Last night I was reading through 2 Corinthians chapters 3-5. They are such awesome chapters. As I was reading, the fact that the Corinthians were called epistles intrigued me. So, I decided to study the passage today.
An epistle is a letter. Yet Paul was saying that the Corinthians were epistles “…known and read of all men.” They weren’t epistles written with ink, “but by the Spirit of the living God.” Not in tablets of stone, but in the soft tablet of the heart. Their lives showed the work of Christ. Anyone could see it.
The rest of the chapter is contrasting the law with that which has been given to us in Christ. He brought a new covenant. Instead of the harshness of the law, which works death, we have the Spirit which brings life. The veil has been lifted off our eyes and we can see the light of the glorious gospel. We have liberty because the Spirit of God is in us. The exciting part is that we are being transformed into the image of Christ by the Spirit of the Lord. It isn’t by our own works, but what God is doing.