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2 Corinthians 3 states four times that the 10 commandments are abolished.

 A. Four times the 10 commandments are abolished!

  1. the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones ... abolished [fading] v7
  2. ministry of condemnation... abolished [fades away] v9,11
  3. the old covenant... is abolished [removed] in Christ, v14
  4. but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil [10 commandments] is abolished [taken away] v16

B. Its in the Greek!

Notice that the same word for abolished that Sabbatarians agree applies to what they like to call the ceremonial law, is applied not once, but FOUR TIMES in 2 Cor 3:7,11,13,14. The same word is used twice in Romans 7:2,6 and specifically applied to the 10 commandment law, "thou shalt not covet".


Eph 2

2 Cor 3

 Rom 7

(Strongs #2673)

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abolished v15

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done away, fades away v7,11,13,14

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released v2,6

C . Graphic outline of 2 Corinthians 3:

Old covenant

New covenant

"tablets of stone" (v. 3, 7)

"tablets of flesh" (v. 3)

"letter" (v. 6)

"Spirit" (v. 6)

"kills" (v. 6)

"gives life"(v.6)

"ministration of death &
condemnation" (v. 7, 9)

"ministration of Spirit righteousness"(v. 8, 9)

"glorious" (v. 7)

"much more glorious" (v. 11)

Abolished v7,11,13,14

Remains v11

D . No escape! No acceptable argument to counter!

  1. We have never heard an argument that explains away the blunt force of the passage to Sabbatarians!
  2. Adventists falsely argue: "There is much difference between the words 'ministration of death.' and 'the ten commandments. They come far short of being synonymous terms" (A. N. Dugger said to Curtis Porter in debate) In other words, he tries to disassociate, what the text firmly associates: ministration of death = 10 commandments. Merely reading the text dismisses this his argument.

    Col 2:14

    2 Cor 3:7

    having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

    But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face

    which was hostile to us

    ministry of death

    Sabbatarians have overlooked the fact that the 10 commandments were called a "ministry of death"

    What is the difference between "hostile to us" and "ministry of death"?


  4. Adventists falsely argue: "In Joshua 8:31, 32 the Lord gave instructions for Israel to erect an altar of whole stones and to offer their burnt offerings thereon, and also to write the law of Moses on these stones. Verse 31 reads: 'And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.' This was the law of Moses and not the ten commandments. God wrote the ten commandments with his own finger on tables of stone." (Exodus 31:18; Dent. 9:10). (A. N. Dugger said to Curtis Porter in debate) This shows the utter desparation of Sabbatians. But this false idea is quickly refuted, because the tables of stone in the context of 2 Cor 3 were the one's when Moses face shone on the mountain. In Josh 8:31, Moses was dead.

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