Text: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18.
Ever since Adam disobeyed God, salvation has always been by God’s Covenant of Grace. Man deserved death, but God graciously promised life and reconciliation, which is received by faith. The law is glorious because it came from God and it reflects God’s nature, will, and character. But when God gave the laws, whether the 10 commandments or the tabernacle worship, they were never intended to be obeyed for the purpose of gaining salvation. Salvation has always and only been by God’s grace applied by the work of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of Law was to instruct God’s people about the redemption that would be accomplished by Christ. Obedience was required, but strict outward obedience to law, “the letter”, without a heart of faith and love for the law-giver, kills. However, the ministry of the Holy Spirit changes hearts and thus gives life.
Meditate on verse 7. What is God teaching you in this verse?
My heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ. For in Him I’m justified. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.