Ministers of the Spirit, not of the letter

Let us be reminded this day, that we should be ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, the law or the old testament.

2 Corinthians chapter 3

“who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, (or new testament) not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”. (vs.6)

The letter or the law is the ministration of death and condemnation.

The new testament, or new covenant is the ministration of righteousness in the Spirit. The ministration of the Spirit is far superior, far more glorious than that of the law. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness (plainness) of speech. There is no need to strive or fret when we minister in the Spirit. Why? Because it’s the Spirit working through us to reach those in need. The Spirit is the the pilot, we are only the co-pilot.

Just as in Moses’ day when the old testament was read, they had a vail upon their heart, the same goes for those who are not operating in the Spirit today. They wish to stay in the letter or law. There is a vail between them and God. Their minds are blinded.

BUT, through Christ the vail is taken away. You cannot operate in both. You are either operating in the Spirit, or the letter.

“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the vail is taken away” (vs.16)

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (vs.17) There is liberty in this ministration of the Spirit, and the ministration of the new testament to the lost.

As far as I understand, the law has one purpose today, and that is to show us our sinfulness. If one does not know his or hers sinfulness (I find most do) than the law will bring out their sins or show them their sins. That’s the purpose of the law as contained in God’s word.

Let us be reminded here, that the Spirit should have preeminence over the law. It is far more superior, for more glorious. We must be led of God’s Spirit when we minister to those who are lost. We must be very careful of using a method or system in evangelising.

Yes, people are either alive in Christ, or dead in sin, but we need the Spirit of God as we minister to each individual person. The Spirit can give us the words to say to that particular person for that particular day. It may be just a seed planted for that day in that persons life. That may be your only reason for having contact with that person that day. And that’s OK.

It’s awesome and wonderful to lead someone to Christ, and that’s what we desire, but sometimes it just seed planting. It takes the Spirit to know the difference. In our humanity, we would just like to get on with it and get the job done. We would like to take our bible and hit them over the head, call it slain in the spirit, and have them be “born again”, next.

It doesn’t work that way when we minister in the Spirit and minister the new covenant.

May you be blessed in ministry.

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10 Responses to “Ministers of the Spirit, not of the letter”

  1. totaltransformation Says:

    Good points.

  2. rjperalta Says:

    totaltransformation,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    May you be blessed this day.

    Grace to you,
    Richard

  3. Coops Says:

    “We must be very careful of using a method or system in evangelising.” Thanks for the reminder… It’s so easy to fit into a rhythm & a presentation & a mini-marketing campaign.

  4. rjperalta Says:

    Very true.
    I know I have come across several what seems like “presentations”. We cannot adopt the worlds ways to reach the lost.

    We must continually seek God’s Holy Spirit when witnessing. It’s the key.

    Thanks for coming by,
    Much Grace to ya,
    Richard

  5. Pastor Chris Says:

    We are being transformed (v.18), and that transformation begins when the veil is removed.

    Some evangelism scripts require a starting point with the law. The whole presentation is based on convincing the witnessee that they are a law breaker. But if there is a viel over their hearts when the Law is read, only by the Spirit of God, can that methodolgy work. The Holy Spirit needs to remove the veil during or prior to the presentation of the ten commandments evangelism script.

    I’m grateful that God continues to transform me, that the viel has been removed from my heart, and that my final transformation will arrive when I receive my promised resurrection (2 Cor 5).

    Pastor Chris
    EvangelismCoach.org

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Amen, I agree.

    It has to be a work of The Holy Spirit. Without it, it’s just law, the letter and it’s just dead. The Spirit gives life, even to the law to allow it to do it’s work upon the heart.

    Thanks for the good word,
    God bless your day,
    Richard

  7. billphillips Says:

    I’ve been made aware of these verses, and maybe you could give me your thoughts on them.

    Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

    While the people I talk to don’t always have their “mouth stopped” after going through the law, I’ve often seen it happen.

    Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    I’ve found that people are desperate to hear the gospel, if they feel convicted, and know that hell is what they really deserve.

    James 1:23-25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

    I think it’s saying that the law is like a mirror, and it give liberty to those who look into it.

    Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;

    I have no formal Bible training, so I’m open to your thoughts.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  8. rjperalta Says:

    Bill,

    I am very aware of these scriptures. I have studied them many times.

    I am also very aware of the “way of the master” teaching. I used to watch it on T.V. However, we don’t have cable now so I don’t get to watch it.

    I am just a little concerned with coming up with a formula in witnessing. It seems to me as if that is what they have done. My question is, where does The Holy Spirit come in? Do we give Him a chance to lead us and direct us in what to do or say?

    I just think we need to be careful and let The Spirit guide us each and every time.

    The Ten Commandments due have there place in witnessing. Every time?
    I don’t think so.

    My advice is, let The Spirit guide you. If He shows you to use the law on a particular person, and you believe it is from Him, then use it, by all means.

    Be open to The Spirit each and every time. He might say to you that what this person needs is a big hug, and shower them with love. Come to find out, this person never could remember a time where his parents said that they loved him, or remembered a time where they hugged him.

    On another occasion, you come across a person that says he can’t ever remember a time where he has sinned. So you take him through the law and he does see where he has sinned against God. He now sees that he is a sinner. You now have an open door to share The Gospel.

    Each time is different. That is why we need The Holy Spirit.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Much Grace to you,
    Richard

    PS. “no formal Bible training”? That is not a bad thing. Let The Great Teacher teach you.

  9. Bill Says:

    Richard,

    That makes sense. I just think that most people need the law, because when I ask them, they think they’re going to get to heaven because they’re good people. Even though most people think they’re sinners, they don’t understand the seriousness of their sins or that their sins are against God.

    I guess I should get in the habit of asking people more questions to try to guage how humble they are.

    Bill

  10. rjperalta Says:

    Yes, that would be good.

    It is also good to try to be personable. I find if we break the ice (so to speak) with a smile, and some friendly talk, it goes along way.

    If you always start with the same, “are you a good person”. Some find that very straight forward and unfriendly.

    Like they say, “start with the natural things first”. Then let the Spirit guide you as what to say next. He is faithful. Sometimes He just opens up the whole conversation, and we are amazed.

    The Spirit of God is in the business of moving upon the hearts of men, so let Him.

    Grace to you this day,
    Richard

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