Inscribed with the Spirit

a letter of Christ, inscrbied with the SpiritRevelation 22:3-4 tells us that, in New Jerusalem, we will be slaves of God and of the Lamb serving and that His name will be on our foreheads. My prior post had two verses about the present inscribing in our hearts. It seems that the outcome of the present inscribing is the name on our foreheads in Revelation 14:1 and 22:4.

While considering 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 and Hebrews 10:16 for the prior post, I saw that God imparts and inscribes directly in Hebrews 10 but indirectly in 2 Corinthians 3. Paul told the Corinthian believers, “You are a letter of Christ ministered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone but in tablets of hearts of flesh.”

Paul and Timothy ministered to the Corinthians, writing on their hearts with spiritual ink which is the Spirit of the living God. This inscribing made the Corinthians a letter of Christ. The inscribing was not directly by God but indirectly, by God operating in and through Paul and Timothy.

“The apostles were filled with Christ, so that their ministry spontaneously ministered Christ to those whom they contacted, inscribing Christ in their hearts and making them living letters that conveyed Christ.*”

God’s indirect inscribing matches the building up of the church. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I will build My church.” In this promise, it seems that the Lord will do the building work directly. However, when we come to Ephesians 4 the gifted members (v. 11) perfect all the members to do the ministry for building up (v. 12). Hence, “all the Body… causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love” (v. 16).

This indirect work of God is also seen in the preparation of New Jerusalem as the bride of Christ (see related posts).

* The quote is an excerpt from 2 Cor. 3:3, note 2, The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM.

Related Posts:
New Jerusalem is Prepared by Our Cooperation with Christ Dwelling in Us
Other posts in the category Preparation of New Jerusalem

Photo by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NMFS/OPR, courtesy of NOAA.

Leave a comment

1 Comment

  1. The Triune God Written on Us | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: