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Monday, July 11, 2016

Message Monday: From Glory to Glory

It’s amazing to think that out of all of the sins that the Lord hates, the number one sin that we see listed throughout the Bible is the sin of pride.  In Proverbs 6:16-17 the Bible says, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look….” As Christians we must ensure that we are always maintaining a humble attitude knowing that in and of ourselves, we can do nothing. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this very fact in verse five when he says, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” God is our all in all and without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). With that thought in mind we see in verse six that God has “made us able ministers of the new testament, which is not of the letter (law), but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” The ministration of death we see in verse seven (speaking of the law) that was written and engraven in stones refers to the ten commandments that were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The passage explains that the ministration of the law was so glorious that the children of Israel could not even look upon the face of Moses when he came down from the mount. He had been with Jehovah God and everyone knew! Oh that people would see the glory of God shine from our faces and through our lives as they saw with Moses!
As we see in this passage however, that glory was only temporary, it was to be done away. Verse eight then begs the question, “How much more glorious then is the ministration of righteousness given by the Holy Spirit?” He indwells the heart of every single person who has ever put their complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, and He will NEVER leave us! Unfortunately, the Jews missed what God was trying to show them and in verses fourteen and fifteen we see that that veil is still upon their hearts and they are still missing the message today.  The amazing thing is if they, like you and I, would turn to Jesus Christ they would see that He has already removed the veil and we now have freedom and liberty through His Spirit! We now have direct access to God and we can look into the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:23) and see just how we should live our lives, be more like Jesus, and carry out the ministry that He has given us. We should live one day at a time, one action at a time (from glory to glory), all for the purpose of bringing glory to God as we walk and are led by His Spirit.

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
2Co 3:6  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.
2Co 3:7  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:
2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
2Co 3:11  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
2Co 3:12  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
2Co 3:13  And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
2Co 3:14  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.
2Co 3:15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Co 3:18  But we all, with open 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.


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