HOPE THAT GIVES BOLDNESS OR UNLIKE MOSES
II Corinthians 3:13-18
February 23, 2003
INTRODUCTION: Paul had a special love for Israel and
a burden to see his people saved.
Romans 9:1-3, "I tell the truth in Christ, I am not
lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the
Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual
grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself
were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my
countrymen according to the flesh."
Why were the Jewish people rejecting their Christ? As
the missionary to the Gentiles, Paul was seeing many
Gentiles trust the Lord, but the Jews, his own people,
were rejecting the truth and persecuting Paul and the
The reason? There is a "spiritual veil" over their
minds and hearts. Their "spiritual eyes" are blinded,
so that as they read the Old Testament Scriptures,
they do not see the truth about their own Messiah.
Even though the Scriptures were read systematically in
the synagogues, the Jewish people did not grasp the
spiritual message God had given to them. They were
blinded by their own religion.
I. THE PURPOSE AND PERVERTING OF THE OLD COVENANT.
A. PURPOSE: SEE THE FADING OF THE GLORY OF THE OLD
"unlike Moses...could not look steadfastly at the end
of what was passing away."
The veil over Moses' face prevented the people from
seeing the finish (end) or purpose of the Old Covenant
as the glory faded away.
Paul poses the question in Gal. 3:19
Galatians 3:19-23, "What purpose then does the law
serve? It was added because of transgressions, till
the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and
it was appointed through angels by the hand of a
mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one
only, but God is one. Is the law then against the
promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been
a law given which could have given life, truly
righteousness would hav ...
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