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Monday, May 11, 2009

Continue In God’s Grace - Joseph Prince 11 May 2009

2 Corinthians 3:6
… for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.


To the Jews, the feast of Pentecost is a celebration of the giving of God’s law. It takes place 50 days after the Passover feast. When God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, it was 50 days after they had celebrated their first Passover and come out of slavery in Egypt.

But what happened after God gave them the law on the first Pentecost? Three thousand people died! (Exodus 32:28) Contrast this with another Pentecost in the New Testament. In the book of Acts, it says that when Pentecost had fully come, God gave not the law but the Holy Spirit, and what happened? Three thousand people got saved (Acts 2:41), which goes to show that “the letter [the law] kills, but the Spirit gives life”!

The law, which was “written and engraved on stones”, ministered death. It killed 3,000 people. That is why the apostle Paul calls it “the ministry of death” and “the ministry of condemnation”. (2 Corinthians 3:7–9) On the other hand, the Spirit ministered life — 3,000 people got saved.

My friend, when you come under the law by trying to keep God’s commandments in order to be blessed, it will lead to death. There will be deadness in your marriage, ministry, health, career… in your life. But when you depend on the Spirit of grace, it will lead to life. You will see breakthroughs and miracles (Galatians 3:5), and manifest the fruit of the Spirit.

So if you want to be blessed, make sure that you are on the right mountain. You see, the law was given on Mount Sinai, but the Spirit on Mount Zion. That is why the Bible says that “you have not come to the mountain [Sinai] that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest… But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels”. (Hebrews 12:18, 22) The Lord blesses you out of Zion (Psalm 128:5), and not Sinai!

Beloved, by grace you have been saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Now, continue in the Spirit of grace. Remain on the right mountain and He will continue to supply miracles in your life!

1 comment:

lee said...

Christ came not to destroy the Law but to fufil (Matt 5:17). The death of about 3,000 men mentioned in Exodus 32:28 was due to their sin against God where they built a golden calf to worship instead of worshipping the Lord. In fact the Lord showed mercy to the people after Moses pleaded with Him not to destroy all the people despite their sin for God is a Jealous God (Exodus 43:14). The Law did not kill the people but the SIN of men did. Salvation will only come with the confession and repentance of our sins and accepting our Lord Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour. Our Lord Jesus Christ clearly emphasized the adherence to and the importance of the commandments (Matt. 19:16-18, and Matt. 22: 37-40). By the grace of God which is always sufficient, we can now seek obedience to the Law without condemnation.