No middle ground, 2:15-16

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No middle ground, 2:15-16. Saved – perishing , 15 Death – life , 16 Mt.7:13-14 Mk.16:16 Law is medicine that gives life to a believer or death to an unbeliever (Rabbis) The Law is an aroma of life to the good, but an aroma of death to the evil (Rabbis). Satan’s tools, 2:17.
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No middle ground, 2:15-16
  • Saved – perishing, 15
  • Death – life, 16
  • Mt.7:13-14
  • Mk.16:16
  • Law is medicine that gives life to a believer or death to an unbeliever(Rabbis)
  • The Law is an aroma of life to the good, but an aroma of death to the evil (Rabbis)
  • Satan’s tools, 2:17
  • Peddling – trade in, i.e., make money out of huckster
  • Issue is not pay, but motive (1 Co.9)
  • Many made a living by skill at speech-making; not whatthey said, but howthat pleased and impressed listeners
  • Gospel demands obedience
  • Peddlerstake far less, a lower price
  • 2 Pt.2:1-3. 2 Co.10:12, 15; 11:13-15
  • InwardSpiritualPermanentLegible to allWritten by ChristNot outwardNot materialNot perishableNot to a fewNot manPaul’s Letter Of Commendation, 2 Co.3:32 Co.3:6 (Jer.31:31-34)Error: “Letter”= taking law too seriously. E.g.: baptism; Lord’s supper. This view is… *Inconsistent *Against context (6-8, 9) *Just plain wrong. Jn.3:7; 4:24; 1 Co.11 *Contrary to Paul’s practice. 2 Co.1:13 *Misapplication. Contrast NOT between
  • inner/outer meaning of verse, BUT
  • OT and NT
  • “Letter” announces law, notforgiveness (9)Old Testament New TestamentMinistry of death, 7Ministry of condem-nation, 9Glorious, 7,9Passing away, 11End; pass away, 13Taken away, 14Moses, 15Ministry of Sp.6,8Ministry of life, 6Ministry of righte-ousness, 9More glory, 8-9,11Remains, 11Christ, 14Lord, 162 Co.3:16“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” 1. One: In Ex.34: Moses; here, individual Jews. Ac.8 2. Turns: Ac.3:19; 1 Th.1:9 3. To Lord:Moses is ‘past tense’ 4. Veil taken away: Ex.34:34, to imitate Moses, remove it.Liberty, 2 Co.3:17
  • Freed from . . .
  • Bondage to Law, Ga.5:1
  • Enslavement to sin, Ro.6:18-23; Jn.8
  • Old nature, Ro.6:6; Ep.4:22
  • 2 Co.3:18
  • We all: every believer
  • Unveiled face: looks at Lord w/o veil, unlike Moses (covered face before Israel)
  • Behold ... and reflect: Jn.1:14; 2 Pt.1:16-17; Ac.4:13; 1 Pt.2:21
  • Transformed: Mt.17:2. Moses reflected God’s glory; our face reflects glory
  • Image: 4:4; Ga.4:19; 2 Pt.1:4
  • Glory to glory: progress in spirituality
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