A sermon based on 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6
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 prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing 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. 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. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Present Weakness and Resurrection Life
4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
What sorts of powers or influences are at work in your life? What are the greatest powers at work?
In 2 Cor 3:13 Paul says we are not like Moses. Based on the next verses, how are we not supposed to be like Moses? Are you like Moses or not?
In 2 Cor 4:2 Paul lists the result of being “transformed into [the Lord’s] image with ever increasing glory”. In your own words, what is it? Is that what you see in your own life or the lives of the people around you?
Pastors aren’t the only people who seek approval, acceptance, and recognition. How have you tried to gain approval, acceptance, and recognition?
2 Cor 4:4 Paul speaks of the god of this age. What were some of the gods of Paul’s age? What are some of the gods of this age? How do they blind us?
2 Cor 4:3-4 Since Satan has blinded people’s eyes to the truth, is there any hope for them? What strategies must we use to overcome spiritual blindness?
2 Cor 4:4 What is the gospel or what does it give?