Today’s Bible reading
Reading 2 Corinthians 3.
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.—2 Corinthians 3:2-3
More thoughts for meditation
Paul contrasts the old covenant of Moses (which he calls the “ministry of condemnation”) with the new covenant of Jesus (the “ministry of justification”). He is talking about the power of the incarnation. Through the person of Jesus, we can now gaze on God unveiled (which was something Moses couldn’t do when he encountered God on Mt. Sinai). Paul is doing work in redefining salvation for the Jewish people, but his language about a new covenant isn’t novel to them though, as Jeremiah, the prophet, has a redundant motif about this very subject (see Jeremiah 31:32).
This old covenant is revitalized and fulfilled by the Spirit of God present in Jesus. Where the Spirit is, there is freedom. The new covenant, frees us from the shackles of the rules (and therefore condemnation) and moves us toward freedom. The law is still there, but this time, instead of being chiseled on stone tablets, it is written on our hearts.
The new covenant gives us the boldness to minister of the Gospel. We are developed and deepened by the Spirit. We are “letters of Christ,” shaped by the Spirit of God, declaring God’s fullness in the world by our words and deeds. A wonderful opportunity, it is, and a great responsibility.
Suggestions for action
Paul’s description of the new covenant is so encouraging, it removes the condemnation of the old and does so in plain language. The trouble, of course, is believing. Reject your self-condemnation today, and find your wholeness, not in your own strength and might, but in Christ despite your weakness. Walk as a child of God. Maybe the way you express it is with a straighter posture, chest out. Maybe it’s with a more confident smile. Maybe you dare to be kind because you have nothing to fear. Be a letter of Christ today.
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