Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday – 2nd Corinthians 3 - The Beauty of Freedom



OULD anyone be any freer than God is? He, with all His magnificently divine characteristics, is free to do anything. Nobody has authority over Him. No one can threaten Him or hold Him back. He is beautifully free. The most marvelous thing about His freedom is that its perfection is found in His holiness and love. If God were neither holy nor loving, I'm not sure we could find anything good to say about His eternal authority and freedom. But God is sovereign, holy, and loving. Hallelujah! In holy love and with noble generosity, God gave what we might call a miniature version of His freedom to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam promptly squandered it by voluntarily subjugating himself and the rest of our race to Satan's oppression. He blew it in exchange for a piece of fruit. God has been a few thousand years in restoring the original freedom that He intended us to have. It requires purity and a purpose much higher than that of our own self-gratification. The success of His plan is found in the person of Christ.


In this chapter we have Paul's thoughts (albeit, given to him by God) concerning the two testaments. The Old Testament is represented here by the 10 Commandments, and their engraving on the stone tables of Moses’ fame (vs. 7). The New Testament is demonstrated by the new life of liberty that we have in Christ (vs. 3). Just as Adam accepted Satan's claim and chose to forsake God, we have accepted God's invitation and by His grace have freely chosen to accept His invitation to come back to Him.

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