KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 3:9 ” For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”
We continue with the comparison between life and encounters in the New Testament and that of the old.
The ministration of the Old Testament or the law is called the ministration of condemnation. Some Christians pray and wish we were in the times of Moses and Elijah. Those times according to the revelation of the Holy Spirit given to Apostle Paul is called the ministration of condemnation. . Moses walked in the glory and power of God yet that glory was described as a passing glory. (1st Corinthians 3:7)
If Moses era which manifested so much of the glory of God was called the ministration of condemnation, how much more would the ministration of righteousness be more glorious? Romans 8:1 says,” There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit”. The statement ‘who walk not after the flesh ‘ simply means those who live by faith. Living by faith is living by the word of God. The period of condemnation was the period when men lived by their works, they lived according to their self-efforts or by the flesh.
Living by the flesh, living by sight or by human reasoning places you in condemnation. No one can be justified by living according to the senses. The just shall always live by faith.(Rom 1:17) Faith in God places a man in the ministration of the Spirit or ministration of righteousness. Righteousness is the same word for Justification in the Greek language. The life of true glory and power is never by one’s effort but by purely relying on the word of God revealed about our Lord Jesus.
Now please notice this; the word ministration also means service or servicing. It also means dispensing as a drug attendant dispenses his drugs. In the New Testament we dispense, minister or serve by the Spirit. Everything about us should never proceed from self-effort. The life under the New Testament is counting on the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ to do all things. It means believing on the Lord Jesus, counting on what he is and has done to be ours. We live by his victory over sin. We live by his carrying away all our sicknesses to live in health. We live by his power to defeat the enemy. This is the glorious ministry of the New Testament.
I thank God for the new covenant. Now it is Christ living through me as I count on Him. This is a more glorious Ministry because it’s Christ alive in me.
Galatians 2:20 ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”.
2 Corinthians 3:10 “For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth”.