2Corinthians 3

September 14, 2022

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Whenever someone says to me they are becoming interested in Jesus and the Bible, I always say, “Read the New Testament first – learn Jesus and how He shows us God the Father. Learn that first. Then read the Old Testament because now you are armed with an understanding of what you will be reading there.

These verses today are a comparison of what Moses received from God that is then being completed in Jesus. That the Holy Spirit, while He does not replace the tablets of the law (the ten commandments), He is the fuller understanding between the law and the salvation that Jesus brings. The Holy Spirit (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost), our teacher and Comforter, aids us in fully embracing the Godhead. Now read again verse 18.


3 thoughts on “2Corinthians 3”

  1. Reading the New Testament first is an excellent suggestion. Then as a person progresses with the further explorations will learn the connections between the old and the new.

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    1. I did just that on Audre’s recommendation a couple of years ago, it made reading the OT easier – although far from easy – and much more rewarding I think than if I had plunged straight in at Genesis.

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