2 Corinthians 3
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
Paul's saying, Do I have to give you confidence or praise when you should be able to see it.
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
Christians teach others to teach and by doing so help change the lives of those learning. The Word grows in us each day we pick it up. This is why its important to study daily.
3 Forasmuch 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.
Your heart carries the actions of a Christian or the world. You are the example for others to see the works of Christ. In you, they see The Word of Truth †
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
We have faith in Christ Jesus, our Father will help them see the works and knowledge through us in The Only Way to truly live. The Way to peace, love, salvation and joy through Christ.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
It has NOTHING to do with us, but by us, they may see the Gift of Christ in us. It is God that gives everyone their ability's and God that gives understanding. ALL gifts are from God, for His purpose.
6 Who 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.
The Old Testament gave us laws to follow, to condemn us to our sins. The New Testament has brought us The Way to life everlasting out of our sins. When we accept Christ and follow Him, our spirit is renewed, we become alive. The Holy Spirit has give us The Way †
7 But 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:
The Israelite's could see The Glory of God on the face of Moses when he came down off Mount Sinai with The Commandments of God. As those stone tablets fade away, The Glory of God remains.
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
The Spirit of God lives within us that believe and follow Christ. We have a glorious reason in life, Christ in us. We don't need stones to know Him and live Him.
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
The righteousness is Christ Jesus, The Way. Only in Him can we exceed in glory. Our Father sees our change and we are blessed by it.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
The Old Testament isn't as glorious as The New Testament. Don't take this as though we should throw The Old out, not at all. It is part of The Whole. The law couldn't save you. Christ Jesus Yahsha is The Only way to Glory.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
Without The Old Testament we wouldn't have known a way in which God would have us live and without The New Testament we wouldn't have The Way in which Christ would have us follow for eternal life. Both are for us and both are glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
Fancy words don't help explain the simplicity of The Truth. We have such hope because His promises to us, we give to others and all are blessed in the hearing of it.
13 And 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:
When Moses came down from the mountain, his appearance scared them, but with Christ there is no need for fear. There is no need to hide the glory of Christ in you. Everything you need has been given to you if you take the time to study, you'll see.
14 But 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.
Those that are blind are those with this veil. Only when you accept Christ can you begin to see. Ignorance isn't bliss, its trouble and death.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Many could care less about the law of God because they don't feel it applies to them. They chose to keep this veil over their eyes. They reject the standards for morality that God has given us. Without laws, chaos issues. Every law has a lawmaker, every rule having an enforcer. If we throw out the law, then there is no sin and Christ died for nothing. With the veil gone, you can see clearly.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
With Christ Jesus in your daily life, that veil is lifted, your eyes are opened both to what is of the flesh and of the spiritual.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But 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.
On that 7th Trump everything will be as looking through a glass, pure. We are changed into our new body's, one that glorifies God. All the evil of the world is gone and things made pure. That's what fire does. We Christians can bring glory to God by giving ourselves to Him, through Christ. We do this daily by repentance and study. We are made in His image and we love Him enough to seek Him every day. Glory to glory, from this flesh to the next.