2 Corinthians 3:7-11
In class last week, we reviewed the previous section and talked about what it meant to influence other spiritually. We got into a great discussion on what it means to be saved and on who God uses to speak for Him and affect others. Bono came up and we talked quite a bit about how we can give off the aroma of Christ. We then moved into our next passage at the end of class.
We want to continually live from the basis of the New Covenant. The New Covenant, which is the covenant of grace that was ushered in through Christ is far more glorious than the Old Covenant, which came with Moses. I have continue reading through the Bible in a year and it was really cool to read the Exodus account and the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai, and then come to this in our class.
Here are some scripture passages on both the old and new covenants to meditate on this week:
- Exodus 19:1-19
- Exodus 20:1-21
- 1 Corinthinans 15:56
It is so important that we go back to the Law to learn the character of God and to meditate on what He wants from us. However, we must always keep in mind that our righteousness comes from faith in Christ (Phil. 3:7-11). That is what makes the New Covenant greater. Meditate on the 10 Commandments in Ex. 20:1-21 and ask the Lord to show you where you have fallen short. Then look to Jesus in faith and ask Him to live through you. He is your righteousness before God, but He also lives through us to change our behavior so that His life is reflected in ours. God still requires holiness – He just gives us the means to live it out in Him and He also forgives us completely. Some passages on the new covenant:
- Jeremiah 31:31-34
- Ezekiel 36:24-27
- Hebrews 12:18-29
Read and reflect over these passage this week and let them speak to you about what God has done for you and how He has changed your heart.