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The Glory That Surpasses

2 Corinthians 3:4-11

4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,
6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses‘ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end,
8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?
9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.
10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.
11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

Paul is comparing and contrasting the New Covenant with the Law. Oh, how blessed we are to be under the New Covenant. Don’t ever desire to be back under the Law!


The Law (The Old Covenant)
The New Covenant
Of the Letter Of the Spirit
The Letter kills The Spirit gives life
Ministry of Death Ministry of Righteousness
Carved in letters on stone (no doubt the reference here) Ministry of the Spirit written on the heart (Hebrews 10:16)
Came with Glory such that the Israelites could not look upon Moses’ face Ministry of the Spirit has much more Glory
Was brought to an end Is permanent
Ministry of Condemnation Ministry of Righteousness
What once had Glory has come to have no Glory Far surpasses the letter in Glory
Was brought to an end though it came with Glory What is permanent will have Glory

Do you see what Paul is saying? How much more blessed are we to sit at the feet of Jesus on Mount Zion (Matthew 5-7) than to tremble at the foot of Mount Sinai (Exodus 19-20). While the Israelites trembled in fear and begged the Lord to speak no more to them, we can come before the Lord in confidence and boldness.

Israelites:

Exodus 20:

18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off
19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”
20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”
21 The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

Believers:

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Ephesians 3:11-12

11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

This is why Paul cries out to the Galatians:

Galatians 3:1-3

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?


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David Miller – The Glory of Jesus Christ

True Church Conference 2012

True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Message 1 –  David Miller – The Glory of Jesus Christ

 

The text for the sermon is John 1:14-18. The subject of the sermon is the glory of Jesus Christ.

 

A. A definition of the glory of Jesus.

There are two words translated glory. The Hebrew word “kabode” – meaning “heavy” or “weighty”.  This deal with the visible manifestations of God. The Greek word is “doxa”, it means to ascribe worth or worship. The words of Jesus are full of grace and truth. And Jesus Himself is full of grace of truth.

“The glory of Jesus is the sum total of all His attributes and deeds which separates and distinguishes Him from all other beings.” – Miller

 

B. A delineation of the glory of Jesus.

The text gives us four things that distinguish Jesus Christ:

1. The person of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:1-3. He is the logos, the express image of the Godhead, the visible manifestation of the invisible deity. He is co-eternal with the Father, co-existent with the Father, and co-equal with the Father.

2. The prerogative of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:14. God became flesh. And He dwelt among men. Man does not possess this kind of prerogative. Man cannot make himself God. But Jesus can make Himself man.

a. the meaning of the incarnation – the joining of the divine nature with a human nature.

b. the means of the incarnation – it was a miracle, supernatural, inexplicable

c. the motive of the incarnation – so that Jesus might be touched the feelings of our infirmity, so that He might be our kinsman-redeemer

                i.              He must be worthy

                ii.             He must be wealthy

                iii.            He must be willing

3. The preferment of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:15. The one who comes after John is preferred over John because He came before John.  And we prefer Jesus over this world.

4. The plentitude (fullness) of Jesus distinguishes Him. See John 1:16. Wave after wave of grace. Grace piled on top of grace.

 

C. A design of the glory of Jesus.

No man has ever seen God. But Jesus Christ has declared before us God. See John 1:18. There have been some revelations of God. For instance, creation. But creation can only condemn, it cannot redeem. The law reveals the holiness of God. But the law can only condemn, it cannot redeem. But then Jesus came. We learned things about God that were never seen before. What were types and shadows were revealed in the true light.


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