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Paradox

Feb 18, 2018 | Jeremy Piehler

Law & Love | Paradox Part 2 | Lehi Campus

PARADOX DEFINITION: Two truths that appear to contradict, but actually COMPLEMENT each other.

We want what’s NEW but we’re more comfortable with what’s OLD.

2 Corinthians 3:7-11 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

Exodus 34:29-35 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord […] 33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.

The Message of Moses

(Old Covenant)

The Message of Jesus

(New Covenant)

Temporary

Permanent

Death

Life

Condemnation

Righteousness

 

Galatians 3:24-25 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 24 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

TODAY’S PARADOX: God’s LAW condemns me. God’s LOVE frees me.

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

GOSPEL TRUTH: Religion VEILS God. The Gospel UNVEILS us.  

Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

PARADOX PEACE: Jesus was CONDEMNED so I can go free.  



Discussion Questions:

 

 

  • We want what’s NEW but we’re more comfortable with what’s OLD. In what areas of your life have you seen this paradox? In your opinion, how can this paradox impact our spiritual journey?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 3 aloud as a group. What’s one thing that stands out to you as incredible?

  • Look again at the theological paradox in the message. Growing up, did you hear more about God’s law or God’s love? Explain.

 

  • How could only believing one part of the paradox rob us of a thriving relationship with Jesus?

 

  • Read Romans 8:1-2. How does this help us understand the theological paradox in this message?

 

  • If the church in Corinth embraced Paul’s teaching in 2 Corinthians 3, what practical changes would this make in their church? If we embraced it what practical changes would show up in our lives?

 

 

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