2 Corinthians 3:6

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who also hath made vs able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giueth life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

who also made us adequate {as} servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who has made us able to be servants of a new agreement; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter gives death, but the Spirit gives life.
- Basic English Bible

who has also made us competent, [as] ministers of [the] new covenant; not of letter, but of spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit quickens.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

It is He also who has made us competent to serve Him in connexion with a new Covenant, which is not a written code but a Spirit; for the written code inflicts death, but the Spirit gives Life.
- Weymouth Bible

who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
- World English Bible

Which also made vs able mynystris of the newe testament, not bi lettre, but bi spirit; for the lettre sleeth, but the spirit quykeneth.
- Wycliffe Bible

who also made us sufficient [to be] ministrants of a new covenant, not of letter, but of spirit; for the letter doth kill, and the spirit doth make alive.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 3:6


3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new covenant - Of the new, evangelical dispensation. Not of the law, fitly called the letter, from God's literally writing it on the two tables. But of the Spirit - Of the gospel dispensation, which is written on the tables of our hearts by the Spirit. For the letter - The law, the Mosaic dispensation. Killeth - Seals in death those who still cleave to it. But the Spirit - The gospel, conveying the Spirit to those who receive it. Giveth life - Both spiritual and eternal: yea, if we adhere to the literal sense even of the moral law, if we regard only the precept and the sanction as they stand in themselves, not as they lead us to Christ, they are doubtless a killing ordinance, and bind us down under the sentence of death.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 3:6


2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers. God gave Paul and his fellow-ministers their "sufficiency" (2Co 3:5), who had made them able ministers of the gospel. Of the new testament. The New Covenant, the Covenant of Christ. This is here contrasted with the Old Covenant, the Jewish. One is the Law; the other the Gospel. Compare Heb 8:7-13. Not of the letter, but of the spirit. The first, the law, was written (by letters written and engraved on stones, hence "of the letter"); the gospel is the dispensation of the Spirit. The letter killeth. The law. It condemns all who do not obey its commands, but could make no man perfect. The law places under the sentence of death. See notes on Ro 7:9,10. The spirit giveth life. The gospel bestows eternal life.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 3:6

  • Gift Eliwanse for verse 6
    Highlights of 2 Corinth 3:5-6...15
    a) The Old Covenant Handwrittenin Letter stretches from Genesis to Revelation.
    b) The Old Covenant Bible is the Bible handwritten in Letter and if ministered in carnal human knowledge(s) kills souls.
    c) The New Covenant Bible is also handwritten in Letter from Genesis to Revelation, One must be enabled by God to Read it in His knowledge and wisdom.
    d) One's Soul must be resurrected from the Old Covenant Bible that kills Souls to the New Covenant Bible in order to be given eternal life.
    e) The Old Covenant Bible teaches historical earthly visible to human eyes things which are copies/shadows of the invisible to the human physical eye heavenly things but can be revealed to the mind by the New Covenant Bible. Heb 10:1-9.

    The Bible handwritten in black and white, in letter from Gen-Rev whenever is READ, INTERPRETED and TAUGHT in human limited knowledge of flesh using EARTHLY VISIBLE THINGS which are COPIES and SHADOWS of HEAVENLY INVISIBLE THINGS TO THIS DAY 2013 is REVEALED to be the OLD COVENANT BIBLE that condemns and kills souls, and HIDES HEAVENLY INVISIBLE THINGS FROM CARNAL KNOWLEDGE SOULS. 2 Corinth 3:5-6, Gal 4:21-24,25-28, 1 John 5:7-8,
    The Old Covenant Bible which is READ until this day is from the Book of Genesis to the end of the Book of Revelation. Heb 10:1-9,
  • Ben weaver for verse 6
    V.6 & following distinguishes between old and new testament (or covenants). The old, called the letter was engraved in stone, (probably the ten commandments). It killed, served death and condemnation and was to be done away with, and abolished. The new covenant is spiritual and gives life. It glows brighter in bringing us rightness, and will remain forever. This hope is of God and shall not be veiled, but spoken plainly and boldly. All these thoughts are found from V.5 to 13. Jesus is that life-giving spirit.
  • Ben Weaver for verse 6
    Ministers of the new testament / covenant, not of the letter, but of the spirit. Bible organizers and publishers have borrowed the phrase "new testament" to describe the added scriptures, after Malachi. This can be confusing since the Bible's definition of testament is a covenant or arrangment that only came into affect after the cross. See Heb. 9:15-17. The teachings of John the Baptist and Jesus to people who were still under the Moses covenant, were usually not new testament, although they at times adressed it. When Jesus told them to do whatever the Scribes and Pharisees bid them (Matt. 23:2), He was not teaching born-again Christians. Peter was not converted until after the resurrection. See Lu.22:32). To minister, means to serve so in that sense, we can all be ministers one to another. V.3 of this passage states, "You are the epistle (letter) of Christ...written, not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. May our Lord direct and bless.
  • Ben Weaver for verse 6
    Amen to Weslet's note. Bible writers borrowed the phrase "New Testament" to indicate the added portion of holy scripture. This can be confusing, since the Bible declares that the new testament only began after the cross (Heb. 9:17). The teachings of Jesus and John the Baptist to those still under the law were often not new testament. Unless they indicated, that which was to come i.e. "The kingdom of heaven is likened to" or "When the comforter is come" they were likely exposing the law as given to Moses. When Jesus told them to do whatever the Scribes and Pharisees bid them (Matt. 23:2-3), He was likely, not giving new testament instructions. Mixing the legal teachings of Jesus with the gospel teachings of his Apostles inspired by His Spirit, can cause confusion. Also, v. 3 of this passage states, "You are the epistle of Christ...written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God". Jesus did say, "Lo I am with you always". blessings!

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