Daily Archives: November 7, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 3:7-15
7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.
Boldness | Rebecca Hoyt
2 Corinthians 3:12
Paul used this section to make an important and excellent comparison between the old covenant and the new covenant. He explained why the new covenant is superior and glorious.
My version of verse 12 says: “Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech.” My Bible notes say: “boldness (openness and frankness of speech, freedom to speak without reservation) conveys a sense of confidence. Paul proclaimed and taught the gospel “with all the confidence ” (Acts 28:31), and the “boldness” of the apostles. Peter and John drew attention to their having “been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Such courage to speak openly about Christ comes from the Spirit.” Our serman today at church was about boldness. Then I read my verses for today, and it’s about boldness. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me that has to do with boldness.
Dear Father, there are so many ways You speak to us, to get Your point across. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that boldness came up twice for me today; I pray You show me how You want to use this in my life.
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