Text: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Paul’s reference point for this passage is Moses’ receiving the Ten Commandments and the Law (Exodus 33 and 34).
God’s glory in our lives is part of the unsearchable riches purchased for us by the blood of Christ.
Our text passage today connects us with that awesome Moses experience. But in a most unexpected way…
Paul’s point is, what is happening in believers, is more glorious than what happened to Moses.
- Verse 8 Will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
- Verse 10 “For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.”
- Moses experienced glory. We are experiencing “surpassing glory!”
What makes the glory of the “New” superior to the “Old?”
Unfading. Moses put on a veil to cover the fading glory. Ours is not only not fading, it is ever-increasing (vs. 18).
Spirit Residence. Another reason our glory is greater is the Lord appeared to Moses, but He resides in you. You are a living temple for His glory.
Power. Yet another, Moses ministry communicated God’s laws, but no power to perform it. The ministry of the Spirit, brings righteousness, peace with God and the power of the Spirit to each believer. We are “being transformed,” not transforming ourselves.
Other inspiring features of His glory
Each Day He Welcomes Our Desire. We can sit on his lap without an agenda. Psalm 149:4 says, “The Lord takes pleasure in His people.”
Each Day He Offers Us Deeper Trust. (We are not doing God a favor by trusting in Him. He wants us to trust Him because we are the beneficiaries.)
- We can trust Him to provide an awareness of His glory that fills our hearts with His joy, to see the supernatural thread of His glory running through the ordinary fabric of today.
- We can trust Him each day to bless our remembrance of what we have in Him.
- We can trust Him for “Emmaus Road” (Luke 24:13) fellowship through the Scriptures.
Each Day We Have an Open Invitation to His Magnificent Buffet.
- “Taste and See” and “Open wide/” (Psalm 34:8; 81:10).
- Though He is unseen, that does not mean He wants to be unnoticed. We can trust Him to help us notice Him.
How can the glory that we have become more a part of our daily experience? God is precise but He is not predictable. He manifests His glory at His discretion, when He wants to. But His “want to” is not whimsical or random. His “want to” is perfectly in accordance with His love for us, His surpassing wisdom, His eternal purposes and His intimate knowledge of each one of us.
Everyone wants to be done with 2020. But the reality is 2021 can be worse. If there is a message from heaven for all of us from 2020 it’s that we are not in control. But that doesn’t mean things are out of control. The evil one wants us to either live in fear because we are not in control or delusion because we think we are in control. But the Lord wants us to rest in Him and trust in Him regardless of what life does.
Everything the Lord instructs us in His word is to reveal to us His glory and to display it through us. All of it is intended to make His glory known to us and through us – as “instruments of righteousness.”