The Spirit of life (2 Cor. 3:6)

“God has made us competent

To be ministers

Of a new covenant,

Not in a written code

But in the Spirit.

The written code

Kills,

But the Spirit

Gives life.”

ὃς καὶ ἱκάνωσεν ἡμᾶς διακόνους καινῆς διαθήκης, οὐ γράμματος ἀλλὰ πνεύματος· τὸ γὰρ γράμμα ἀποκτείνει, τὸ δὲ πνεῦμα ζωοποιεῖ.

Paul said that God has made us competent or qualified (ὃς καὶ ἱκάνωσεν ἡμᾶς) to be ministers (διακόνους) of a new covenant (καινῆς διαθήκης), not in a written code (οὐ γράμματος) but in the Spirit (ἀλλὰ πνεύματος).  The written code kills (τὸ γὰρ γράμμα ἀποκτείνει), but the Spirit gives life (τὸ δὲ πνεῦμα ζωοποιεῖ).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἱκάνωσεν, that means to make sufficient, render fit, or qualify.  Paul clearly stated that his competence as a minister came from God, and not himself.  He was a minister of the new covenant, not the old covenant with the Israelites.  Paul then referred to the old written code of the Torah that killed people.  The new covenant of the Spirit gives life.  Paul made this obvious comparison between life and death.  The spiritual covenant was not written, but gives life.  This old written code was a killer that brought death.  Do you live in the life of the Holy Spirit?

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