Summary: Compare and contrast Law and Grace
THE GLORY OF THE GOSPEL
Text: 2 Corinthians 3:6-11
Intro: Paul is showing the superiority of the new covenant over the old covenant.
Many people refuse to be used by God because they think of
themselves as "not ready." But in a sense, we are never ready or worthy.
If we were, the sufficiency would be in ourselves, not from God.
Romans 7:5,6 (GW) While we were living under the influence
of our corrupt nature, sinful passions were at work throughout
our bodies. Stirred up by Moses’ laws, our sinful passions did
things that result in death. But now we have died to those laws
that bound us. God has broken their effect on us so that we are
serving in a new spiritual way, not in an old way dictated by written words.
The Spirit is given to us as the law written on our hearts.
He is in us to guide us and be our "law."
It isn’t that the Holy Spirit replaces the written law,
but completes and fulfills the work of the written law in our hearts.
The Spirit gives life, and with this spiritual life we can live the law of God.
The Spirit makes us alive to the letter, fulfilling and completing the work
of the the letter in us.
Illustration: Sometime back the Associated Press carried this dispatch: "Glasgow, Ky.--Leslie Puckett, after struggling to start his car, lifted the hood and discovered that someone had stolen the motor." Trying to start anything without the Spirit of God is an exercise in futility. We are reliant on the Holy Spirit for the power to start up each new day, each new project and each new relationship.
Theme: Ministers of the new covenant: The idea of a new covenant was prophesied
in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31:31)
and put into practice by Jesus (Luke 22:19-20).
Romans 11:22, "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: ..."
THE CHARACTER OF
OF THE GOSPEL.
6. Inviting. (W. W. Wythe.)
THE EXCELLENT GLORY
THE MOSAIC DISPENSATION.
DEFINITION OF LEGALISM
Michael Brown in his book, "Go And Sin No More" tells the story about two
farmers who had a talk about Christianity.
One of the farmers was a Christian and he was asked by the other one,
"Well, what does it mean to be a Christian?"
The man replied, "I don’t drink, smoke or run around with women."
The other farmer then said, "Well, my mule must be a Christian because my mule
doesn’t drink, smoke, or run around with women."
That’s how it makes Christianity sound to many a sinner.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Religion says, "Legalism is the preference of
legal norms and rules above moral and spiritual values."
Pastor Richard Dresselhaus says, "It is the persuasion that acceptance with God is
predicated on man’s ability to keep the laws of God, so that salvation is earned, deserved, and merited.
I. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LAW
II. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE GOSPEL
III. THE SUPERIOR GLORY OF THE GOSPEL ABOVE THAT OF THE LAW
I. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LAW
A. “The ministration of condemnation.”
B. “The ministration of death.” Its sentence is a death sentence. “The soul