Understanding the Scriptures
|Abound, aboundeth (v. 5)||Plentifully supplied|
|Consolation (vv. 5–7)||Comfort|
|Pressed out of measure (v. 8)||Burdened beyond measure|
|Bestowed (v. 11)||Granted, given|
|Fleshly (v. 12)||Worldly|
|Was thus minded (v. 17)||Had made a plan|
|Yea and nay (vv. 17–19)||Yes and no|
|Earnest (v. 22)||Promise|
|Lest (vv. 3, 7)||For fear that|
|Overmuch (v. 7)||Excessive|
|Savour (vv. 14–16)||Sweet smell, odor|
|Commend, commendation (v. 1)||Recommend, recommendation|
|Ministration of death, ministration of condemnation (vv. 7–9)||Law of Moses|
|Ministration of the spirit, ministration of righteousness (vv. 8–9)||Fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ|
|Abolished (v. 13)||Removed, rendered idle|
|Vail (vv. 14–16)||That which blocks or limits vision and understanding|
|Glass (v. 18)||Mirror|
2 Corinthians 3:2–4—“Ye Are Our Epistle Written in Our Hearts”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “In the ultimate sense, the gospel is not written on tablets of stone or in books of scripture, but in the bodies of faithful and obedient persons; the saints are, thus, living epistles of the truth, the books of whose lives are open for all to read” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 2:414).
2 Corinthians 3:6—“The Letter Killeth, but the Spirit Giveth Life”
President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, taught: “Paul said, ‘The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.’ We are not only to avoid evil, not only to do good but, most important, to do the things of greatest worth. We are to focus on the inward things of the heart, which we know and value intuitively but often neglect for that which is trivial, superficial, or prideful” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1997, 75; or Ensign, Nov. 1997, 53).
President Ezra Taft Benson counseled: “In this work it is the Spirit that counts” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 98; or Ensign, May 1986, 77).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 2 Corinthians 1–3.
Write a Summary
Mortality brings difficulties. Even Jesus Christ had to suffer as part of His mortal experience. In 2 Corinthians 1:3–7 we learn about some of the blessings that can come as a result of our trials. As you read this passage, summarize each verse with a sentence in your own words.
What Would You Teach?
Your friend Roberta has become bitter toward her father, who was excommunicated from the Church. She asks you why she should forgive him.
Richard borrowed a car from your friend without asking. He wrecked it and does not have the money to make the repairs. He said he was sorry.
Complete the Sentences
As you read 2 Corinthians 3:2–18 and the “Understanding the Scriptures” section, look for ideas that complete the following sentences:
Saying that our epistles are written “in fleshly tables of the heart” means that …
The Spirit gives life to the gospel because …
Moses asked the people to cover their faces so they would not see God, but Jesus Christ …
When we follow Jesus Christ, our faces …
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