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Freedom and Perfection
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Do you know what happens when you are beholding the Glory of the Lord?
Published October 12th, 2021
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Main point summary
Main point summary
The Spirit of the Lord, who frees us in Christ also transforms us into the glorious likeness of Christ from one degree to another when we are beholding the glory of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord 1 is the Spirit,
The Lord [who removed the veil of the law through His New Covenant] is the Spirit,
and where r the Spirit of the Lord is,
and wherever this Spirit of the Lord is present,
there is s freedom.
there is freedom [from the old covenant of slavery to the law].
And we all, with unveiled face, t beholding u the glory of the Lord, 1
Because of that there is nothing that stops us from fully beholding [present continuous] the glory of the Lord (now)
v are being transformed into the same image
as a result, we are being continuously transformed in to the very image of the Lord, whose glory we are beholding
w from one degree of glory to another.
which is from one degree to another (one step at a time).
For this comes from the Lord
By the way, this is the Lord's doing
who is the Spirit.
who is the Spirit of God.
CONTEXT: Paul, begins chapter 3 with an appeal for the Corinthian believers' commitment to his teachings and to himself. It is evident from 2 Cor 5:12; 10:12 and 12:11 that Corinthian believers were deceived by boastful self-appointed apostles and their degrading teachings against Paul. In defense, Paul gently reminds them of what he had taught them, pointing to the freedom in Christ in the Ministry of the New Covenant through His Spirit as apposed to the death from the Ministry of the Condemnation of the Old Covenant that was given through Moses. The glory that God has revealed in the Lord Jesus surpasses the glory of the law. So much so that it is to every one and it has a purpose. MAIN POINT: The Spirit of the Lord brings freedom not bondage and legalism to a believer. This freedom is a continuous work of transformation in a believer, perfecting in him/her the image of Christ from one degree of glory to another. TAKEAWAY: This passage is on the doctrine of sanctification. It is an overwhelming truth about the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life: He not only brings us freedom in Christ, but applies that freedom by working transformation in us, growing us into His likeness, one step at a time. This spiritual freedom is true and its evidence can be clearly seen in a believer's emotional and physical life too. He is the Author of my freedom and He will perfect it in me ( Phil 1:6 ). How can we grow? By “ beholding ” the glory of the LORD! How can we behold His glory? It comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (18d-e) So, what do I do now? - Believe and rejoice at this marvelous truth. - Ask and seek for God's Spirit to work this transformation in me.
Vinayaka Muniswamy
Hi Brent, Thanks for your feedback. I'm encouraged.
Brent Karding
Excellent takeaways here, with your three questions and answers.
Brent Karding
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,
I like how you made 18 an Inference of 17. Your paraphrase helps show why this is so. Well done!
Brent Karding
from one degree of glory to another.
Great choices of Ac-Res and Ac-Mn in 18a-c!
Brent Karding
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
I don't see Sit-R here. Is it surprising result of the Lord being the Spirit that there is freedom? I wouldn't say so.
Vinayaka Muniswamy
Is it Idea/Exp?
Brent Karding
Yes, that might work. I'm not sure if that or Series is better: there are two facts, but the second one in 17b-c is more important, so I don't think Series is as good.
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