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2016 September 26

The Ratification of the Treaty of Munster, 15 May 1648 (1648)
Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681)
Dutch Golden Age Baroque Style
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he and the others who minister to them need no letters of commendation to them because they have already been among them and have ministered to them (1-3). Their sufficiency for ministry comes from God, not from themselves; and it is spiritual, not fleshly (4-6).
     The former ministry of the Law was glorious, but the ministration of the Spirit is more glorious. The Law was glorious, but it brought condemnation. The ministration of the Spirit brings righteousness. The ministration of the Spirit is so glorious that it makes the Law seem to be without glory. The ministration of the Law is done away; the ministration of the Spirit remains (7-11).
     For those who read the law, a veil covers their minds, but it is done away in Christ when anyone turns to Christ. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and transformation from (the old) glory to (the new) glory (12-18).
     [Sermons: William Taylor. John Piper. Geoff Thomas. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting depicts a covenant being made for the benefit of Holland, just as the New Covenant was for the benefit of those who entered into it, as detailed in today's chapter. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 3:1-3: Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:10-12; 1 Corinthians 16:15-18; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Ephesians 6:21-22; Philippians 2:19-24; Philippians 2:25 - 3:1; Colossians 4:7-9; Philemon 1:8-20. 1 Corinthians 3:4-6: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 4:6-7; Galatians 2:15-21; Galatians 5:1-12; Philippians 3:2-11; Philippians 3:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. 1 Corinthians 3:7-11: Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:6-21; Romans 8:1-8; Romans 9:1-5; Romans 15:7-13; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Galatians 3:6-18; Galatians 3:21-25; Ephesians 2:11-22; Philippians 3:2-11; Colossians 1:21-23. 1 Corinthians 3:12-18: Romans 7:1-6; Romans 9:30-33; Romans 10:1-4; Romans 11:7-10; Galatians 3:21-25; Galatians 4:21-31; Philippians 3:2-11. ]
     NOTE: The parallels above are based in a very small part on my own research but principally on the following sources:
     Fred O Francis and J. Paul Sampley, Pauline Parallels, Second Edition. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 1984).
     Most of the material on Hebrews is from an online article titled Pauline parallels in Hebrews taken from Charles H. Welch and Stuart Allen Welch, Perfection Or Perdition? An Exposition Of The Epistle To The Hebrews, (London: Berean Publishing Trust, 1973). ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

2 Corinthians 3

1. Paul's Struggles Among the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 1:1 - 2 Corinthians 3:18) - 55 A.D. Philippi

     1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
     4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 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 giveth life.
     7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
     12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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