REFLECTIONS FOR LIFE

 

AMAZING GRACE

IS GRACE ENOUGH?

2 Corinthians 3:16-18

 

Pastor Lou Gallo

July 18, 2020

 

 

 

 

We are living our lives to grow in that holiness in this life. Walking in a way that is pleasing to God is our life long pursuit of that holiness. That’s what is glorifying to God. It is God’s free gift of grace that helps us to say no to sin and to grow in holiness. Thinking that I can sin because God will forgive me is a wrong understanding of grace.

 

Grace doesn’t free us to sin – grace frees us not to sin.

 

2 Corinthians 3:16-18, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

 

  1. We Can See

  2. We Are Changed

 

WE CAN SEE

 

Obviously, Paul is referring to the account in Exodus 34 that tells us aboutMoses when he would meet with the Lord.When he came down from the mountain, his face was shining. It was so bright that the leaders put a veil over his face!

 

Whenever Moses went to meet with the Lord he would remove the veil.

 

In Moses’ day, covering the face meant shame and mourning. The children of Israel felt shame when they would look at Moses’ face shining because it reminded them of a Holy God. They couldn’t stand it. So, they all couldn’t cover their faces – they covered Moses’ face! They felt shame when they encountered someone who was in the presence of God.

 

To have an unveiled face is to experience confidence and freedom.

 

We who know Christ have had their faces unveiled and experience the confidence and freedom that comes with knowing Christ. We can see. When someone turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

 

Those who do not know Christ have a veil over their eyes. It’s like walking around with a thick, dark bag over their heads. They can’t see their sin and their need for a Savior.

 

WE ARE CHANGED

 

If sin did not attract us, it would have absolutely no power in our lives. We sin when we love it more than we love living for our Savior.

 

“Before we were indwelt by the Spirit of God, we were “not able not to sin,” but now we’re made able to resist the temptations that assault us.” - Bryan Chapell 

 

Once we become a Christian, we have the Holy Spirit living in us! Sin no longer has dominion over us. We can say no to sin and yes to holiness. We can say no to sin and yes to change. In our New Members class it says, “Once you have become a Christian, change is unavoidable.”

 

Unavoidable?

 

Our text this morning in 2 Corinthians 3:18 says,“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 

This transformation into the same image as Jesus comes from the Holy Spirit.

 

What is the role of the Holy Spirit? What does He do? What’s His job description?

 

John 14:16 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

 

If you’re a Christian you have the Holy Spirit.

 

John 16:14 goes on to say, “He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

 

The role of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus. He does that when He changes your heart to love the things of God. He does that as He transforms you into the image of Jesus. He does that when He ultimately keeps you until the very end when you will see Jesus and worship Him face to face.

 

Change is unavoidable if you have the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works in our hears to feel the effects of an alive conscience and the conviction of sin.

 

Bryan Chapell says, “The grace of the gospel stirs the chemistry of the heart, igniting a love for God that is our most compelling power for devotion and transformation.”

 

The most compelling motivation in a Christians life is love.

 

Jesus said, two great commandments are love God and love others.

 

Paul said it’s the love of Christ that controls us. I would say that it’s the love for Christ that motivates us.

 

Two good questions to ask:

" Why am I doing the things I am doing? "

" Who am I doing them for? "

 

We sin because we love to sin. If sin wasn’t attractive to us we wouldn’t do it.

 

Sin generally provides us with something we want and we act on it in order to fulfill that want/desire/lust.

 

James 4:1-4 says, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passionsareat war within you? 2You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.4You adulterous people!Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”

 

“The expulsive power of a new affection.” Thomas Chalmers

 

Saying no to sin and yes to holiness is motivated by our love for Him who is our God and has saved us from the brokenness of sin and His wrath.

 

Questions:

  1. What is the significance of the veil?

  2. What does it mean for the veil to be removed?

  3. What is the role of the Holy Spirit?

  4. What kind of freedom does the Holy Spirit give Christians?

  5. What does it mean to be transformed into the image of Jesus?

  6. What is the light of the Holy Spirit exposing in your heart?

  7. What steps can you take to begin to change?

You can view all AIM live worship services here as well as this message here.

We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.

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