2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty. But 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.
-Apostle Paul contrasts the old covenant with the new covenant to expose how both fit together. The old covenant brings condemnation while the new covenant brings righteousness. The old covenant is a ministry of death while the new covenant is life through the Spirit. The old covenant is external while the new is internal as the Holy Spirit works on our hearts. In Mat 15:8; Jesus said that people draw near to Him with their mouth, and honor Him with their lips, but their heart are far from Him. This is a call for us to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. The word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb 4:12). Through Gods’ wisdom we are then able to realize His perfect will as we fix our eyes on Him and are immersed in His word; as we mediate on it daily, and are transformed to be more like Him. Moses solely saw the glory of God and his face shone bright; but through the new covenant, Christ took away the veil so that we who believe may also see His glory. We have then obtained liberty through the new covenant as Jesus shed His blood on the cross and released the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The glory of the new covenant thus brings us to Christ Who takes away our trespasses, helps us to love Him more and fellow men, and re-positions us from glory to glory through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we turn to Christ in faith; we encounter the Holy Spirit where we enjoy freedom through salvation as we are transformed from one glory to the next in our daily walk through grace.
God You are King of all the heavens and the earth, we sing praises to You everyday. You reign over all the nations as You are seated on Your holy throne. Blot out our transgressions by Your precious blood Jesus we humbly ask You, and bring us to the glory of Your salvation through grace. Create in us clean hearts Lord, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast us away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation Lord, and uphold us by Your generous Spirit. Thank You for giving us the new covenant God, we give You thanks and praise. Fill our hearts with Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control; so that we may always seek You first, with contrite hearts. Be with all the students who are preparing for their final exams and grant them good success. Bless the work of our hands Dear Jesus and take control of all we do, we humbly beseech You. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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