2 Corinthians 3
Talks for Growing Christians
The Old Covenant and the New Covenant Contrasted
2 Corinthians 3
Lesson Number 4
- The reality of changed lives is evidence of the truth.
- The glory of the New Covenant is evidence of the truth.
- Let’s experience the blessing of an unveiled face.
- What are the two sides of the truth of the gospel?
- How does Paul defend his ministry in this chapter?
- Was Paul defending his ministry in order to bring glory to himself?
- Why was it important for the Corinthians to understand that the New Covenant far surpasses the glory of the Old Covenant?
- Was their glory associated with the Old Covenant?
- There is the good news of forgiveness of sins and eternal life as a gift for those who receive Christ as Savior. But for those who reject Christ there is the sad news of eternal separation from God.
- He points to the conversion of the Corinthians themselves.
- No. All of his sufficiency and competence were found in Christ.
- The false teachers at Corinth were Judaizers, who were over-emphasizing the Law and mixing law with grace.
- Yes. After all, the Law was given to Moses by the Lord himself. But the glory associated with the Law was a fading glory- not the eternal glory of the gospel.
- Discuss how the reality of changed lives is evidence of the truth of the message we preach. Contrast this with the world’s self-help programs that are only surface deep.
- Discuss 2 Corinthians 3:14-16. How does this relate to Jewish people today? What happens when Jewish people do come to Christ?
- The Bible is the mirror where we behold the glory of the Lord. As we become more Christ-like, we not only reflect the glory of the Lord—we radiate it!
- “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” 2 Corinthians 3:2
- “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18