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“2 Corinthians 3
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?
2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
What’s the New Covenant?
It is the salvation through (faith in) Christ. It is God’s best idea, His decision to ravage a people (humanity) by love, to rescue passionately, and to restore justly.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The old covenant was not without laws engraved on tablets of stone and the ceremonial sacrifices and offerings that would guarantee salvation (temporarily). These, being types and shadows of the truth, were fulfilled in Christ once and for all. In the old covenant, the law was given to do or perform to be right with God but in the new covenant, God gave Christ so that whosoever believe in Him might be saved and receive the gift of righteousness. It is the complete opposite of the old covenant. Christ was poured out as a living sacrifice by the offering of His body for the sin of the whole world, once-for-all; God, Himself, now writes His desires or laws in the believer’s heart. This new covenant was brought by grace, so that those who believe in Christ would enter God’s rest as against the loads of struggle of the old covenant. (Read Hebrews chapter 9 and 10).
The New Covenant is not about following a set of rules or even about being a ‘good person’ to be right before God. It is about knowing whom God is, having a personal relationship with Him and discovering just how much He truly loves you, and embarking on the journey of loving Him back. That’s it.
Able minister: Who is he?
The able minister is the one who believes that through the blood of the new covenant and by the working of the Holy Spirit, he is forgiven, washed, cleansed and sanctified; and in his innermost and true self, he is hidden with Christ in God. From that position in Him (God), he declares His loving grace to the ends of the earth and draw men to the knowledge of the truth.
From the entry passage, 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, it is clearly stated what the ability of the minister is. It is the sufficiency of God. It is God’s ability. In other words, the ability comes from God at work in the believer.
An able minister of the new covenant is the one who preaches repentance of heart. Repentance isn’t doing something about one’s sin. It is admitting that one can’t do anything about the sin and trusting that only God can. Repentance is telling God that I can’t, but you can. I trust you. That’s the beauty of the covenant; letting go of the yoke of the law and taking His (Christ’s) yoke which is easy.
So, an able minister preaches in line with the new covenant truth, not proclaiming judgment on them (sinners) who cannot help themselves, but proclaiming salvation and peace of Christ on anyone who truly believes. He preaches Jesus alone and nothing else. The able minister’s message is all about the gospel of Christ, His revelation to believers and the believer’s position and reality in Him. The new covenant is christocentric, so is the new covenant (able) minister.
In conclusion, dear believers, be a minister of reconciliation for we were reconciled by God through Jesus Christ for this cause. 2 Corinthians 5:18. Do not be weary. It is a responsibility for every believer. Don’t be lazy. Be responsible. Always remember that you are sufficient with Christ’s sufficiency. Yea. That is the believer’s ability. Grow in the word, tarry in the place of prayer, manifest God’s love, mature and edify believers and reach the unsaved souls. All grace.
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