7 Now if the ministry that brought death,(A) 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,(B) transitory though it was,8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?9 If the ministry that brought condemnation(C) was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!(D)10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
When he came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments (Ex 34:29-35), Moses' face was shining with God's glory so that the people couldn't even look at him. But the glory soon faded away. How much more glorious is the work of the Spirit of God in the life of a believer; the Spirit transforms him more and more into the image of Christ!
2. The ministry that brings righteousness (9-11)
The Law which Moses received from God was a blessing to the people of Israel. God used it to train a slave nation to become a kingdom of priests. But the Law can't make sinners righteous; it only condemns them. The new covenant in Jesus' blood is the foundation of a ministry that brings righteousness. Sinners condemned by the law can come to God through Jesus and be forgiven and, by faith, through God's grace alone, be made righteous.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the new covenant, your promise to cleanse me in the blood of Jesus and make me righteous.