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A Glimpse of God's Glory (CC)

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www.ziontorrance.info February 19, 2012 Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Let us rise for the reading of this morning's Sermon Text recorded for us by the Apostle Paul where we read from the 2nd Letter to the Corinthians beginning with Chapter 3, with Verse 12: THEREFORE, SINCE WE HAVE SUCH A HOPE, WE ARE VERY BOLD. WE ARE NOT LIKE MOSES, WHO WOULD PUT A VEIL OVER HIS FACE TO KEEP THE ISRAELITES FROM GAZING AT IT WHILE THE RADIANCE WAS FADING AWAY. BUT THEIR MINDS WERE MADE DULL, FOR TO THIS DAY THE SAME VEIL REMAINS WHEN THE OLD COVENANT IS READ. IT HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED, BECAUSE ONLY IN CHRIST IS IT TAKEN AWAY. EVEN TO THIS DAY WHEN MOSES IS READ, A VEIL COVERS THEIR HEARTS. BUT WHENEVER ANYONE TURNS TO THE LORD, THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY. NOW THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT, AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM. AND WE, WHO WITH UNVEILED FACES, ALL REFLECT THE LORD'S GLORY, ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS WITH EVER-INCREASING GLORY, WHICH COMES FROM THE LORD, WHO IS THE SPIRIT. THEREFORE, SINCE THROUGH GOD'S MERCY WE HAVE THIS MINISTRY, WE DO NOT LOSE HEART. RATHER, WE HAVE RENOUNCED SECRET AND SHAMEFUL WAYS; WE DO NOT USE DECEPTION, NOR DO WE DISTORT THE WORD OF GOD. ON THE CONTRARY, BY SETTING FORTH THE TRUTH PLAINLY WE COMMEND OURSELVES TO EVERY MAN'S CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. [Text taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers] Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: Throughout our lives, we have people that we look up to. People that we admire. People that we want ... even maybe emulate in our own life. People that we look at as being successful and we want to be like them. In whatever course or field of work that they may be in. And we look at those people and sometimes we even idolize them. But then as time goes on, it seems that things come up. And that great athlete that we thought was so wonderful, admits to enhancing his ability with drugs. Or we see, that that great performer that we really like, beats up women. That people who we look up to and respect, sometimes lose that respect from us because things are revealed about their life. About what they've done. Or what they've said. And it diminishes them in our thinking. We think of them in a different way. And really, I believe, that's what Moses was trying to avoid with the people of Israel. When he came down from that mountain having spent that time with the Lord, in the Lord's presence ... in the glory of the Lord, and he came back to God's people. What he wanted to make sure to them, was that their understanding of the Lord was not diminished. That they wouldn't see the Lord's glory fading. So he put this veil over his face. And it's interesting that it is that veil that the Apostle Paul talked about to the church in Corinth. To the church in Corinth saying: We no longer use that veil. We live in the glory of God. We live in the fulfillment of God's love and promise to us in Jesus Christ. We don't have to hide God's glory. It's there. It's reflected in our life each and every day. And the Apostle Paul encouraged that church in Corinth to reflect God's light. And to do so BOLDLY with the hope that they had. And to do so plainly to reach people. To realize that the ministry that they shared as that congregation of Christ, was to proclaim Him. To proclaim Him, yes as the fulfillment of that Old Covenant. Because the Apostle Paul talks about a second veil to the church in Corinth. He says: That veil that covered the people's hearts. That veil of not understanding that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of that Old Covenant. That Old Covenant with all of its laws and regulations. With its sacrifices that had to be made for sin. That a life that was ruled and governed by God's Law. That Christ came as the fulfillment of that. That He was going to be the ULTIMATE sacrifice. He was going to be the pure Lamb of God whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins of all people of all time. That was God's purpose in sending Jesus Christ into this world. THERE IS the Glory of God: That He takes that holiness of Christ's perfection and gives it to us in place of the unholiness of our sin. But without this working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts there is this veil that covers our hearts. That doesn't allow us to see that glory. That doesn't allow us to understand that tremendous love of God. But the Apostle Paul came to that church in Corinth and said: You have received Christ! That veil has been removed so that you can proclaim Christ boldly. But you shouldn't be hiding it. It is the thing that makes your life worth living! It is the confidence you have each and every day knowing that your sins have been forgiven in Jesus Christ. There IS the comfort. Because in the Law all we know and understand is that we can't do enough. We can't keep it. It continually reminds us that we are not perfect. It continually comes back to us and says: You have not done what God wants from you. It continually comes back to us and says: You deserve eternal damnation. But we have the fullness of Jesus Christ who took that sin of ours to the cross of Calvary and removed it. Who laid down dead in a grave to rise to eternal life to destroy death and its hold on us. To look at Satan now with a victorious laugh that he is totally defeated. Disarmed in his fight against us. That is the strength that we have; it is the confidence that we have. It is the boldness in which we reflect God's glory. And yes we realize ... we realize at times we want to cover that glory up. We want to hide the fact that we know who Jesus Christ is. Or what He's done. And Satan makes it so easy for us to remain silent ... sometimes. Or if I don't speak, I'm not going to have to explain it. If I don't speak, I'm not going to get into this debate. If I don't say anything, then I won't have to profess anything. And that's the easy Christian who would rather sit in the sidelines of that daily struggle between sin ... our sinful nature and the world ... and the new person that God has created in us that lives by faith. That trusts in Jesus Christ. And we're reminded today to proclaim and reflect that glory of God. To do it boldly. Do not hide anything. Or as Paul comes to the church in Corinith and says: We're not gonna do things secretly. We're not gonna have some secret society that you have to pass some initiation to come into. We're not gonna take the Word of God and distort it to make it say something that it doesn't say. We're not gonna do anything to trick people into becoming a member of the church. But we are going to plainly proclaim what Christ has done. That we are going to plainly proclaim what God has done for sinful human beings. That we present both Law and Gospel in all of its purity, in all of its truth, and yes, in all of its simplicity. To boil it down simply to say that all people sin. I have sinned. You have sinned. We are sinners! I can't save myself. You cannot save yourself. I can't save you. You can't save me. But God sent His One and only Son to save sinners. God sent His Son to save me. God sent His Son to save you. I am now a child of God by faith ... because the Holy Spirit used God's Word to work faith in my heart and to keep me in that faith. The Holy Spirit has come into your life by the power of the Word, to keep you in the faith that He has given to you as well. And we know by faith that the culmination of our faith is when we die or when Christ returns to this world that we will be given the gift of eternal life. That we will live with Him in all the glories of heaven because of HIS work and that we believe and trust that what He has done has been done for me. Plainly. Simply. But sometimes we get into the world and we get in discussions in the world and the world wants proof. And the world wants you to say: Well, what about this? And what about that? And what about this? And what if God had done this, or what if He hadn't done this? And we come back to this plain truth: This ... is what .... God .... did! And I believe it. But we stand firmly on the simple confession that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of all. Want to know more about him? Read His Word. I will read it with you. I will sit down with you and we will go through this together. Come with me to my church. And realize what we teach and preach and proclaim every week. Publicly ... for all to hear. Plainly ... for all to understand. That we realize we reflect the glory of God that has been given to us. And that sometimes we don't say anything 'cuz we're afraid of the big discussion. But the Apostle Paul says: Speak! And speak plainly. And simply. And let ... the Holy Spirit ... do the work! Because we all know the hope that is ours. We all know the story of our salvation. We all know the life of Christ and we are all capable of sharing it. But don't let Satan rob you of the fact that you don't have some biblical degree. Or you don't know each and every aspect of every verse of Scripture. Speak what you know. Continue to learn what you don't and explore. Reflect the glory of God in this dark world. We are those shining lights. We are the shining lights of God. He has come to us with His grace, and His mercy and His love. And we enjoy that and we treasure it. And it is ours today and will be ours throughout eternity. We know that. Trust that. Reflect that love of God and His glory ... each and every day. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives, in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 14 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 48
Posted by: hischild on Feb 22, 2012

Watch and listen to this Closed Captioned message based on 2 Corinthians 3:12-4-2. By faith we boldly proclaim the Law and the Gospel, telling what Christ has done for us, while reflecting His Glory. Pastor Dave may be contacted at: www.ziontorrance.info

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