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No middle ground, 2:15-16 Saved – perishing, 15 Death – life, 16 –Mt.7:13-14 –Mk.16:16 Law is medicine that gives life to a believer or death to an unbeliever.

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1 No middle ground, 2:15-16 Saved – perishing, 15 Death – life, 16 –Mt.7:13-14 –Mk.16:16 Law is medicine that gives life to a believer or death to an unbeliever (Rabbis) The Law is an aroma of life to the good, but an aroma of death to the evil (Rabbis)

2 Satan’s tools, 2:17 Peddling – trade in, i.e., make money out of huckster Issue is not pay, but motive (1 Co.9) Many made a living by skill at speech- making; not what they said, but how that pleased and impressed listeners Gospel demands obedience –Peddlers take far less, a lower price –2 Pt.2: Co.10:12, 15; 11:13-15

3 Paul’s Letter Of Commendation, 2 Co.3:3 Inward Spiritual Permanent Legible to all Written by Christ Not outward Not material Not perishable Not to a few Not man

4 2 Co.3:6 (Jer.31:31-34) Error: “Letter” = taking law too seriously. E.g.: baptism; Lord’s supper. This view is… *Inconsistent *Against context (6-8, 9) *Just plain wrong. Jn.3:7; 4:24; 1 Co.11 *Contrary to Paul’s practice. 2 Co.1:13 *Misapplication. Contrast NOT between  inner/outer meaning of verse, BUT  OT and NT “Letter” announces law, not forgiveness (9)

5 Old Testament New Testament Ministry of death, 7 Ministry of condem- nation, 9 Glorious, 7, 9 Passing away, 11 End; pass away, 13 Taken away, 14 Moses, 15 Ministry of Sp. 6,8 Ministry of life, 6 Ministry of righte- ousness, 9 More glory, 8-9,11 Remains, 11 Christ, 14 Lord, 16

6 2 Co.3:16 “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” 1. One: In Ex.34: Moses; here, individual Jews. Ac.8 2. Turns: Ac.3:19; 1 Th.1:9 3. To Lord: Moses is ‘past tense’ 4. Veil taken away: Ex.34:34, to imitate Moses, remove it.

7 Liberty, 2 Co.3:17 Freed from... –Bondage to Law, Ga.5:1 –Enslavement to sin, Ro.6:18-23; Jn.8 –Old nature, Ro.6:6; Ep.4:22

8 2 Co.3:18 We all: every believer Unveiled face: looks at Lord w/o veil, unlike Moses (covered face before Israel) Behold... and reflect: Jn.1:14; 2 Pt.1:16-17; Ac.4:13; 1 Pt.2:21 Transformed: Mt.17:2. Moses reflected God’s glory; our face reflects glory Image: 4:4; Ga.4:19; 2 Pt.1:4 Glory to glory: progress in spirituality


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