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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Corinthians Chapter 3 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55-57 AD)
Overview: Paul Addresses the Church (c 1-13)
Theme: Paul Defends His Ministry (c 3-7)
Message: Paul Expounds on the New Covenant (v 1-)

2 Corinthians 3 Commentary

(3:1-18) The Glory of the New Covenant - Paul recalled the stone tablets on which God had written the old covenant. He identified the law, although lethal, as nonetheless glorious because it is God’s provision and proof of his intervention in the life of his people. But that which was summarized on stone is nowhere near as glorious as what is yet to come. The Spirit creates a new life in us. He is the Holy Spirit who was present at the creation of the world as one of the agents in the origin of life itself (Genesis 1:2). He is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian and the one who helps us live the Christian life.


Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 2nd Corinthians with Chapter 3 and in our text we see Paul explaining God's great new covenant as Christ now lives in us, the veil is now gone, we have full access to Him, and where the Spirit of the Lord is we find Liberty. In making application we have freedom and liberty to allow Christ to live in and through us if we simply yield to the indwelling Holy Spirit. This Liberty gives us freedom to live for Him being free from the chains of sin we see that He conforms us to the likeness of Jesus-Christ how we see a change in the life of a Believer. How about you? Are You Saved? Do you see this change in your life? Let us learn from our text today to see the change that comes from the Spirit of God who indwells the heart of the believer, forgiving them from sin, and giving them a new life not bound by the chains of sin but a life of Liberty.


2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 3

 1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

 2Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

 3Forasmuch 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.

 4And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

 5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

 6Who 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.

 7But 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:

 8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

 9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

 10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

 11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

 12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

 13And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

 14But 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.

 15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

 16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

 17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 18But 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.