A. When you compare what was of old and what is of new, there really is not a comparison (II Corinthians 3:5-11).
- The Old Law could not save (Acts 13:38-39 and Galatians 2:16-17).
- Additionally, the Old Law kept a fear of death that is relieved in Christ (Hebrews 2:14-18).
- It was not that the Holy Spirit didn’t work through the Old Law as the revealer, for He did (II Peter 1:20-21).
- The difference is spiritual vs. carnal (Romans 7:1-6; 8:1-3).
II. Body: II Corinthians 3:12-16
A. Plain speech because the Gospel is a message of salvation, of hope (Colossians 1:5-6).
- The Old Law did not bring the message of hope we have now (Hebrews 7:19).
- We live under the better covenant (Hebrews 8:1-6).
- Even regarding the faithful of old (Hebrews 11:1-39), we now have that which is better (Hebrews 11:40).
- The figure however is that Moses did not reveal what was to come. We know that because it was a mystery until the first century (Romans 16:25-26 and I Peter 1:3-12).
- That which was, and is now abolished, simply stood as a shadow of things to come (Colossians 2:12-17).
- Even among the disciples there was a problem (Mark 16:12-14 and Luke 24:24-27).
- So, the problem of old continued even when the Gospel was preached plainly (Acts 28:17-29).
- The heart has always been significant in the hearing and obeying of God’s word (Deuteronomy 6:5-6, Deuteronomy 11:18, Deuteronomy 30:14, Deuteronomy 32:46, Proverbs 4:4, Luke 8:15, Acts 8:37, and Romans 6:17).
- Let’s not ever be foolish like the erring of old (Jeremiah 5:21).
III. Conclusion: The solution is found when one decides to turn to God (Lamentations 3:40) because of what that process entails (Psalms 119:2 and Jeremiah 29:13).
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