“But 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 shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?” – 2 Corinthians 3:7-8
LIGHT FOR NOW: When the Law was read, death was ministered.
The Apostle Paul in our text for today was comparing the awesome difference between the Old and the New Testaments. Without mincing words, he calls the ministration of the Old Testament, “the ministration of death”. There is need to know that the Law came so that condemnation might stand. When the Law was read, death was ministered; people were condemned; spiritual death became a consciousness. Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 7 verse 9 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 to be what it really is. The Old Testament couldn’t fulfill God’s intention which was to give life to men. Rather, it brought death, because of the imperfections of the flesh. No man could fulfill the Law. No one could live to the level the Law prescribed. But thanks be unto God! Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Law. The Bible says through Him, all are justified from all things which they couldn’t be justified by the Law of Moses (Acts 13:39).
The Bible says that He has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel (2 Timothy 1:10). So, today,when we preach the New Testament, we are ministering the Spirit; the Spirit of life. Recall that the Old Testament was written in tablets of stones. The New Testament is Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:6 says we are able ministers of the New Testament “not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life”. This is a clear distinction between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
INSTRUCTION: Leave the Old; embrace the New.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the ministration of life found in Youof which I am a partaker, in Jesus Name!
QUOTE: The Old Testament was written in tablets of stones; the New Testament is in our hearts.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTRONOMY CHAPTER 25; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 13