February 12, 1989
When Paul used the word “glory” to describe the ministry of the Gospel, his audience would have understood the reference—as readers of the Old Testament, they remembered the glory that had shone from Moses’s face at Mount Sinai. In this lesson from 2 Corinthians 3, however, Alistair Begg unpacks Paul’s claim that the veiled, temporary glory of the Old Covenant pales in comparison to the revealed, eternal glory of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus.
7Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
12Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16But when one3 turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord4 is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,5 are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
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