“For if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shalt not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious” 2 Corinthians 3:7-8.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Law ministers death while the Spirit brings the ministration of life.
The law was given to reveal the helpless nature of man. It was given to point man to his Saviour. Apostle Paul referred to the law as ‘the ministration of death’. The law came so that condemnation might stand. When the law was read, death was ministered; people were condemned. In Romans 7:13, Apostle Paul says, “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died”. The Law was given because of sin, so that sin might be shown for what it really was. The Old Testament could not establish God’s intention for man – which was to give life to man; rather, it brought death because of the imperfections of the flesh. No one could fulfill the law. No one could live up to the expectations and demands of the Law. But thanks be unto God! Christ is the fulfillment of the Law. Standing in the stead of man, Christ perfectly and eternally met all the requirements of the law. The Bible says that through Him, all are justified from all the things which they could not have been justified by the law (Acts 13:39).
Jesus Christ brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10). So today, when the New Testament is preached; the Spirit of life is being ministered. 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “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 gives life”. The letter here refers to the Law. The Law kills, but the Spirit gives life. We can therefore say that the ministration of the law was death but the ministration of the Spirit gives life. This means that wherever and whenever the Gospel is being preached, life is being given.
INSTRUCTION:Stop focusing on the Law. Look up to Jesus Christ, the mediator of the New Covenant.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the privilege to minister life to the world through the Gospel, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 7; EVENING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3