2 Corinthians 3: Confidence

March 1st, 2007

Getting to know God can be like learning to hover a helicopter. At first it all seems impossible. How can a mere human ever hope to relate to a being who is so powerful that he created the entire universe? Surely God must be so amazing, so magnificent that we would not be able to look at him without dying. Surely you could only approach him with feelings of fear and inadequacy. But when you approach God through Jesus, you gradually work your way through the fear and trembling and despair, and you learn to become very bold because God gives you an extraordinary hope.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians — Chapter 3

3:1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or, like some other people, do we need letters of recommendation to you or from you? 3:2 You are our letter, written in our hearts, understood and read by everyone. 3:3 It is obvious that you are a letter of Christ, nurtured by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on human hearts. 3:4 We have such confidence through Christ toward God. 3:5 I do not mean that we are self-sufficient enough to claim anything as coming from ourselves. Our sufficiency is from God. 3:6 He makes us sufficient as agents of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 3:7 If the system of death, engraved in letters on stones, came with glory, so that the people of Israel could not look at the face of Moses for the glory of his face, which faded, 3:8 will not the system of the Spirit be much more glorious? 3:9 If the system of condemnation has glory, the system of righteousness has much greater glory. 3:10 The old glory was no glory at all in comparison with the supreme glory. 3:11 If the superseded system was accompanied by glory, the permanent system is accompanied by much more glory.

3:12 We speak very boldly because we have such a hope, 3:13 not like Moses, who put a veil on his face so that the people of Israel would not look at the end of the glory which was fading. 3:14 But their minds were closed, because the same veil remains to this very day at the reading of the old covenant. It is not removed until it is taken away by Christ. 3:15 Even today, when Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts. 3:16 Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 3:17 The Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 3:18 All of us, with unveiled faces seeing the glory of the Lord as if in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image with increasing glory, as empowered by the Lord, the Spirit.

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    […] the stone tablets of Moses, as described in Exodus 34:28. So it seems surprising when Paul, in the third chapter of his second letter to the Corinthians, describes the commandments and the law of the covenant as the “system of death”. How could […]

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