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2 Corinthians 3:5-7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Yet we don’t see ourselves as capable enough to do anything in our own strength, for our true competence flows from God’s empowering presence. He alone makes us adequate ministers who are focused on an entirely new covenant. Our ministry is not based on the letter of the law but through the power of the Spirit. The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit pours out life.[a]

The Glorious Ministry of the Spirit

Even the ministry that was characterized by chiseled letters on stone tablets came with a dazzling measure of glory, though it produced death. The Israelites couldn’t bear to gaze on the glowing face of Moses[b] because of the radiant splendor shining from his countenance—a glory destined to fade away.


  1. 2 Corinthians 3:6 To illustrate this, on the day when the law was given by Moses, three thousand people were killed, but on the day the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, three thousand people received new life. See Ex. 32:28; Acts 2:41.
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:7 See Ex. 34:29.
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