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17 Now, the “Lord” I’m referring to is the Holy Spirit,[a] and wherever he is Lord, there is freedom.

18 We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus.[b] We are being transfigured[c] into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another.[d] And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.[e]

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  1. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Paul is teaching us that not every time the word Lord appears does it mean Jesus Christ. Here we see that “the Lord” refers to the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is ruling, speaking, convincing us of truth, there is freedom. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Lord of the harvest who prepares the workers and the harvest fields, sending them out into specific places for the reaping of souls. See Matt. 9:38.
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Or “We all, with unveiled faces, behold the glory of the Lord as in a mirror.”
  3. 2 Corinthians 3:18 The Greek verb metamorphoō is the same word used for Jesus’ being transfigured on the mountain (Matt. 17:2; Mark 9:2) and for our transfiguration through the renewing of the thoughts of our minds (Rom. 12:2).
  4. 2 Corinthians 3:18 The source of our transformation comes from Christ’s glory, and the destination we are brought to is more glory. The transforming glory is the result of gazing upon the beauty and splendor of Jesus Christ.
  5. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Notice the ten aspects of New Testament ministry given by Paul: (1) It is based on the triumph of Christ over every power of darkness (2:14). (2) It diffuses the fragrant aroma of Christ everywhere (2:15-16). (3) It refuses to water down the Word of God (2:17). (4) It produces living letters of Christ (3:3). (5) It is not based on the clever abilities of men but God’s empowering presence (3:6). (6) It imparts life (3:6). (7) It flows from the Holy Spirit (3:8, 17-18). (8) It imparts righteousness (3:9). (9) It contains a greater glory than the law (3:10-11). (10) It brings the transfiguration of believers into greater levels of glory (3:18).

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