2 CORINTHIANS 3:4-6 AMP
4 “Such is the confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust that we have through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God.
6 He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the letter [of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life.”
We know when Apostle Paul wrote his letters to the various churches, including this book in the Bible titled 2 Corinthians, it was in letter form, not in chapters and verses as we now know it.
There is one part of this letter that struck me powerfully recently, although I have read it many, many times.
For identification purposes, I will note them in Chapter 3; verses 4-6.
In verse four Paul states that with confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust we can trust God, through Christ.
Never having thought of it that way before, but yes, I came to know Jesus Christ intimately as my Saviour, along with His Life and Teachings, before I had an extremely close relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Knowing what Jesus did for me, obeying and trusting His Father in coming to earth, and having the relationship where He and His Father are one, and Jesus prayed that we may be in their oneness, I would come to the only conclusion of loving and trusting God, my Heavenly Father.
21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
I have learned, realized, been told, that there is no good thing I am able to do on my own. This is particularly true in any form of ministry,
This is emphasized in verse 5, where we read that we are not qualified in ourselves to claim anything good coming from ourselves, but our sufficiency and qualifications all come from our Father. Therefore, I am so glad that my Saviour, Jesus Christ introduced me to our Heavenly Father, so I am not running around trying to do “good”, “Godly” Ministry on my own.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Verse 6 then tells us how we are able to do any ministry our Father calls us to do. Our Father qualifies us for ministry, but even if we are qualified, and know all things, we will not be in a position of ministry to bring Glory to God.
It is only when we have the Spirit of the Living God within us, working through us, that we are able to have a positive, powerful, life changing ministry, for the Glory of God.
Going forward, we see the unity of the Triune God, and the desire of our Lord Jesus for we Christ followers to be joined with them, and God giving us the Spirit of Life for ministry.
6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—
19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
Let us also always follow the example of Apostle Paul, in only speaking of what Christ has accomplished, through the power of the Spirit of God, as we fully proclaim only the Gospel of Christ.