Unveiling.the Glory

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Growing spiritually is co-partnering with the Holy Spirit to transform us by removing the veil and revealing the glory (Christ) that is within us. Growing deep in faith spiritual involves two components, three dimensions and four principles.

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Unveiling.the Glory

  1. 1. Unveiling the Glory2 Corinthians 3:12-18Dr Alex Tang
  2. 2. 2CO 3:12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, whowould put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 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. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. (NIV) 2 Cor. 3:12-18
  3. 3. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is theSpirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lords glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:12-18
  4. 4. General introduction to 2CorinthiansComparison of the ancientIsraelites and ChristiansOld Testament backgroundComparison of the old covenantand the new covenantUnveiling the Glory (growingdeeper in faith)
  5. 5. GloryAttribute of God such as majesty and perfection Jesus Christ
  6. 6. 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 structure Chiastic (J. Lambrecht) A. 12–13a (13b) — We (apostles) B. 14a C. 14b D. 14c — They (Israelites) C’. 15 B’. 16 (17) A’. 18 — We (Christians)
  7. 7. A. 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 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. We(apostles)B. 14 But their minds were made dull,C. for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read.D. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. (Israelites)C’. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.B’. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.A’. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lords glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. We (Christians) Old and New Covenant
  8. 8. Old and New Covenant 2 Cor 3:12-18Old Covenant New CovenantMoses Paul (Apostles)Veiled (minds and hearts) Not veiledLaws (rules) Spirit (freedom)Fading radiance Permanent/ever-lasting
  9. 9. Old Testament background JER 31:31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house ofJudah.32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because theybroke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, " declares the LORD. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will putmy law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31: 31-33
  10. 10. Old Testament background 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36: 26-27
  11. 11. Old and New Covenant 2 Cor 3:12-18Old Covenant New CovenantMoses Paul (Apostles)Veiled (minds and hearts) Not veiledLaws (rules) Spirit (freedom)Fading radiance Permanent/ever-lastingHeart of stone Heart of flesh
  12. 12. Unveiling the Glory andgrowing deep in faith 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lords glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
  13. 13. Unveiling the Glory andgrowing deep in faithWhat is spiritual growth? Growing in Christ Spiritual development Discipleship Maturing in the faith Renovation of the soul Spiritual formation
  14. 14. Unveiling the Glory andgrowing deep in faithWhat is spiritual growth?
  15. 15. Unveiling the Glory andgrowing deep in faithWhat is spiritual growth?
  16. 16. ―The best artist has that thought aloneWhich is contained within the marble shell;The sculptors hand can only break the spellTo free the figures slumbering in the stone.‖ Michelangelo (1475-1564).
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  18. 18. 3:18 And we, who with unveiledfaces all reflect the Lords glory, arebeing transformed into his likeness with ever- increasing glory,which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
  19. 19. ―in the Christian life we are paradoxicallybecoming what we are…Christians strive from this identity, and not unto it.‖
  20. 20. Unveiling the Glory andgrowing deep in faith 2 components 3 dimensions 4 principles
  21. 21. Unveiling the Glory andgrowing deep in faith2 components of spiritual growth Holy Spirit Spiritual heart
  22. 22. 3 dimensions of spiritual growth Person-in formation (growing into Christlikeness)
  23. 23. 3 dimensions of spiritual growth Person-in formation (growing into Christlikeness) Persons-in-community formation (becoming a people of God)
  24. 24. 3 dimensions of spiritual growth Person-in formation (growing into Christlikeness) Persons-in-community formation (becoming a people of God) Persons-in-mission formation (becoming agents of God’s redemptive purposes)
  25. 25. 3 dimensions of spiritual growth
  26. 26. 4 principles of spiritual growth Listen to the Holy Spirit
  27. 27. Listening to the Holy Spirit (holy listening, holy seeing, wholly listening) Reading the bible Prayer Circumstances Listening to your emotions (inner prompting) Audible voice
  28. 28. 4 principles of spiritual growth Listen to the Holy Spirit Say no to self and Yes to God
  29. 29. 4 principles of spiritual growth Listen to the Holy Spirit Say no to self and Yes to God Journey with one another
  30. 30. 4 principles of spiritual growth Listen to the Holy Spirit Say no to self and Yes to God Journey with one another See where God is working and join Him there
  31. 31. Les Misérables, 1862 by Victor Hugo.
  32. 32. Bishop Myriel
  33. 33. 4 principles of spiritual growth Listen to the Holy Spirit Say no to self and Yes to God Journey with one another See where God is working and join Him there
  34. 34. Unveiling the Glory Growing deep in faith2 components • Holy Spirit • Spiritual heart3 dimensions • Growing into Christlikeness • Becoming a people of God • Becoming agents of God’s redemptive purposes4 principles • Listen to the Holy Spirit • Say no to self and yes to God • Journey with one another • See where God is working and join Him there
  35. 35. sermon transcript atwww.kairos2.com/unveiling.the.glory.htm Visit my website www.kairos2.com

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