“There Is Liberty” ( 2 Corinthians 3: 17, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Because “we all reflect as in a mirror the splendour of the Lord; thus we are transfigured into His likeness, from splendour to splendour; such is the influence of the Lord who is Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) Yet, “we are no better than pots of earthenware to contain the treasure, and this proves that such transcendent power does not come from us, but is God’s alone.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) “We cannot claim anything as our own. The qualification we have comes from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:6) Only “[His] Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6)

Not only this, but “wherever we go we carry death with us in our body, the death that Jesus died, that in this body also life may reveal itself, the life that Jesus lives.” (2 Corinthians 4:10)

“No wonder we do not lose heart! Though our outward humanity is in decay, yet day by day we are inwardly renewed.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) “Our eyes are fixed, not on the things that are seen, but on the things that are unseen: for what is seen passes away; what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) “We possess a building which God provides — a house not made by human hands, eternal, and in heaven.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-2)

And so, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

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