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BibleReadthrough – 2nd Corinthians 21st August, 2006

Posted by Scotty in Bible.
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Bible - 2nd CorinthiansThe 3 things to jump out at me most were:

  1. 2 Cor 3:18
    “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

    This is a verse that always captured my intention. Those people who are in passionate pursuit of God relect his glory to the world. Chris Tomlin once answered a question by describing himself like the moon… raised up to reflect God’s glory to the Earth.

    This goes a little bit further. We are called to temporarily reflect God’s glory while being transformed into the likeness of Christ, where we resemble his glory rather than just reflecting it. I pray that I will be a person who lives in such a way that God is always seen to be the amazing God that he is.

  2. 2 Cor 5:13 (& 1 Cor 4:10)
    Both of these versus pose the image of us looking foolish for the sake of Christ. So often when God presents us with a challenge in serving him a thought crops up in our mind… “but people will think i’m stupid if I do that” or “what if I do it and then i turn out to be wrong”?

    We are called to a radical kind of faith. A faith that involves being willing to look like a fool in order to exhalt God. This doesn’t mean acting like an idiot, and doing stupid things that God doesn’t want or like… but merely putting Him first in our lives so that serving Him is more appealing to us that our self-image. Are you willing to serve Him even if it costs you your reputation?

    Noah build a massive boat in the middle of the desert, and pretty much got the rip taken out of him for it. Gideon cut his army down to 300 men to face an army of hundreds of thousands… to the shock of the people around him. Or even the disciples who after fishing all day and catching nothing tossed their nets out the other side as Jesus suggested.

    I pray that I will be a person who puts God’s will first. Who is ready to step out in faith, and who’s life will demonstrate God’s greatness to the people around me.

  3. 2 Cor 7:13
    Paul is reflecting on the way Titus was refreshed by the people in Corinth. I sat thinking, I want to be the sort of person who refreshes the souls of God’s people. A person who can uplift a disciple by speaking God’s words to them. A person who’s passion inspires the people around him. A person who is in tune with God’s heart for the people around them.
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