2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 3 has Paul talking about their calling card as Apostles.  It is the people they have ministered to.  “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all”.  If you want a proof point that no one can deny, it is the life of a changed person who is a Christ Follower.  Paul makes it clear that the church in Corinth didn’t need to take their word for anything, but merely look at the impact of a changed life.  That is the most effective testimony in the world.

When we follow Jesus, “you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of  human hearts”.  Jesus changes lives.  And when He does through a relationship with a sinner, the proof is a changed heart and the Holy Spirit coming to live within an individual.  Man doesn’t make that change.  God does.  There is nothing we can lay claim to about salvation.  It is a gift from God through Christ alone.  “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God”.  God alone is sufficient.

The other thing that happens at salvation, along with a changed life and heart is that we actually gain freedom.  People sometimes confuse salvation as a limiting thing because they focus on what we need to give up in order to experience Christ fully.  It’s true that sin needs to be put aside, that our old nature needs to be disconnected, and that we need to live in our new nature in Jesus.  But that isn’t limiting.  It is very freeing.  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”.  Jesus sets us free from the power of sin and offers us new life filled with freedom and joy!

He enters our life as a change agent.  “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another”.  God’s intent for us as Christ Followers is to become like Him.  We are to put on righteousness and holiness and godliness and walk in obedience.  It’s about transformation, not merely a little tweaking.  God comes into our life through Christ to take the driver’s seat.  He isn’t co-pilot, we are.  At least we should be.  He alone sees the complete road map.  We see only a short distance, but He has the complete picture.

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