There is Freedom


"For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." - 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul tries to help the believers in Corinth to grasp both his and their identity as followers of Jesus Christ. As in Romans 8, he reminds them that they are empowered by God's Spirit, the Spirit that dwells within them as individuals and as a body of believers. His beginning place is God's Spirit: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" (vs. 17). He weaves together the ancient language of covenant and of God's glory through the gift of the Spirit given in Jesus Christ.

Christ, like a mirror, reflects God's glory. Believers who look at God's glory in Jesus, experience transformation into the image of God, which recalls the Creation account in Genesis 1:27. Ongoing transformation marks the life of faith. Believers are works in progress, empowered by God's Spirit to become more Christ-like and more identified with the glory of God. Believers have received God's Spirit through Christ. Along with Paul, they are part of the new covenant of God's Spirit, who gives the gift of freedom. This freedom means that believers are empowered to live according to God's body, just and righteous ways.

What does it mean to you that God's Spirit lives within and among believers? and that believers are works in progress?

How do you understand the gift of freedom given by God's Spirit? How does this gift inspire or challenge you?.

Spirit of God, I ask You to help guide my ways and actions by Your grace and peace. Let every prayer and work of mine always begin from You and end in You. Amen.
May 18 2017