Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 27 August 2017
The ministry of Moses was such that God’s people couldn’t stand to look Moses in the face as he spoke the Word of the Lord. The letter of the Law proclaimed condemnation of sin and pronounced death upon idolatry, blasphemy and those who plowed or harvested on the Sabbath Day. (Exodus 32-34) As a Pharisees’ Pharisee, before Christ opened his eyes and ears, Paul engaged in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of death by the letter of the Law. He personally saw to St. Stephen’s death for preaching Jesus. But the ministry of death and condemnation is abolished. Ministers of the New Covenant in Christ’s blood carry on a very different work. That ministry gives Spirit and life to sinners, pronounced righteous for Jesus’ sake, made competent to serve and confident to stand before God, redeemed.