Jesus was and is dangerous to religion! He provided a safe haven, a home for the weary that had been beaten down by the religious leaders and the other malcontents that were trying to tell people they had to be on a hamster wheel of a hell based religion for now in order to have any hope of Heaven later! It was totally about works for them and Jesus came to provide an Abundant Life Here and Now – a safe refuge from hell raisers of religious performance! So what about you?
Are you a spiritual transient?
If you were given a choice between condemnation and righteousness which would choose?
If I offered you the gift of death would you unwrap it?
“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, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!” – 2 Corinthians 3:7-11
Is it possible that one thing that turns so many people off to the church and therefore Christianity is the ministry those churches offer?
Could it be that what they offer is not at all the gift Jesus brought?
In this passage is there a difference between the “ministry that brought death” and “the ministry that brings righteousness!?“
There are two distinct ministries here and one comes with temporary glory or transitory glory but the other comes with “lasting glory.” One comes with condemnation and the other “brings righteousness.”
If you still are not sure about which to choose maybe this will help you out. One came from Moses the other came through Jesus because He loved you so much. Here is another hint to help you one comes from your effort the other from His Amazing Grace and it cant be earned.
One is the law and the other is grace and while the law has a “transitory glory,” to coin an old phrase you aint seen nothing yet!
The Love and the glory that comes from Jesus and the freedom that comes from Grace is what makes Christianity different and it is also what so few churches and christians are telling others.
The law is on stone and stone can be seen and stone is more comfortable than the invisible concept that you are no longer condemned once you have accepted Christ. People want some check list some morality boxes they can check to say they are more holy than the other person. The problem with that is in a word- CHRIST!
He came to set up a new system and to give you life and life MORE ABUNDANT than anything you could ever imagine. He came to say “LOVE GOD AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.!.”
Nothing else matters ONLY LOVE!!