Bible: 2 Cor 3:7-4:6

The Greater Glory of the Spirit’s Ministry

3:7 But if the ministry that produced death – carved in letters on stone tablets 1 came with glory, so that the Israelites 2  could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face 3  (a glory 4  which was made ineffective), 5  3:8 how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be? 6  3:9 For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, 7  how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness 8  excel 9  in glory! 3:10 For indeed, what had been glorious now 10  has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. 11  3:11 For if what was made ineffective 12  came with 13  glory, how much more has what remains 14  come in glory! 3:12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness, 15  3:13 and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites 16  from staring 17  at the result 18  of the glory that was made ineffective. 19  3:14 But their minds were closed. 20  For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. 21  It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away. 22  3:15 But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, 23  3:16 but when one 24  turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 25  3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, 26  there is freedom. 3:18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, 27  are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, 28  which is from 29  the Lord, who is the Spirit. 30 

Paul’s Perseverance in Ministry

4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, 31  we do not become discouraged. 32  4:2 But we have rejected 33  shameful hidden deeds, 34  not behaving 35  with deceptiveness 36  or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. 4:3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, 4:4 among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe 37  so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel 38  of Christ, 39  who is the image of God. 4:5 For we do not proclaim 40  ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves 41  for Jesussake. 4:6 For God, who saidLet light shine out of darkness,” 42  is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge 43  of God in the face of Christ. 44 

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