In this post, I’m continuing to talk about Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church. He’s addressing the issue of trying to live for Christ by turning the Gospel into a set of rules.
In the church, we’ve come up with all kinds of excuses as to why we lack the power of God. The one that I’ve been posting about is the notion that until we walk in righteousness, we’ll never experience the move of the Spirit.
This is exactly how the Pharisees viewed the world. Unfortunately, many of us are walking in the same amount of power they walked in – NONE.
There was a group of former Pharisees who were trying to lead Christians to follow the Law of Moses “if they were truly saved”. Paul was vehement in his opposition to this movement. Let’s continue in Second Corinthians, chapter 3, and look at the revelation that he received concerning this teaching.
We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
2 Corinthians 3:13-14
Here Paul is referring to when Moses came down from the mountain where God delivered the law to him. The Bible says that Moses’ face shown so brightly with the glory of God that it looked like the sun. People had to shield their eyes from it.
So that he could be among the people, Moses put a veil, or a cloth, over his face to shield them from the light. But something else happened. As Moses was with the people, the glory of God started to fade and grow dim.
At one point, even though the glory was dim enough for people to see without hurting their eyes, Moses left the veil on. Paul said it was so the people would not see the glory of God fading. In other words, Moses put on a veil so that the Israelites would not see his spiritual batteries draining.
Moses was a man who walked in great power. He called down plagues upon Egypt. He commanded the Red Sea to part. He obtained water from the rock. The list of miracles God performed through his hand goes on and on. Yet, all of Moses’ power was derived through the law.
On more than one occasion he blew it. He even missed out on entering the Promised Land because of one of his failings. As great as his power was, it was only a battery pack compared to what the Holy Spirit offers us today. What surprises me is that many of us try to use the same lesser power that Moses used.
We have a better covenant than Moses had. In my next post, I’ll show how trying to live like Moses will actually rob us of spiritual strength.
Question: Why is it popular to think that we can adequately serve God in our own strength?
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