Ministers of the New Covenant
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
(1) Are we starting to commend ourselves to you again? Or do we need, like some people, favorable letters of recommendation to you or from you? (2) For you are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. (3) And you show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Holy Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on the tablets of human hearts.
(4) So this is our confidence through Christ toward God, (5) not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything has come from us, because our competency comes only from God. (6) He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Holy Spirit; because the letter kills, but the Holy Spirit gives life!
The Everlasting Glory of the New Covenant
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
(7) Now if the ministry of the old covenant—that was written with words on stone, and produced death—came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily upon the shining face of Moses because of its glory—although it was fading away—(8) will not the ministry of the Holy 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 (the old covenant) has no glory compared to the overwhelming glory of the new covenant in Christ. (11) And if the temporary (transitory) old covenant came with glory, how much greater is the glory of the new covenant that is everlasting!
(12) Therefore, because we have such a great hope, we are very bold. (13) We are not like Moses, who veiled his face to keep the Israelites from looking at the fading glory of the old covenant that was coming to an end. (14) But the minds of the Israelites were darkened, because to this day that same veil remains when the old covenant is read. This veil has not been removed, because it is removed only in Christ! (15) Even to this day when the law of Moses is read, a veil covers the Israelites’ hearts. (16) But when anyone turns to the Lord, this veil is lifted from their hearts.
(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 reflect the Lord’s glorious beauty—are being transformed into his image from one degree of glory to another (from glory to glory), which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.