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Managers of the New Deal

July 2, 2017 Pastor: Jim Swaney Series: We Have This Treasure, a Journey Through 2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians—We Have This Treasure…                                                        July 1/2, 2017

 “Managers of the New Deal” (New Agreement)

2 Corinthians 3


“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”     2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)


The “Letter” = the Old Covenant (Agreement); also known as the Law of Moses

The “Spirit”  = the New Covenant (Agreement); in which the believer is empowered by

                          the Holy Spirit


Comparison of the Old Covenant with the New Covenant:


Old Covenant                                               New Covenant

Brought death                                               Brought life

Brought condemnation                                Brought forgiveness & righteousness

Transitory (temporary)                               Everlasting (“that which lasts” vs. 11)


“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  2 Corinthians 3:17


The freedom God gives us in Christ, is not for indulging our sinful nature.  It sets us free to live as we ought to live (pleasing God), not as we want to live.


“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.”  2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)


  • Spend more time with Jesus in prayer and reading/studying His word,

              and the Lord’s Spirit will make you more & more like Him!


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