In today’s reading, Paul was speaking to the Corinthian Church about their lives being the epistle men read. He went further to let them know that though they ministered the good news; they didn’t regard themselves more highly than they ought because their sufficiency is in God.
There was a clear distinction between the word engraved in stones and that of the spirit. The letter which Moses received was glorious but the Word in our hearts which is of the spirit is more glorious. This letter which is considered the ministration of condemnation kills but the spirit which is the ministration of righteousness gives life.
He enjoined believers to remove the spiritual veil blinding their hearts and receive the word of life by revelation. This will cause a transformation and change as they behold the glory of the Lord.
We as believers need to understand that our lives are the bible that men read. We must therefore live as examples to both believers and unbelievers alike. We need to comport ourselves in our communication and lifestyle which should bring people closer to God.
Believers need to be careful not to take the word of God in a legalistic manner but rather live by the spirit of the word. This means we need to rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading to guide us in our Christian walk.
I will live an exemplary life.
Reading – 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 Or reflect