Reflecting God’s Glory<br />2 Corinthians 3:7-18<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
Some Picture-Words Used by Paul in 2 Corinthians to Portray Christians<br />A triumphal procession in Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14 ...
A triumphal procession in Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />But, thanks be to God who always give...
The Fragrance of Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14-16<br />14 But, thanks be to God who always gives us in Christ a part in his triumpha...
A Letter from Christ, 2 Cor. 3:1-3<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
Ministers of a new covenant, 2 Cor. 3:6<br />He has given us the  competence to be ministers of a new covenant, a covenant...
Mirror of God’s glory, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />And all of us, with our unveiled faces like mirrors reflecting the glory of God, a...
The Glory of God<br />The word “glory” includes splendor, beauty, magnificence, radiance and rapture.<br />In the Bible, t...
Moses and the Glory of God<br />Exodus 34:28-35<br />Moses reflected the glory of God because he spent time with God, comm...
Reflection?<br />Are you spending time with God?<br />Are you communing with Him as friend to friend?<br />Are you practic...
Mirror of God’s glory, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />And all of us, with our unveiled faces like mirrors reflecting the glory of God, a...
Paul and the Glory of God, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />We are called to be like mirrors reflecting the glory of God. <br />We have no...
Paul and the Glory of God, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />We are called to be transformed into the image we reflect in brighter and brig...
Paul and the Glory of God, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />This transformation to be more and more like Christ is the work of the Holy Sp...
A Prayer for Everyday- Let the Beauty of Jesus -<br />Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me<br />All His wondrous compassi...
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Reflecting God's Glory 2 Cor.3.18

  1. 1. Reflecting God’s Glory<br />2 Corinthians 3:7-18<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  2. 2. Some Picture-Words Used by Paul in 2 Corinthians to Portray Christians<br />A triumphal procession in Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14 <br />The fragrance (aroma) of Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14-16<br />A letter from Christ, 2 Cor. 3:1-3<br />Ministers of a new covenant, 2 Cor. 3:6<br />Mirrors of God’s glory, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  3. 3. A triumphal procession in Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />But, thanks be to God who always gives us in Christ a part in his triumphal procession, and though us is spreading everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of himself.<br />
  4. 4. The Fragrance of Christ, 2 Cor. 2:14-16<br />14 But, thanks be to God who always gives us in Christ a part in his triumphal procession, and through us is spreading everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of himself.<br />15 To God we are the fragrance of Christ, both among those who are being saved and among those who are on the way to destruction;<br />16 for these last, the smell of death leading to death, but for the first, the smell of life leading to life. Who is equal to such a task?<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  5. 5. A Letter from Christ, 2 Cor. 3:1-3<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  6. 6. Ministers of a new covenant, 2 Cor. 3:6<br />He has given us the competence to be ministers of a new covenant, a covenant which is not of written letters, but of the Spirit; for the written letters kill, but the Spirit gives life.<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  7. 7. Mirror of God’s glory, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />And all of us, with our unveiled faces like mirrors reflecting the glory of God, are being transformed into the image that we reflect in brighter and brighter glory; this is the working of the Lord who is the Spirit.<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  8. 8. The Glory of God<br />The word “glory” includes splendor, beauty, magnificence, radiance and rapture.<br />In the Bible, the word ‘glory’ is primarily ascribed to God and places of His presence, including places of worship and heaven.<br />The glory (shekinah) of God is an image of His greatness and transcendence.<br />Confrontation with the glory of God combines awe and terror, and it simultaneously invites approach and distance. <br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />Source: Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, IVP, 1998<br />
  9. 9. Moses and the Glory of God<br />Exodus 34:28-35<br />Moses reflected the glory of God because he spent time with God, communing as friend to friend.<br />Paul also speaks of the fading glory to illustrate the fading of the old covenant (of letters, stone, death).<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  10. 10. Reflection?<br />Are you spending time with God?<br />Are you communing with Him as friend to friend?<br />Are you practicing the spiritual disciplines?<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  11. 11. Mirror of God’s glory, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />And all of us, with our unveiled faces like mirrors reflecting the glory of God, are being transformed into the image that we reflect in brighter and brighter glory; this is the working of the Lord who is the Spirit.<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  12. 12. Paul and the Glory of God, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />We are called to be like mirrors reflecting the glory of God. <br />We have no light of our own. Our LIGHT source is Christ. E.g. the moon is seen only because of the reflected light from the sun.<br />“Our unveiled faces = our lives exposed to the waiting and watching world” <br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  13. 13. Paul and the Glory of God, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />We are called to be transformed into the image we reflect in brighter and brighter glory.<br />The image we reflect is Christ.<br />We are called to be more and more like Christ so as to reflect Him with fidelity.<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  14. 14. Paul and the Glory of God, 2 Cor. 3:18<br />This transformation to be more and more like Christ is the work of the Holy Spirit.<br />We have a part to play e.g. practicing the spiritual disciplines but we cannot do it alone.<br />We need to yield to forming, reforming, transforming work of the Spirit in us.<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />
  15. 15. A Prayer for Everyday- Let the Beauty of Jesus -<br />Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me<br />All His wondrous compassion and purity<br />O Thou Spirit divine<br />All my nature refine<br />Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.<br />Dr. Samuel Ong/WHope/31.7.11<br />

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