LEARNING ACTIVITY #29A
The Apostle Paul's Theme of "Dying" & Covenantal Change
When reading the inspired material written by the Apostle Paul where he uses
the word "dying," a person can be led in a number of interpretive directions.
In this Learning Activity we shall explore an interpretation that seems to me to
be the most logical and consistent when considering Paul's statements in the context
of all of his writings. Our area of study will be focused on Paul's dying and crucifixion
1. Romans 6:6 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
From the verse above where or when does Paul seem to indicate that he was crucified?
Galatians 2:20 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
In the verse above, where does Paul indicate that his crucifixion took place? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
1 Corinthians 15:31 __________________________________________________________________________________________________
In the Corinthian verse above, how often does Paul say that he dies? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2 Corinthians 4:10 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
What significant statement does Paul make about dying in the verse above? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What does Paul say happens in the Second Corinthian verse above when he dies daily?
From all of the above what conclusions can you make about what Paul is writing about?
Read 2 Corinthians 3:6-14.
12. In verse six of the above passage, what does
Paul say that he has been made a minister of? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What is Paul referring to when he speaks of "...the ministration of death,
written and engraven in stones..." in verse seven? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What is Paul referring to in verse eight? _______________________________________________________________________________
What is Paul referring to in verse nine when he says, "...the ministration
of condemnation...?" __________________________________
What word does Paul use to describe the Old Covenant in verse nine? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What is Paul referring to in verse nine when he uses the words, "...ministration
of righteousness...?" _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
How does Paul describe the New Covenant in verse nine? _________________________________________________________________
What is Paul drawing contrast between in verse ten? _____________________________________________________________________
In verse eleven, what is "...that which is done away with...?" ______________________________________________________________
In verse eleven what is it that "...remaineth...?" _________________________________________________________________________
In verse thirteen, what is Paul referring to when he states that, "...Israel
could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished?" __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In verse fourteen, the word "testament" in the KJV should be translated
"covenant." What does Paul say takes the veil away so that Israel
could now see the end of the Old Covenant? __________________________________________________________________________
In verse sixteen, what does Paul say is necessary for Israel to see the end of the
Old Covenant? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
scriptures above clearly indicate that Paul is specifically writing about covenantal
change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.
25. 2 Corinthians 4:12 __________________________________________________________________________________________________
the verse above we see that Paul's theme of dying continues in this chapter. The
challenge of this verse is that Paul has death and life taking place at the same
time! What can he possibly be referring to? I believe that what Paul is saying is
that the death of the apostles to the Old Covenant results in the bringing in of
life of the New Covenant to the Corinthian believers.
What does this "death"
consist of that Paul talks about doing on a daily basis? It is dying to the Old Covenant
way of life and its beliefs. What kinds of "baggage" did Paul carry as
a result of the Old Covenant that he needed to die to?
on the eighth day"
"of the stock of Israel"
"of the tribe
"an Hebrew of the Hebrews"
"touching the law,
"persecuting the church"
is in the law, blameless"
(Philippians 3:5, 6)
things were given to me, those I counted loss for Christ, yea doubtless, and I count
all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for
whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may
win Christ and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the
law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of
Christ by faith." Philippians 3:7-9
This was the death and dying
that Paul spoke of. Although it took place at the cross as Christ ushered in the
New Covenant, Paul had to die daily to this way of life and belief so that he and
his converts could enter into the provisions of the New Covenant that were ushered
in by the cross event.
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