2 Corinthians 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 3:11, NIV: And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

2 Corinthians 3:11, ESV: For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

2 Corinthians 3:11, KJV: For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

2 Corinthians 3:11, NASB: For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.

2 Corinthians 3:11, NLT: So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!

2 Corinthians 3:11, CSB: For if what was set aside was glorious, what endures will be even more glorious.

What does 2 Corinthians 3:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has been comparing the old and new covenants between God and His people. The old covenant was God's agreement to bless Israel to the degree they kept the law of Moses. What it revealed, though, was that human beings cannot keep God's law because of our inescapable sin. The old covenant did reveal the glory of God, but it also showed that people cannot reach God's glory (Romans 3:23). That covenant is fading away, Paul has written, in the same way that God's reflected glory faded from Moses' face after he spent time with God.

The new covenant offers God's glory to people for free through faith in Christ's perfect life and death for their sins. The glory of this agreement between God and humanity is permanent because it is given by God out of His grace and mercy and is not based on human performance. The glory of this covenant far outshines the glory of the old covenant.