My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Friday, November 02, 2007

2 Corinthians 3

Letters and Spirit

Summary:
We don't need written proof of your success. The Spirit shows it! Our ministry is working! The confidence in our competence comes from God; through the Spirit, not through letters and words, which bring dead and sin.

The law of the letters, Moses' law, had so much glory, so the ministry of the Spirit will have so much more, and much longer lasting! We don't hide our face with a veil like Moses. We unveil the glory of the old scriptures and the new covenant. With the Spirit, there is freedom, and we reflect God's glory.

Key verse:
18. we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory

My thoughts:
Hmmm... I guess this is where the phrase "Follow the Spirit of the law, rather than the letter" comes from, though the meaning of that phrase doesn't seem to follow exactly from the message of this passage. One of Paul's points here is that nothing of the Old Covenant makes sense without Jesus.

Anywho, it's pretty cool that we get an unveiled faith. There is no reason anymore for covers and separators between us and God's glory. That's pretty far out, man.

Verse 17 says that the Lord is the Spirit. The Lord is Paul's word for Jesus, so this is essentially saying that Jesus is the Spirit, which makes his pretty darn equal with God. Jehovah's Witnesses, my favourite foe, claim that the Spirit is simply Jehovah's manifestation - as much a part of God as our mind is a part of us. So even for them, this passage should claim that Jesus is equal to the Father. They translate the 'Lord' here as Jehovah, which is ridiculously inconsistent. It shows that they can't really cope with the fact that the Greek word kyrios can interchangably refer to God and Jesus is different passages. Redonkulous.

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