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THE GREATER GLORY OF THE NEW COVENANT (2 of 2)
II Cor. 4:9-15
February 16, 2003
INTRODUCTION: Last week I closed the message by
referring to six things the Old Covenant could not do.
Let's begin with a look at the contrast between the
Old Covenant and the New Covenant. Remember, the Old
Covenant is good, holy, and just (Romans 7:12) but in
understanding its purpose, namely, to serve as a tutor
(guardian) to bring us to Christ.
Galatians 3:24, "Therefore the law was our tutor to
bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by
According to Romans 7:7, "I would not have known sin
except through the law."
OLD COVENANT NEW COVENANT
Of the letter Of the Spirit
Of the flesh (works) Of the faith
Ministry of death Ministry of life
Written in stone Written in hearts
Passing glory Permanent glory
What we need to know is that there are some things the
law cannot do, however, it was never intended to do.
God ordains the law to fulfill a certain purpose to
which it fulfilled its purpose to that end.
I. THE PASSING OF THE OLD COVENANT. 9-11a
A. MINSTRY OF CONDEMNATION. 9
It is a mirror that reveals how dirty our faces really
are, but we cannot wash our faces in the mirror. The
person who tries to live under the law will find
himself feeling more and more guilty, and this can
produce a feeling of hopelessness and rejection. (No
one can keep it perfectly.)
B. MINISTRY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. 10
Ministry means service; remember the law was not given
to give salvation, for there is no salvation through
obedience to the law. The New Covenant produces
righteousness and changes lives, to the glory of God.
Romans 3:21-26, "But now the righteousness of God
apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the
Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God,
through faith in Jesus ...
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