Friday, December 16, 2016

2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) Paul’s Antidote for "Lethalism"

2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV)
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
The Lord Jesus Christ is that Spirit that gives both liberty and life to the New Testament believer.
Jews, entrenched in the letter of Old Testament law, had turned God’s Word into a lethal moral code. Abandoning the Spirit of the Lord, they had reinterpreted and reconstructed the faith God delivered to Moses into something diametrically opposed to the Spirit of the Lord. Faith in Christ restores that Spirit.
Reformed theology, dating back to its very beginning, attempts to preserve the lethal letter while claiming to possess the Spirit at the same time.  One has merely to run into the likes of today’s modern Reformed podcasters to experience this deathly faith first hand. Apparently this same tendency existed in Corinth.
Paul’s antidote was, as it is today, a good dose of Jesus. When we read the Word of God through lens of the Savior we find liberty of conscience and life for all who humble themselves and believe.
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2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) Paul’s Antidote for Lethalism

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