Creflo Dollar — The Unseen Partner
2 Corinthians chapter 3. All right, take a deep breath, love, okay, ready? All right, verse 5. He said, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think that anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency," our sufficiency, "are from God."
How many agree with that? "Our sufficiency is from God." The Amplified says, "Not that we are fit or qualified or sufficient in ability of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or to count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God." Glory be to God.
All right, now verse 6. He says, "Who also," this is the Holy Spirit. "Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament." The same God who has given us sufficiency and ability to do all the things we can do because we know that the sufficiency that we have is not of us but of him. He's also made us able ministers of this new covenant, of this New Testament. He says, "I've made you able."
The sufficiency that comes from the Holy Spirit is same one who's made you able and sufficient to be ministers of this new covenant, "not of the letter," not of the letter, not of the letter of the legal written code, "but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit gives life."
In this, you're gonna see him try to convince you that he's a real person and you're about to see a comparison between the stones with writing on it and the real person of the Holy Ghost who will enable you and give you the sufficiency you need that you couldn't get with a piece of stone with writing on it.
All right, now before I begin so you won't sit up there and debate the whole time, go to 1 Timothy. Hold your place there in 2 Corinthians. Go to 1 Timothy, verse 8. Now the law still has a place today. It still does something.
Look at verse 8: "But we know that the law is good if a man use it lawfully." Or if you use it for the purpose for which it was sent.
And listen to what he says: "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man," the law is not made for a righteous man, "but for the lawless and the disobedient, for the ungodly, for the sinners, for the unholy, for the profane, for the murderers of fathers, for the murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for the perjured person, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine."
So the law, it still has a purpose in the earth for people who are still living by their sufficiency, for people who are still trying to do what they do, for all those who have not yet come to the end of themselves, for all of those who are still dependent on their self effort and their work to qualify before God, for those who've not yet received Jesus and his blood and what he's already done, the law is still in place. But not for the righteous.
Are you listening to what I'm saying? Not for the righteous. There's been this ongoing thing about, you know, "God, now that I'm born again, you know, do I still need to abide by the things of the law?" See, what you don't understand is a living holy God will take care of all of that and so write it on your heart you can follow a real person and not the writing on stone. Now watch what he says here.
Go back to 2 Corinthians 3. Let's pick it up there. I'm sure some of you thought, "Oh my God, he's speaking on something else instead of grace." Not gonna let go with this. It's right back there. Watch this. Verse 8: "How shall not the ministration of the Spirit..."
Oh, no, go to verse 7. We can't miss verse 7: "But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones". All right, what was written and engraven in stones? Huh? The Ten Commandments, right? "For the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones."
Well, that's exactly what the Ten Commandments was given for, to bring to death yourself, to bring you to the end of yourself, to bring you to an end of you trusting your sufficiency, not being open to the sufficiency that comes from him.
Now, look what he says: "But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away with".
Now he says it was glorious. Man, for what it was sent to do, he says, this thing "was inaugurated with such glory and splendor that the benefits were not able to even look steadfastly on the face of Moses because of the brilliance of that glory that was to fade away and that was to pass away." So he's comparing dispensation.
In fact, one translation uses the word "dispensation." Under that dispensation it was awesome. It was called to do what it was supposed to do under that dispensation. But he said, "Now, we got another one we gotta look at." And look what he says here in verse 8: "For how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?"
Listen to this. "Why should not the dispensation of the Spirit [this spiritual ministry whose task it is to cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit]," to cause men to be governed by the Holy Spirit. That's his task. The ministration of the Spirit is to cause men to be governed by the Holy Spirit.
We're concerned about, "Well, if you throw away the law you're gonna be acting bad." You don't understand. If you have the Holy Spirit, you're gonna go to a level that you could have never achieved under the law. You think by leaving this, you just go' act the fool. The Holy Ghost will usher the fool out of you.