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Spiritual Metamorphosis

In light of this hope that we have, we act with great confidence and speak with great courageWe do not act like Moses who covered his face with a veil so the children of Israel would not stare as the glory of God faded from his face.Their minds became as hard as stones; for up to this day when they read the old covenant, the same veil continues to hide that glory; this veil is lifted only through the Anointed One. Even today a veil covers their hearts when the words of Moses are read; but in the moment when one turns toward the Lord, the veil is removed. By “the Lord” what I meanis the Spirit, and in any heart where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is liberty. Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, just as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it (vv. 12-18, The Voice).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, God, moses, Spirit

Special Delivery

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 1-4, we are reminded that the gospel message has been delivered by angels, by miracles, and by the Spirit.

Categories: angels, Hebrews, miracle, Spirit

Romans 8:26-28

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit  himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good  of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Categories: Romans, Spirit, will of God

Mind of Christ

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The only way to know what Jesus wants is to listen to the Spirit (verses 13-16).

Spirit Wisdom

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 12-13, we see that the words of the Spirit are different than human wisdom.

Speak for Yourself

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

In verses 1-5, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he didn’t try to impress them with arguments.

Rather, he let Jesus’ message speak for itself through the Spirit.

Categories: 1 corinthians, paul, Spirit

Filled with the Spirit

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 17-20, Paul reminds us to be filled with the Spirit, not foolishness.

Categories: Ephesians, paul, Spirit

Recap of Galatians 5

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

You’re free.  But not free to sin.  So live out the fruit of the Spirit, not the acts of the sinful nature.

Living By the Spirit

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Jesus was crucified
  2. Some people choose to belong to Jesus
  3. These same people have “crucified” the sinful nature
  4. The sinful nature is made up of passions and desires
  5. Does this mean that all passions and desires are part of the sinful nature?
  6. That can’t be right
  7. Some passions and desires are godly
  8. People who have chosen to follow Jesus live by the Spirit
  9. Paul adds that these people should keep in step with the Spirit
  10. This means that a person can follow Jesus but still get out of step with the Spirit
  11. It requires constant effort and monitoring to stay in step with the Spirit
  12. Our natural tendency is to get out of step
  13. “Spiritual entropy” could be called a natural law of the soul
  14. Don’t become conceited
  15. It’s easy to get arrogant when doing the right thing
  16. Don’t provoke one another
  17. Don’t envy one another
  18. These are three more examples of how people follow Jesus but get out of step with the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Paul lists nine behaviors which indicate that a person is following the Spirit and not the sinful nature.

Categories: bible, Fruit, Galatians, paul, sin, Spirit
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