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Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
At exactly when a hardened criminal was to be executed by lethal injection for murder, a nurse was helping to deliver a mother of her baby. While the criminal’s last moments were that of shame, fear, and regret, that of the new mum and her baby were of joy, freedom, and relief. These two scenarios are paradoxical. The former adheres to the strict penalty of the law while the latter displays a gentle care to help preserve life.
God’s Word ministers life to those who believe but carries a sentence on those who rebel or try to approach Him by following rules. When God’s Word, then written in stone tablets, was first given, about three thousand persons died in judgment that day (Exo 32:19-28). But on the day of Pentecost with God’s Word now written in the hearts of men, about three thousand persons were saved instead (Acts 2:36-41). The reason for the latter outcome was the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to make the apostles ministers of life.
Since based on our new birth in Christ through the Holy Spirit, we are now ministers of life, we would be ruining or issuing death letters instead of life to others if they only hear but see no tangible evidence in our lives or demonstrable proofs of the life we claim to have in Christ (Mtt 5:16, 1Cor 2:1-4; 1Cor 4:18-20)
Go into today as a minister of life to others by first receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit and yielding yourself totally to His leading (Lk 24:49).