“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”
- The first sermon this morning, “Knowing God,” reminded us of our duty to seek His face personally.
- This second sermon, related to the first, reminds us of our duty to live in every way like His children.
- The former sermon and content is more important than this, as knowing God exceeds showing Him.
- It is impossible to properly reflect God without knowing Him intimately and well, so the other first.
- If you know Him, you want to be like Him. Since you know Him, you will be different from others.
- God forcibly impressed these two subjects on me in the middle of the night early on my vacation.
- Do not be distracted by details – grasp and remember … your goal is to live God-like, Christ-like, etc.
- There are three clauses – the introduction, the transitional command, and the final command.
- God has called us to be perfect, for He is perfect, and He expects us to be so (Matt 5:48; etc.).
- Do not be distracted about the term perfect, for you know already that it is limited in degree.
- Stay with the lesson, which is to perfectly reflect God in the world and glorify Him to others.
- As the children of God in this godless world, we are to represent our Creator and Savior well.
- II Corinthians 3:1-3 describes Christian saints as living epistles of Jesus Christ by the Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit had done the first and great work of writing spiritually in flesh hearts.
- Paul and his apostolic companions did their work by bringing the new man into activity.
- It is only by the great creative work of God in us that we are able to know God (II Cor 4:6).
- II Corinthians 3:18 offers the possibility of growing from glory to glory to be more like Him.
- The source of this transformation of a God-knowing man is the Spirit of God Himself.
- The instrumental means of this transformation is the glorious liberty of the N.T. gospel.
- See commentary on the chapter: https://letgodbetrue.com/sermons/index/year-2004/second-corinthians-3/.
Honoring the Name.
- We would dread to dishonor the name of an important person or someone we truly loved.
- Since we have taken His name, and chosen to delight in it, we must protect it (II Tim 2:19).
- Sin in the life of one knowing God brings blasphemy on His name (I Tim 6:1; II Sam 12:14).
As dear children.
- God gives an example to those who know Him that proves them His children (Matt 5:48), and it is by actions like this that provide the evidence or reflection of God’s character to men.
- And He calls upon those elected saints to follow their God as His dear children (Eph 5:1).
- It is by working out the goodness He worked in that we act like His children (Phil 2:12-16).
To know Him is to glorify Him.
- If you truly know God, then you will want to glorify Him by your actions before the world.
- We are to be shining lights in this dark world to the glory of the God we love (Matt 5:16).
- Our lives before unbelievers are to speak credibly and powerfully on His behalf (I Pet 2:12).
Paul’s desire and commitment.
- Under afflictions and trials, Paul had one constant ambition to magnify Christ (Phil 1:18-20).
- Even by his death? Yes, even by his death to reflect Christ! And Stephen did it (Ac 7:59-60)!
- His foundational basis to pursue God, experimentally, is a glorious example (Phil 3:8-14).
God saved you to conform you.
- God predestinated you to be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom 8:29) – get started!
- God quickened you, which is quite a transformation, for His ordained good works (Ep 2:10).
- If you are in Christ, knowing God and walking before Him, you will change (II Cor 5:17).
- You will demonstrate to all the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
- There is a great creative work coming to conform you much more (I Cor 15:49; Phil 3:21).
Whatever you do.
- Matters of liberty or conscience are ruled for God’s glory (Ro 14:5-10; I Co 8:1-9; 10:23-33).
- You are not your own, and you must live in such a way as to glorify God (I Cor 6:12-20).
- We do not add or take away from Him, but we glorify or shame Him before men (Jb 35:1-8).
- Do men perceive you know God, walk before Him, and are perfect … as Peter and John (Acts 4:13)?
- The only Bible will some will ever read is your life before the world … is it an accurate translation?
- The fullest character of God some will ever observe is your life … how well do they know Him?
- Will you … can you … remember for each thought, each word, and each action to reflect your God?
For Further Study:
- Sermon Outline: Becoming Doctrine
- Sermon Outline: Living Epistles
- Sermon Outline: Exposition of II Cor 3
- Sermon Outline: Actions Speak Louder
- Sermon Outline: A Good Name
- Sermon Outline: Your Body Is the Lord’s
- Sermon Outline: Light of the World… taken from the outlines of the Sermon on the Mount, not in e-format.