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 May 4, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 1 Chronicles 9-11
Audio: 1 Chronicles 9-11

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
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(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)

2 Corinthians 3 (ESV)

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 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.

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  1. This chapter is great, and a lot stood out to me. I really love 2 Corinthians 3:16-18. Verse 16: "But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed."

    To me, that verse is everything. I mean, doesn't that just say it all?! Love it! 

  2. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

    No person has anything of value that God needs in order for His divine wrok to be accomplished. Moreover, no person can receive anything from God that He does not sovereignly choose to give to someone. 

    Paul was a brilliant man with a lot of talent and natural giftedness and ability. He had all the qualities one would look for in a leader. But his sufficiency did not come from his own strength but came from God.

    Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9:8,10 "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness."

    I'm reminded here of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

  3. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 2 Corinthians 3:14-16

    Clouded Sight

    One can have perfect vision, but still not see. Someone can have several academic degrees, but still fail to understand. Why? Because a 'veil lies over their hearts'. I wish I could make others see the beauty and majesty of God, that all would come and bow to Him in worship and repentance. But it does not happen. For all the wealth of knowledge, man lacks understanding.

    Professing themselves to be wise, they are fools. The pour out fountains of information, how many times is that information designed to 'prove' there is no God? It is like the world is mad with desire to cast down God and raise itself up as god, to become god. It is a foolish endeavor to attempt to dethrone your Creator.

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