(Originally posted 1/17/07)
Back in 2 Corinthians. I hit a sweet spot in studying tonight and wanted to share a couple of paragraphs that excited me. The passage is 2 Corinthians 3:7-11. The comments are below.
Ever conscious and grateful for the Old Covenant, Paul draws a contrast between the old and new. He refers to the old covenant as a ministry of death (3:7) and condemnation (3:9), not because it was malicious, but because its express role was to identify sin in the people and their need for salvation (cf. Rom 7:7-10). It had no power in itself to give life, but it clearly identified the sickness that was causing death. It exactly served the purpose for which God created it, and He gave it with His manifest presence. Paul makes no mistake about it: the old covenant was a glorious thing.
However, if the old covenant was so glorious, even with all of its purposeful shortcomings, how much more glorious must this new covenant be? This covenant doesn’t just have the power to convict sin—it has the power to bring about righteousness. The old covenant was passing away, and the new covenant was eternally remaining. Something much more glorious had come upon the scene, and it was this covenant of which Paul and his team were made ministers.
Doesn’t it just make you excited to be saved?