Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. – 2Cor. 3:17 NIV
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Today’s devotion is a continuation of the devotion titled “Create Spiritual Impact”, with the Apostle Paul reacting to the negative reaction and comments he received about himself and his calling, from some members in Corinth. He made it clear that he does not need any letter of recommendation from anyone since his spiritual impact on the church in Corinth was enough evidence of his call as a Minister of the New Covenant.
Dwelling further on the low value or possible death that letters represent, he used the case of the letters engraved by the hand of God on tablets made of stone (Ex. 34:1) as an illustration stating that these letters which became the constituent units of the laws, that eventually brought sin and death (Rom. 5:12-14), were descended with so much glory that the people could not look at the face of Moses and Moses had to cover his face – Ex. 34:29-35. He argued that if this ministry of Moses with its fading glory, that brought death could be seen as glorious, how much more will the ministry of the New Covenant, which he represents, and which confers righteousness bring greater glory – 2Cor. 3:7-11. He goes further to state that the restriction that those letters brought into the life of the people still remains, as the old testament is still being read with a veil-like covering over their thoughts (2Cor. 3:13-16), thus creating a barrier between them and God, unlike the freedom and boldness that comes with turning to Jesus Christ 2Cor. 3:12. He concluded his argument in this regard with the scripture for today’s devotion.
The scripture makes the following assertions;
1. The Lord is Spirit – 2Cor. 3:17a. The disciple John recorded Jesus as confirming this during his conversation with the Samaritan woman by the well. He had on that occasion told her that God is Spirit and so all those who worship Him must worship in spirit – Jn. 4:24. Freedom starts from realising and operating in this fact.
2. Freedom is an indication of the presence of the Spirit of God – 2Cor. 3:17b. Whoever has the spirit of God cannot be in bondage. To be free means to have the right or power to express oneself freely and not feel enslaved or imprisoned physically or spiritually. In a spiritual context, it will imply the absence of any restriction in the expression of one’s spiritual desires or capabilities.
3. Those who are able to look at Lord without the veil will gradually reflect his glory– 2Cor. 3:18a. Moses reflected the glory of God by spending time with the Him, even though it turned out to be fading glory as it was not a continuous exercise by him. Anyone who successfully operates in the New Covenant will have been able to see God directly because in Christ, no such veil is in existence. If anything the larger veil separating the people from Holy of holies was split into two with the death and ressurection of Jesus Christ – Matt. 27:51
4. Such people will be transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory – 2Cor. 3:18b. The more one dwells in this New Covenant, the more one gets to look like Him which will imply one transiting from glory to glory.
Are you feeling bound? Do you have a feeling of being restricted in expressing your intention to worship the Lord? Do you have a feeling of being held back from taking progressive steps in life? If the answer to all the above and similar situations is yes, then you will need to confirm the spirit that is in operation in you or in your environment because it is likely not to be that of the Almighty God. You will either need deliverance if it is about you or need sanctification if it is about your environment or probably need to re-locate where you do not have control of the events in your environment. It is simply impossible to be in bondage when the spirit of God is in operation. Aim for freedom, feel free and be free. May the Almighty God release His Spirit that brings freedom into our lives and environment in Jesus name. Amen.