New International Version
If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!
King James Bible
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
Darby Bible Translation
For if the ministry of condemnation [be] glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory.
World English Bible
For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
Young's Literal Translation
for if the ministration of the condemnation is glory, much more doth the ministration of the righteousness abound in glory;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The ministration of condemnation - The law, which ascertained sin, and condemned it to just punishment.
The ministration of righteousness - The Gospel, the grand business of which was to proclaim the doctrine δικαιοσυνης, of justification; and to show how God could be just and yet the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.
Exceed in glory - For great, glorious, and awful as the law may be, in its opposition to sin, which is a reproach to man, and a dishonor to God; and in its punishment of sin; yet it must be vastly exceeded by that system which, evidencing an equal abhorrence of sin, finds out a method to forgive it; to take away its guilt from the conscience, and remove all its infection from the soul. That this could be done the law pointed out by its blood of bulls and of goats: but every considerate mind must see that it was impossible for these to take away sin; it is the Gospel that does what the law signified; and forasmuch as the performance of a promise is greater than the promise itself, and the substance of a man is greater than the shadow projected by that substance; so is the Gospel of Jesus Christ greater than the law, with all its promises, types, ceremonies, and shadows.
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LibraryTwelfth Sunday after Trinity Gospel Transcends Law.
Text: 2 Corinthians 3, 4-11. 4 And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written, and engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
The Letter and the Spirit
Note F. Note from Bengel on Rom. I. 4.
The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures
"Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed--a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,
2 Corinthians 3:8
will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
2 Corinthians 3:10
For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
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