The Letter and the Spirit — David Browder

Letter-spiritSermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, September 7, 2014, by the Rev’d David Browder.

David Browder is the Rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, Texas.

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:4

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ towards God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.