Scripture: II Corinthians 3:1-18

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The Glory Of The New Covenant

II Corinthians 3:1-18 (WEB) Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as do some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men, being revealed that you are a letter of Christ, served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone, but in tablets that are hearts of flesh. Such confidence we have through Christ toward God, not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the service of death, written engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly on the face of Moses for the glory of his face, which was passing away, won’t service of the Spirit be with much more glory? For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10 For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasses. 11 For if that which passes away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. 12 Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, 13 and not as Moses, who put a veil on his face, that the children of Israel wouldn’t look steadfastly on the end of that which was passing away. 14 But their minds were hardened, for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains, because in Christ it passes away. 15 But to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 But whenever someone 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 liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why did Paul say he needed no letters of recommendation at this time (II Corinthians 3:1-3)? Paul believed the believers to whom he and his companions had preached were enough of a recommendation. 

2. Who did Paul give the credit to for his accomplishments (II Corinthians 3:4-6)? Paul said the confidence they had was through Christ toward God.

3. What two things did Paul compare (II Corinthians 3:7-11)? Paul contrasted the glory of the Ten Commandments with the glory of the life-giving Spirit.

4. What still remains to this day (II Corinthians 3:12-15)? A veil.  My Bible notes: Moses’ veil illustrated the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds. The veil kept them from understanding the references to Christ in the Scriptures.  

5. What happens when someone becomes a Christian (II Corinthians 3:16)? The veil is taken away.

6. Where is there liberty (II Corinthians 3:17)? Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (freedom). My Bible notes: When we trust Christ to save us, He removes our heavy burden of trying to please Him and our guilt for failing to do so.


II Corinthians 3:18 (WEB) But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.


Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes: The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like Him. 


II Corinthians 3:5 (NIV) Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.


By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven and freed to live for Him.


To be Christ’s witnesses, we need the character and special strength that only God gives.


Lord, I pray we will have confidence in You alone (II Corinthians 3:4).  Lord, I pray our competence will always come from You (II Corinthians 3:5).  Lord, thank You for giving us life through the Spirit (II Corinthians 3:6). Lord, thank You for freedom through the Spirit (II Corinthians 3:17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I find freedom always in God.” <>< Dona