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Unveiled Faces (2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 John 1:1-10)

Darrell Hershberger, January 25, 2015
Part of the Reset 2015 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

We need to be transparent and walking in the light. Jesus’ strongest condemnation was for hypocrites.

Hiding things brings disease. Light is required for growth. Confession/prayer bring healing. Candor (speaking directly and truthfully) creates community while hypocrisy kills community.

There is real security in God’s love. When we believe the truth of God’s Word, His love and His care for me, then we become secure in Christ. When our security is in Christ, real transparency can happen.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another.” 1 John 1:7a

The light shines through us (transparency). The closer we are to Christ, the more secure we are in Him and the more we can be open and honest with our lives. We have nothing to hide.

Our worth is based on Christ’s love for us, not our performance.

2 Corinthians 3:18

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (ESV)

1 John 1

1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV)

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