Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Glory of God in the Freedom of the Spirit

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

Excerpt from “The Glory of God in the Holy Spirit: Imparter of Grace” – 2011-02-06
The “freedom” we receive from “the Spirit of the Lord” is fully knowing that we can do nothing to gain God’s favour or earn God’s acceptance or fulfill God’s law except to fully surrender our hearts and our lives to Jesus Christ. The “freedom” we receive from “the Spirit of the Lord” is accepting the truth that because of our sinful nature - anything and everything we are or we do and we have that is of any value and of any worth comes to us only by the grace of God because we are not “sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” The “freedom” we receive from “the Spirit of the Lord” is embracing the joyful reality that the Holy Spirit lives within us - and as we surrender our hearts and lives to Jesus, and in humbly acknowledging the depravity of our sinful nature, and affirmed our absolute and total need for God’s grace – the veil begins to lift.