Friday, January 21, 2011

Who blinds the lost?

Quick revisit of 1 Corinthians 3
We are under a new Covenant
2Corinthians 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
We are blinded to the Truth of the New Covenant until we turn to Christ:
Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

When we turn to Christ and are absolutely surrendered to Him, we are transformed:

2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Moving on to chapter 4:

Paul starts chapter 4 with the word "therefore"......Therefore what?

Paul just made the point that those that turn to Christ are no longer blinded from The Truth, in addition, those that turn to Christ are transformed...they are a new creation.

So....therefore what?....therefore, since you are transformed you will NOT LOSE HEART!

2Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.

In addition, when we are transformed, we WILL renounce shameful things
Renounced: Disowned; denied; rejected; disclaimed.
2Corinthians 4:2a But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness

Isn't it interesting that Paul says to "renounce things of shame" yet the average pulpit will call this being judgmental.  This reminds me of the conversation I had with a Pastor the other day.  Without getting in to all the details, this ELCA Pastor was suggesting as I quoted the Word of God regarding judging a man by his fruit that I was being judge and jury.  A dear brother in Christ made this point as I told him of the conversation, "he is the one being judge and jury suggesting that people that show no sign of repentance are saved."  I thought that was a fantastic point!  This Pastor was suggesting, in more words than one, that I was being ungodly by suggesting that a person may not be saved because they don't show the fruit of repentance; but the truth is, I was quoting God's Word and he was the one that was playing judge and jury with an unbiblical proclamation of salvation toward an unrepentant sinner.

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