moses. Lesson 13. Exodus 34. Take Us as Your Inheritance Show Me Your Glory Lessons from the Life of Moses Lesson 13 Exodus 34 Day One: Take Us as Your Inheritance God agreed to reveal His glory to Moses, but with certain limitations. The Lord placed Moses in

More information

Through the Torn Veil By Al Felder

Through the Torn Veil By Al Felder Through the Torn Veil By Al Felder 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

More information

The Greater Glory of Paul s Ministry 2 Corinthians 3:9-11 Part 2

The Greater Glory of Paul s Ministry 2 Corinthians 3:9-11 Part 2 Sermon Transcript The Greater Glory of Paul s Ministry 2 Corinthians 3:9-11 Part 2 The Mosaic Law is the Law given by God to Israel through Moses and consists of the first five books of the Old Testament:

More information

CHAPTER SIX THE NEW COVENANT

CHAPTER SIX THE NEW COVENANT CHAPTER SIX THE NEW COVENANT This chapter will give a sweeping overview of the new covenant, determine how the New Testament defines the old covenant, and seek to find the proper relationship that exists

More information

Law. And. Gospel By Ron Smith

Law. And. Gospel By Ron Smith Law And Gospel By Ron Smith Max Lucado and others teach that keeping the law saved people in the Old Testament, but now we are saved by faith alone. However, they fail to see that it has always been impossible

More information

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments THE LAW OF GOD It is commonly believed by many Christians today that God s commandments were meant for those who lived in Old Testament times, and do not apply to Christians who are

More information

More On The New Covenant Hebrews 8:6-13

More On The New Covenant Hebrews 8:6-13 Introduction The writer of Hebrews is convinced of the superior ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus and the New Covenant are superior to the Law and the Old Covenant. But what about the Old Covenant, and the

More information

EXODUS: GOD PROVIDES Moses Radiant Face Exodus 34:29-35

EXODUS: GOD PROVIDES Moses Radiant Face Exodus 34:29-35 EXODUS: GOD PROVIDES Moses Radiant Face Exodus 34:29-35 I didn t realize how appropriate the title, God Provides, was until I began studying Exodus in preparation for sermons each week this summer. Back

More information

Basic Bible Course by Ira Y. Rice, Jr. Christians are NOT Governed by the OLD Testament (Part 1)

Basic Bible Course by Ira Y. Rice, Jr. Christians are NOT Governed by the OLD Testament (Part 1) Basic Bible Course by Ira Y. Rice, Jr. Christians are NOT Governed by the OLD Testament (Part 1) Lesson Four INTRODUCTION: A common misconception of the Bible is that God s will to mankind of every age

More information

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews The Superior Covenant (Continued) Hebrews 10:1-39 I. PERFECT IN SACRIFICE (Hebrews 10:1-13) A. The Shortcoming of the Shadow (Hebrews 10:1-4) 1. The shadow

More information

Basic Bible Course by Ira Y. Rice, Jr. Christians are NOT Governed by the OLD Testament (PART ONE)

Basic Bible Course by Ira Y. Rice, Jr. Christians are NOT Governed by the OLD Testament (PART ONE) Basic Bible Course by Ira Y. Rice, Jr. Christians are NOT Governed by the OLD Testament (PART ONE) Lesson Four INTRODUCTION: A common misconception of the Bible is that God s will to mankind of every age

More information

Receiving the Holy Spirit

Receiving the Holy Spirit Receiving the Holy Spirit Apostle Paul: 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the

More information

I AM A MINISTER SESSION 3. The Point. The Passage. The Bible Meets Life. The Setting. God works through us to make a difference. 2 Corinthians 3:4-12

I AM A MINISTER SESSION 3. The Point. The Passage. The Bible Meets Life. The Setting. God works through us to make a difference. 2 Corinthians 3:4-12 SESSION 3 I AM A MINISTER The Point God works through us to make a difference. The Passage 2 Corinthians 3:4-12 The Bible Meets Life While we can be thankful for the work of our pastors and church leaders,

More information

He Himself. Ephesians 2:14-18 Pastor Jason Van Bemmel

He Himself. Ephesians 2:14-18 Pastor Jason Van Bemmel 1 He Himself Ephesians 2:14-18 Pastor Jason Van Bemmel For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of

More information

Those [People] Who Belong to Christ

Those [People] Who Belong to Christ Easy Reading Edition 9 November 25 December 1 Those [People] Who Belong to Christ SABBATH NOVEMBER 25 READ FOR THIS WEEK S LESSON: Romans 8:1 7. MEMORY VERSE: Those [people] who belong to Christ [Jesus]

More information

God s Mystery And Mercy Romans 11:25-32

God s Mystery And Mercy Romans 11:25-32 Introduction In the last three chapters Paul speaks of Israel s spiritual past (chapter 9); present (chapter 10); and spiritual future (chapter 11). Paul asks and answers the question; has God permanently

More information

A New Heart. Ezekiel 11:17-20

A New Heart. Ezekiel 11:17-20 Ezekiel 11:17-20 Introduction Introduction Israel was in a state of disarray. The exile had already begun. There was no sign of either repentance or restoration. God gave Ezekiel a prophecy. Introduction

More information

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth You ve probably heard the saying, There are 2 things that are certain in this life... death and taxes. Well, I submit to you, There is something certain in the after-life...

More information

Main Point: Believers are confident because of what Jesus has done for us.

Main Point: Believers are confident because of what Jesus has done for us. Week 4, 2 Corinthians 3 Hook Main Point: Believers are confident because of what Jesus has done for us. Current Event: A 2016 survey sought to determine which employees felt the most confident. Nearly

More information

Galatians: Gospel of Grace Freedom Fighter, Part II Galatians 2:11-21

Galatians: Gospel of Grace Freedom Fighter, Part II Galatians 2:11-21 Galatians: Gospel of Grace Freedom Fighter, Part II Galatians 2:11-21 THE STORY SO FAR Crossroads 6/16 Paul is astonished that the Galatians have so quickly accepted a false gospel of faith in Christ plus

More information

The Apostles (Teachers; Leaders) and the Law

The Apostles (Teachers; Leaders) and the Law 11 Easy Reading Edition June 7 13 The Apostles (Teachers; Leaders) and the Law SABBATH JUNE 7 READ FOR THIS WEEK S LESSON: Romans 3:31; Romans 6:15; Acts 10:9 14; John 15:1 11; James 2:1 26; Hebrews 3:7

More information

Jesus. The Way, The Truth, The Life

Jesus. The Way, The Truth, The Life Jesus The Way, The Truth, The Life Introduction John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 1. Jesus had just said: And where I go

More information

THE SIN OF THE GOLDEN CALF (continued) THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD EXODUS 33:1-23

THE SIN OF THE GOLDEN CALF (continued) THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD EXODUS 33:1-23 www.biblestudyworkshop.org 1 THE SIN OF THE GOLDEN CALF (continued) THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD EXODUS 33:1-23 www.biblestudyworkshop.org 2 Text: Exodus 33:1-23, THE SIN OF THE GOLDEN CALF (continued) THE

More information

Moving Forward with God s Presence Exodus 33:

Moving Forward with God s Presence Exodus 33: Moving Forward with God s Presence Exodus 33:14-15 3 5 17 I don t know about you, but we re moving forward! Exodus 33:14 15 (NKJV) 14 And God said, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

More information

The IMAGE and LIKENESS of GOD. PART 1 - God, Father, Holy Spirit

The IMAGE and LIKENESS of GOD. PART 1 - God, Father, Holy Spirit The IMAGE and LIKENESS of GOD The Relationship between GOD, JESUS CHRIST and MAN PART 1 - God, Father, Holy Spirit A. GOD (Not specifically referring to Father, Son or Holy Spirit) 1. His "Divine Nature"

More information

The High Priest of a New Covenant. Hebrews 8:1-13

The High Priest of a New Covenant. Hebrews 8:1-13 http://www.biblestudyworkshop.com 1 The High Priest of a New Covenant Hebrews 8:1-13 http://www.biblestudyworkshop.com 2 Text: Hebrews 8:1-13, The High Priest of a New Covenant 1. Now of the things which

More information

Matthew 5:17a (NKJV)17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.

Matthew 5:17a (NKJV)17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. Introduction We have been looking at Jesus Sermon on the Mount. Jesus began by looking at the people in the Kingdom (vv.1-16); Jesus spoke about their character and influence. Now His attention turns to

More information

Christ s High Priestly Prayer

Christ s High Priestly Prayer The following sermon was preached at Redemption Baptist Church on Sunday, 4 September 2016. We encourage you to look up the Scriptures that are referenced. May the Lord speak to your heart as you study

More information

Water Baptism and Salvation

Water Baptism and Salvation Water Baptism and Salvation 12/18/07 My Spiritual Journey of Baptism: I grew up not going to church and not believing in God. At fourteen years old I began to attend a Christian youth group when I heard

More information

Symbols 1 of How God Saves Us

Symbols 1 of How God Saves Us 9 Easy Reading Edition November 22 28 Date Symbols 1 of How God Saves Us SABBATH NOVEMBER SABBATH DATE 22 READ FOR THIS WEEK S LESSON: Romans 2:1 29; Romans 3:19 26; 2 Corinthians 5:18 21; 1 John 4:7 11.

More information

Galatians 3 1 Righteous by Faith. The Personal Argument 3:1-5

Galatians 3 1 Righteous by Faith. The Personal Argument 3:1-5 Grace and Faith Ministries 1 Galatians 3 1 Righteous by Faith In chapters three and four Paul uses six arguments to prove that salvation is by grace through faith and not by works of the law. In this lesson,

More information

78 Scriptures About the Glory of God

78 Scriptures About the Glory of God 78 Scriptures About the Glory of God From the New King James Version Exodus 3:2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush

More information

The Gospel in the Book of Galatians

The Gospel in the Book of Galatians Chapter 10 The Gospel in the Book of Galatians There were two principle documents in the debate between Elder George I. Butler and E. J. Waggoner. George Butler prepared an open letter to the delegates

More information

Jewish Ten Commandments

Jewish Ten Commandments Jewish Ten Commandments GraspingGod.com: Bible Study Lesson #5.12 Jewish Ten Commandments Bible Verses: Moses said, "Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances, which I teach you, to do

More information

Doctrine of the New Covenant. 1. A serious debate rages in Christendom over the doctrine of the New Covenant.

Doctrine of the New Covenant. 1. A serious debate rages in Christendom over the doctrine of the New Covenant. 1 Doctrine of the New Covenant 1. A serious debate rages in Christendom over the doctrine of the New Covenant. 2. On one side of the controversy are those such as Dispensationalist who contend the New

More information

MOSES Lesson 12. FIRST DAY: Read the notes and the references. THIRD DAY: SECOND DAY: Read Exodus 33: Read Exodus 33:7-11

MOSES Lesson 12. FIRST DAY: Read the notes and the references. THIRD DAY: SECOND DAY: Read Exodus 33: Read Exodus 33:7-11 FIRST DAY: Read the notes and the references. SECOND DAY: Read Exodus 33:7-11 The Tent of Meeting [7] Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the tent

More information

Romans 10:5 (NKJV) 5For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, The man who does those things shall live by them.

Romans 10:5 (NKJV) 5For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, The man who does those things shall live by them. Introduction Paul has been teaching us about Israel s spiritual history. In chapter 9 we looked at the past; in chapter 10 we look at the present; and in chapter 11 we will look at Israel s spiritual future.

More information

THE BETTER COVENANT (HEBREWS 8) WARREN WIERSBE

THE BETTER COVENANT (HEBREWS 8) WARREN WIERSBE THE BETTER COVENANT (HEBREWS 8) WARREN WIERSBE I once spoke at a meeting of religious broadcasters at which a friend of mine was to provide the ministry of music. He is a superb pianist with a gift for

More information

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18) THE DAY OF CHRIST INTRODUCTION But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18) I suppose several weighty volumes could be written about

More information

Christ's Ambassadors

Christ's Ambassadors Christ's Ambassadors All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting

More information

Series 2001, SE Edition 2011 Lesson 9 Paul s Second Great Prayer in Ephesians

Series 2001, SE Edition 2011 Lesson 9 Paul s Second Great Prayer in Ephesians The Epistle to the Ephesians (Special English Edition) Prepared by William S.H. Piper, D.D. For Rogma International, Inc. (All Scripture quotations from the KJV of the Bible) Copyright 2001 by Rogma International,

More information

R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. ACTS 1 12

R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. ACTS 1 12 R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. ACTS 1 12 Acts 1 12 For You R. Albert Mohler, Jr., 2018 Published by: The Good Book Company Tel (US): 866 244 2165 Tel (UK): 0333 123 0880 Email (US): info@thegoodbook.com Email (UK):

More information

by Norton M. Rainey, Jr.

by Norton M. Rainey, Jr. by Norton M. Rainey, Jr. CAN A CHRISTIAN LOSE HIS OR HER SALVATION? by Norton M. Rainey, Jr. INTRODUCTION One of the most frequently asked questions is whether a Christian can lose his/her salvation.

More information

Salvation in the Old Testament

Salvation in the Old Testament Salvation in the Old Testament Introduction: 1. A common question: Was every one in the Bible saved the same way? How were O.T. saints saved who lived before Christ died on the cross? 2. Some would say

More information

Proposition: Christ is despised and rejected of men because of the gospel he preached.

Proposition: Christ is despised and rejected of men because of the gospel he preached. Title: Why is Christ Despised and Rejected? Text: Isaiah 53: 3 Date: August 5, 2012 Place: SGBC, New Jersey Isaiah 53: 3: He is despised and rejected of men; NOT WAS BUT IS Isaiah could say in his day

More information

Righteousness Right Now Romans 3:21-26 Introduction. We come to a great turning point in the book of Romans.

Righteousness Right Now Romans 3:21-26 Introduction. We come to a great turning point in the book of Romans. Introduction We come to a great turning point in the book of Romans. Paul has been asking and answering a series of questions. What are the advantages of being a Jew or circumcision (vv.1-2)? Will the

More information

JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS VERSUS JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE

JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS VERSUS JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS VERSUS JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE INTRODUCTION FOR LESSON TWO We listed in the previous article 21 items the Bible says saves us! GOD saves us through His MERCY, GRACE, and LOVE. CHRIST

More information

Hebrews 8. Remember, we said that the writer is taking a four part approach to demonstrating the superiority of Christ

Hebrews 8. Remember, we said that the writer is taking a four part approach to demonstrating the superiority of Christ Hebrews 8 Remember, we said that the writer is taking a four part approach to demonstrating the superiority of Christ o Last week in Chapter 7 we saw the superiority of his priesthood, because He came

More information

The Book Of James: Lesson 13 The Everlasting Gospel

The Book Of James: Lesson 13 The Everlasting Gospel 1 The Book Of James: Lesson 13 The Everlasting Gospel Memory Text: The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn

More information

Glory, The Revelation of God s Glory. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Glory, The Revelation of God s Glory. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 1 Glory, The Revelation of God s Glory Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. In this psalm, David meditates on God's creation, God's

More information

GOD S JUBILEE MESSAGE

GOD S JUBILEE MESSAGE Sermon #6 John s Gospel Title: Text: John 1:15-18 Subject: The Supremacy, Fulness and Grace of Christ Date: Sunday Morning February 3, 2008 Tape: John #6 Reading: Leviticus 25:1-18 Introduction: My subject

More information

International Bible Lessons Commentary Romans 2:17-29

International Bible Lessons Commentary Romans 2:17-29 International Bible Lessons Commentary Romans 2:17-29 King James Version International Bible Lessons Sunday, July 3, 2016 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Lessons

More information

Man After God - Moses

Man After God - Moses Man After God - Moses Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is

More information

As we saw last week, Paul publicly confronted Peter in Antioch. Alone. Justification by Faith. Lesson. Sabbath Afternoon.

As we saw last week, Paul publicly confronted Peter in Antioch. Alone. Justification by Faith. Lesson. Sabbath Afternoon. Lesson 4 *July 15 21 Justification by Faith Alone Sabbath Afternoon Read for This Week s Study: Gal. 2:15 21; Eph. 2:12; Phil. 3:9; Rom. 3:10 20; Gen. 15:5, 6; Rom. 3:8. Memory Text: I have been crucified

More information

Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O Neill

Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O Neill Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O Neill Some of us aren t really absolutely sure of God s existence this morning, I know that. And some of us aren t sure why we have

More information

"This is my beloved Son hear ye him"

This is my beloved Son hear ye him The Transfiguration of Christ "This is my beloved Son hear ye him" Peter Ditzel And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And

More information

October 29, 2017 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Ordinary Time

October 29, 2017 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Ordinary Time October 29, 2017 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Ordinary Time This year we commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, commonly associated with Martin Luther nailing

More information

See The Glory of the Lord!

See The Glory of the Lord! Points to Ponder: Luke 9:28-36 New International Version 1984 (NIV1984) 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was

More information

No Condemnation Romans 8:1 Do you ever feel condemned? Every true convert to Christ knows what it s like to feel condemned because no one ever comes

No Condemnation Romans 8:1 Do you ever feel condemned? Every true convert to Christ knows what it s like to feel condemned because no one ever comes No Condemnation Romans 8:1 Do you ever feel condemned? Every true convert to Christ knows what it s like to feel condemned because no one ever comes to Christ without first being convinced of sin, righteousness,

More information

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus the Messiah.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus the Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus the Messiah. Galatians 3:28 The Following article is the basis for a sermon

More information

The Beauty of God s Grace Pt.2 God's Grace in Holiness & Sanctification Pastor Ken Birks

The Beauty of God s Grace Pt.2 God's Grace in Holiness & Sanctification Pastor Ken Birks The Beauty of God s Grace Pt.2 God's Grace in Holiness & Sanctification Pastor Ken Birks I. Introductory Remarks. In this series of messages we are looking at the subject of God's grace and how it works

More information

LESSON 2 - IDENTITY WHAT LIES HAVE I BELIEVED?

LESSON 2 - IDENTITY WHAT LIES HAVE I BELIEVED? LESSON 2 - IDENTITY WHAT LIES HAVE I BELIEVED? To the Teacher: One of the most common and, unfortunately, effective tactics Satan often uses against us is to deceive us into believing something that is

More information

UNVEILING HIS GLORY Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18. The Spirit and the Glory of God...

UNVEILING HIS GLORY Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18. The Spirit and the Glory of God... Unveiling His Glory Dr. David Platt March 16, 2008 UNVEILING HIS GLORY Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 If you have a Bible, and I hope you do, let me invite you to open with me to Exodus 34. Some

More information

A Sermon for Religious Liberty Sabbath. January 20, 2018

A Sermon for Religious Liberty Sabbath. January 20, 2018 A Sermon for Religious Liberty Sabbath January 20, 2018 By Ganoune Diop, PhD Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Please feel free to use or adapt

More information

Jesus Christ is the body that cast all the Old Testament shadows. Now that we have Jesus Himself, why would anyone still cling to the shadow?

Jesus Christ is the body that cast all the Old Testament shadows. Now that we have Jesus Himself, why would anyone still cling to the shadow? Colossians 2:16-17. 16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body

More information

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything, but a new creation. -Galatians 6:15

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything, but a new creation. -Galatians 6:15 IN CHRIST I AM CONFESSIONS In Christ I am a new man Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. -2 Corinthians 5:17 For in

More information

Jesus' Commandments. GraspingGod.com: Bible Study Lesson #5.14

Jesus' Commandments. GraspingGod.com: Bible Study Lesson #5.14 Jesus' Commandments GraspingGod.com: Bible Study Lesson #5.14 Jesus' Commandment Bible Verses: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also must love

More information

RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH 2 Timothy 2:15

RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH 2 Timothy 2:15 RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH 2 Timothy 2:15 We believe that the Holy Bible is divinely inspired; it is the most authoritative document on earth. The Old Testament scriptures were created as "holy

More information

Water Baptism for the Church

Water Baptism for the Church Water Baptism for the Church by Robert Hall PART ONE: Basic Teaching Concerning Baptism A. Primary meaning 1. The word usually means to dip although there are other meanings indicated. 2. 1 Corinthians

More information

God s Boundary Stones Part 2 Glenn Smith, April 2013, Ahava B Shem Yeshua

God s Boundary Stones Part 2 Glenn Smith, April 2013, Ahava B Shem Yeshua 1 God s Boundary Stones Part 2 Glenn Smith, April 2013, Ahava B Shem Yeshua Salvation is by Grace I talked about salvation by grace in my last message. This week s boundary stones are Sin, As It Is Defined

More information

20. 'Arise, Shine, For Thy Light Is Come'

20. 'Arise, Shine, For Thy Light Is Come' Handel's Messiah: The Person and Work of Christ 20. 'Arise, Shine, For Thy Light Is Come' By Dr. Paul M. Elliott From the TeachingtheWord Bible Knowledgebase Part 20 of a series. Read part 19. Has light

More information

Statements for the Believer

Statements for the Believer Statements for the Believer I am a child of God Romans 8:16 (NLT) For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God s children John 1:12 (NLT) But to all who believed Him and accepted Him,

More information

Who I Am In Christ. My Identity in Christ. I am In Christ

Who I Am In Christ. My Identity in Christ. I am In Christ Who I Am In Christ Freedom, life, and joy begin when we have a true understanding of God and the Father-heart of God. We must know who we are as God s children, and that the nature of our relationship

More information

Eternity Bible College. Statement of Faith

Eternity Bible College. Statement of Faith Eternity Bible College Statement of Faith Last Amended: 12-17-2015 Table of Contents Preamble...1 The Holy Scriptures...1 The Godhead...1 The Father...1 The Son...2 The Holy Spirit...2 Man...2 Salvation...3

More information

Nehemiah Ch. 10 page 1 of 6 M.K. Scanlan. Nehemiah Chapter 10

Nehemiah Ch. 10 page 1 of 6 M.K. Scanlan. Nehemiah Chapter 10 Nehemiah Ch. 10 page 1 of 6 Nehemiah Chapter 10 Chapter 9 ends with the children of Israel wanting to enter into a covenant with the Lord, once again promising to serve and obey him. Chapter 10 begins

More information

1. Law & Grace (Article 1)

1. Law & Grace (Article 1) 1. Law & Grace (Article 1) We do not keep the Ten Commandments (old covenant) for the same purpose that Israel was commanded to keep them. They kept it as a demonstration of faith in the promise of a Savior

More information

In Search of the Lord's Way. "Walking By Faith"

In Search of the Lord's Way. Walking By Faith "Walking By Faith" Paul said, We walk by faith and not by sight. Well, what does he mean? Hello, I m Phil Sanders; and this is a Bible study, In Search of the Lord s Way. And today we are going to explore

More information

Living the New Covenant

Living the New Covenant Living the New Covenant Justified by faith Even greater promises Having the fruit of the Spirit Operating with spiritual giftings Victorious in the full armor of God A more sure word of prophecy Having

More information

Should Christians Keep the Sabbath Day?

Should Christians Keep the Sabbath Day? Should Christians Keep the Sabbath Day? Are Christians required to keep the Sabbath Day? Should Christians worship on Saturday? Some Christian groups insist that the Old Testament law of the Sabbath is

More information

The Gospel In Galatians: Lesson 10 The Two Covenants

The Gospel In Galatians: Lesson 10 The Two Covenants 1 The Gospel In Galatians: Lesson 10 The Two Covenants Memory Text: But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26) Setting The Stage: (Bible Dispensations The Cloud Church

More information

Grace Bible Church of Auburn, Ca.

Grace Bible Church of Auburn, Ca. How Would Paul Thank God for Us? Col 1:3-8 (Part 3) I. How Would Paul Thank God for Us? A. Today Finish Paul s Thankfulness for the Colossians B. He s following a typical pattern for opening his letters

More information

The Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church

The Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church The Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church The faith community of Liberty Corner joins Christians around the world and across the ages to declare the core of our faith. These beliefs guide us and unite us

More information

The Sabbath as a Sign

The Sabbath as a Sign The Sabbath as a Sign I heard a well-meaning Protestant minister refer to Acts 20:7 as a proof that the early church met on the first day of the week (Sunday), as opposed to the seventh day (Sabbath).

More information

IS CHRIST YOUR IMAGINATION

IS CHRIST YOUR IMAGINATION Neville 03-22-1963 IS CHRIST YOUR IMAGINATION Tonight s subject is in the form of a question: Is Christ your Imagination? When we ask the question we expect the answer in terms of our current background

More information

Deuteronomy II The Covenant of Moab

Deuteronomy II The Covenant of Moab Deuteronomy II The Covenant Deuteronomy 29:1-29; Deuteronomy 30:1-20 I. INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS A. Theme of the Chapter i. Instruction ii. Admonition iii. Obedience iv. Prophecy B. Usage of Words i. thou

More information

Romans Dr. Charles P. Baylis ROMANS. Gentile believers. Believers at Rome ACCEPT THEOLOGY ACCEPT THEOLOGY ROMANS. -Self-

Romans Dr. Charles P. Baylis ROMANS. Gentile believers. Believers at Rome ACCEPT THEOLOGY ACCEPT THEOLOGY ROMANS. -Self- Romans 07.16.15 Dr. Charles P. Baylis ROMANS National Israel 11:28 Gentile Authorities 13:1 (enemies 11:28) O.T. O.T. Law Law (2:17) (2:17) Obedience Obedience to to Law Law (works) (works) brings brings

More information

Matthew 5:17-20 Thursday PM 1 of 5

Matthew 5:17-20 Thursday PM 1 of 5 Matthew 5:17-20 Thursday PM 1 of 5 Review: Jesus is preaching to His disciples and potential disciples: He began in the Beatitudes presenting us with the attitude of the Kingdom of God After that, He talks

More information

GALATIANS CHAPTER 3. In your group read Galatians chapter 3 aloud. As a group discuss the general content of the chapter.

GALATIANS CHAPTER 3. In your group read Galatians chapter 3 aloud. As a group discuss the general content of the chapter. In your group read Galatians chapter 3 aloud. As a group discuss the general content of the chapter. INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GROUP: Read and Discuss each verse and translation along with the Additional Information.

More information

Matthew 12:1-8. The fourth commandment reads as follows:

Matthew 12:1-8. The fourth commandment reads as follows: Matthew 12:1-8 I. Verses 1-2 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it,

More information

Micah 4:1-2 The Mountain of the Lord

Micah 4:1-2 The Mountain of the Lord 1 Micah 4:1-2 The Mountain of the Lord How many of you like to go to the mountains? I love the mountains. As a child my mother used to take my sister and me to the mountains of NC. I went to university

More information

Lesson #151: The Sermon on the Mount, Part 5

Lesson #151: The Sermon on the Mount, Part 5 Children Sabbath School Lesson #151 for 10-31-2015 Song for opening the Sabbath School: Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by. Let me at

More information

International Bible Lesson Commentary Romans 2:17-29

International Bible Lesson Commentary Romans 2:17-29 International Bible Lessons Commentary Romans 2:17-29 New Revised Standard Version International Bible Lessons Sunday, July 3, 2016 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School

More information

Memory Program 2017/2018

Memory Program 2017/2018 Memory Program 2017-2018 Memory Program 2017/2018 God says that His Word is perfect and pure, will make one wise, and is more to be desired than the most precious of things (Psalm 19). How can a young

More information

GOD S PLAN FOR THE AGES

GOD S PLAN FOR THE AGES GOD S PLAN FOR THE AGES A Comprehensive View of God's Great Plan from Eternity to Eternity Illustrated with Chart By Louis T. Talbot Chancellor of Biola College and Talbot Theological Seminary Copyright

More information

What the Cross Teaches Us Pt.2. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

What the Cross Teaches Us Pt.2. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Last week we began a study of The Cross, specifically What the Cross Teaches Us. We set out to examine What the Cross Teaches Us People. We determined that the Cross teaches us that

More information

When I first announced that I was going to preach through the Book of James, there were two

When I first announced that I was going to preach through the Book of James, there were two Be Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only Texts: James 1:19-27; Deuteronomy 11:13-32 The First in a Series of Sermons on the Book of James When I first announced that I was going to preach through the

More information

Berten A. Waggoner National Director The Vineyard USA A Community of Churches Sugar Land, Texas January 2006

Berten A. Waggoner National Director The Vineyard USA A Community of Churches Sugar Land, Texas January 2006 The need for a statement of faith arose shortly after the beginning of the Vineyard movement in 1983. We were growing quite rapidly and people were coming into the movement from a variety of theological

More information

It is with deep respect that the author of Hebrews compares and contrasts the Old Covenant practices with the final work of Jesus Christ.

It is with deep respect that the author of Hebrews compares and contrasts the Old Covenant practices with the final work of Jesus Christ. 1 CHRIST S SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL Hebrews 10:1-18 It is with deep respect that the author of Hebrews compares and contrasts the Old Covenant practices with the final work of Jesus Christ. Like Paul, our

More information

Psalm 111 is The ABCs of Praise and Psalm 112 is The ABCs of Righteousness.

Psalm 111 is The ABCs of Praise and Psalm 112 is The ABCs of Righteousness. 1 The ABCs of Praise by Pastor Jason Van Bemmel Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the LORD,

More information

The Covenant from Eternity J. W. Peters November 4, 2002

The Covenant from Eternity J. W. Peters November 4, 2002 The Covenant from Eternity J. W. Peters November 4, 2002 God made an Everlasting Covenant with Abraham to give him the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession (Gen. 17:7-8). But the eternal nature

More information