Friday, August 2, 2013

Are we more like Jesus today than we were yesterday?

Today Bible passage I want to concentrate on is found in 2 Corinthians 3:7-9 & 14, 18.

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 

 This passage sometimes is hard to understand.  It talks about the 10 Commandments that God gave Moses on Mt. Sinai and compares it to the Grace and Gift of Eternal life through Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit until that day comes.  

You see everyone is a sinner, no one could possibly live their life completely sinless, following the 10 Commandments.  God did not send those to the people to make their lives a failure - but to show them, that they needed a Savior and could not live a sinless life.  So this is why the Bible calls the 10 Commandments the 'ministry of death'.  And the ministry of Christ death and resurrection, 'ministry of life'.  Filling us with the Holy Spirit to make us more and more like Christ, forgiving us of all past, present and future sins.

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  

 Symbolically, when Christ died on the cross, the veil in the Holy of Holies, of the Jewish temple was ripped from top to bottom.  This would have been an impossible task for any man to do.  The thickness of the veil was so thick only God could rip it.  And with Christ being on the throne, having victory over death and hell - we who have accepted Christ as our Savior, can come directly to him through prayer, His word, and ask what we will.  No more do we have to go through a priest, who went in alone once a year before the ripping of the veil.

18 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. 

Are we being 'transformed into the same image from glory to glory'?  In other words each day are we becoming more like Jesus?  Are we studying His Word, are we praying and thanking him for what He has done for us?  Are we being living testimonies to the unsaved?  Well only you can answer those questions.  I pray that you will do that today.  

Due to illness this past week, I have not created any new cards.  But will try to get back into the swing of things soon.  I thank you for your patience.  May God bless you always!  Jan  


Carole Robb Bisson said...

I hope we are.
Faith works by love, and it ( the Bible) clearly defines love. Blessings

Emily Thubbron said...

Thank you, Jan, for your great post. We need to remember the miracle of Christ's death and resurrection. Praise God that I am better than I was yesterday, but not as good as I'm going to be tomorrow through Jesus' mercy and grace.

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the wonderful reminder that as we grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we will visibly be more like him. Thank you for sharing!