Posted by: bshelley | February 13, 2009

Liberty

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Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” NASB

I have heard a variety of sermons on this verse that frankly miss the point by ignoring the context. The liberty here is freedom of access to God for all who are in Christ. In Him we also have freedom from the bondage of sin, and in the case of converted Jews, from the Law. This section is speaking of the Temple veil that divided the people from God’s presence which had now been removed by Jesus’ atoning sacrifice. Without Christ, the veil is said to still remain. For those who are His, however, we have been granted the privilege of going straight into the Father’s presence (Heb 10:19). There is no longer need for priests or others to intercede on our behalf. Verse 16 says clearly that “whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed”. We can approach the great Throne of Grace in prayer in God’s very presence. Do we take that awesome privilege fore granted? Is it too easy? Too uncomplicated? God wants a “four-eyed” relationship with His children. Having been washed clean of sin in baptism, we can be in God’s presence and have an eye to eye communication with Him. Why would we tarry? Who would not take advantage of access to Him often? Let your prayers this day be in His presence. His loving presence. Have you approached Him yet today? He has done quite a bit to make that possible. Now, He is waiting patiently for you to exercise your liberty.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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  1. Hi Bryan, I always appreciate your teachings.

    Isn’t it amazing that at the moment of Christ’ death, the veil was torn allowing us to have access to the throne of God. I mean at the moment that man crucified the Son of God, beating, slapping, and pulling out his beard, cursing him the whole time—God still tore the veil to allow us to come to him in a personal way. What is the depth of that kind of love!? It is the kind that brings me to my knees!

    http://www.mlordi.wordpress.com


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