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2 Corinthians 2:1-3:18, This “ministry of death”

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I was not on preaching duty today, but the reading had some profound bits.

In 2 Corinthians 3:1-11 Paul sets out a series of comparisons that are quite striking, because it begins by asserting that the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments), was something that brought death, versus the present life brought by the Spirit.

Here’s the comparison pairs:

3:3 written not with ink/but with the Spirit of the living God
not on tablets of stone/but on tablets of human hearts
3:6 not of letter/but of spirit
for the letter kills/but the Spirit gives life
the ministry of death, chiselled in letters on stone tablets/the ministry of the Spirit

I’ll admit that snip has never stood out previously, but it makes a dramatic point of the transition from the old to the new covenant. Moses had to veil his face to hid the “end of the glory”, which they can not see to this very day, due to their hardened minds. In Christ the veil is lifted.

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Written by sameo416

June 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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