II Corinthians 3:12
” Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech”
In Second Corinthians, chapter three, the Apostle Paul is writing about the Gospel that had been committed to him by revelation, even the message of the Mystery (Eph. 3:3) which the Holy Spirit had used to save these Corinthians to whom he was now writing this letter.
The message of Christ’s substitutionary death for the payment of the debt of sin is compared with the Law of Moses, in verses six through eighteen. Paul speaks of the Law of Moses as having a glory, but that glory of the Law was not as great as the glory of the message he had received from the risen, glorified, Lord Who is now in heaven.
In the first part of this third chapter, Paul said that he didn’t need anyone to commend him to these saints at Corinth. Their salvation was proof that he was God’s Apostle and the message he preached was God’s message to a world separated from their Creator by sin.
At the time of this letter, Paul was receiving a great deal of opposition as to his Apostleship— both from the unbelieving Jews and from some members of the church in Corinth. It was in answer to this opposition to his Apostleship that Paul says (II Cor. 3:12) that when he saw the power of the Gospel of the Grace of God changing lives, as was evident from the fact that these Corinthians to whom he was writing had experienced a change in their lives, he was encouraged in the hope that this same message of the Mystery would change the lives of others. Therefore, he would be bold in preaching the message of Christ’s substitutionary death for the forgiveness of sin.
Knowing that we, too, have been saved simply by believing the message of the Grace of God, we should boldly preach the gospel of the Grace of God in the hope that this same message will be used of the Holy Spirit to save others and change their lives, as it did ours.
THOUGHT TO THINK ON