For the past few weeks I have been reading Richard Sibbes’ Glorious Freedom, which is an exposition of 2 Corinthians 3:17-18:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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.”
I am about two-thirds through, but I want to post some quotes that encouraged me:
When we want any grace, or gift of the Spirit, we should go to Christ; for God does all by Christ, and Christ does all by the Spirit (18).
The reason Christians are so dead and dull and dark in their spirits is that they do not first consider themselves, and then go to Christ (18).
Where the Spirit of God is, there is the spirit of adoption, the spirit of sons, which is a free spirit. The son does not do his duties to his father out of constraint and fear, but out of nature. The Spirit alters our nature and disposition. It makes us sons, and then we do everything freely (36).
We must understand the nature of this spirit of liberty in sanctification. It is not a liberty freeing us altogether from conflict and deadness and dullness It is a liberty not freeing us from combat, but enabling us to combat, to fight the battles of the Lord against our own corruptions. Freedom from fighting is the liberty of glory, where there shall be no enemy within or without (37-38).