Ministers of the New Covenant 5: The Power of the Ministry

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

In order to clearly make the point that no human mediation can remove the veil over the gospel, and that no human being can create spiritual sight on behalf of God, Paul points to the creation of the world, and in particular to the creation of light.

There is only one who has the authority and power to create light in darkness, he reminds us. It is God. The same God who said “Let there be light” at the beginning of creation, now says “Let there be light” at the beginning of the new creation. In the next chapter this argument is drawn to its logical conclusion when Paul says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God…” (2 Cor 5:17)

The history of the Old Covenant begins with the very command that characterises the beginning of our participation in the New Covenant: “Let there be light!” The former was a creation of physical light, the latter of spiritual light. The miracle of removing the veil over the gospel, of delivering people from the god of this age who has blinded their minds, of allowing them to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, is the very miracle that took place at creation. The power needed to do so is the very power that was needed at the beginning of time. Darkness and light are separated with God’s recreation just as they were at his creation.

The implications of the above are rather stunning: If a preacher thinks he has the ability to remove the veil over the gospel, then such a preacher might just as well claim that he has the ability to create the universe.

Is this possible? Certainly not.

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