Where the Spirit is present

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3.17

The Jews did not accept Jesus. They still adhered to the Old Testament. There were men teaching that to be a Christian, you had to obey the old law as well.

Paul wrote comparing the two covenants. The old covenant was glorious. Moses covered his face, which shone, with a veil after coming from God’s presence. The old law, even though glorious, produced death, 3.7.

The new covenant under Christ is even more glorious because it produces righteousness, 3.9. God, Jesus and the Spirit are one. Where one is present, they are all present. When a person obeys Jesus, they receive the gift of the Spirit, Acts 2.38. That person also receives the presence of God and Jesus in their life, John 14.23.

At the same time that someone receives the Spirit, the Bible teaches that they are set free from the old law, Romans 8.1-2. You are set free from fear, 2 Timothy 1.7. You are set free from sin, Romans 6.18. You can proclaim with boldness the salvation that God has given to man.

Have you obeyed the Lord? Have you been set free?

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