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The Glory of New Covenant Ministry (2 COR.3:7-18)

WEAKNESS  is the self-distrustful, conscious recognition of our weakness in spiritual things. We are not Ironmen, we are not Triathletes, we do not ‘go the distance’, we fall short: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ…

Is New Covenant Ministry Encouraging or Disturbing?

2 Cor. 3 is supposed to lead us to “not lose heart”. Paul had uber-confidence in the ministry of the Spirit. Eschatology, not ecclesiology shaped his thinking: he was living in the new age, the age of the outpoured Spirit. The new covenant ministry of the Spirit was more glorious because it superceded the ministry…

PAUL THE CAPTIVE, THE LIVING SACRIFICE

     Do you see the image? The Roman Triumphal Procession was a lavish spectacle. Think St. Patricks Day Parade in Chicago -.rich fabrics, polished horses and chariots, music, dancers, incense, ceremony. The conquering general  is out in front surrounded by his first lieutenants. Behind him are wagon loads of plunder from the land he has…

DISMANTLE

      Last week we introduced the theme of this great letter of 2 CORINTHIANS: God’s Strength in our Weakness. “My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9,10).  I want to begin using the word DISMANTLE to capture that theme in one word. The word ‘dismantle’ means to take…