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The Lord Is the Spirit: Dealing with 2 Corinthians 3

One of the most confusing passages in the New Testament epistles has got to be 2 Corinthians 3. This is one of the chapters that seems to say that Yeshua changed the Torah, and it has recently gotten attention in Biblical Unitarian circles with the statement that “The Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Some BU scholars have argued from 1 Corinthians 15:45 that Yeshua is the Holy Spirit. The argument is that the old covenant, “carved in letters on stone”, is superseded by the ministry of the Spirit (that is, Yeshua)—to the effect that the Torah is no longer relevant to the lives of believers because we have a better covenant which is through the Messiah rather than obedience to the Law of God. I intend to express an alternate understanding of this perspective. As usual, my base translation is the ESV.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on ou…