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Vos Group Excursus: The More Excellent Ministry

Danny Olinger, Lane Tipton, and Camden Bucey discuss Geerhardus Vos’s sermon, “The More Excellent Ministry” from 2 Corinthians 3:18. This sermon is included in Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached at Princeton Theological Seminary. In this sermon, Vos proclaims the good news of the consummate and unfading glory of Christ’s new covenant ministry and its implications for the church this side of Christ’s death and resurrection.


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 04:21 The Polemical Context of 2 Corinthians 3
  • 10:59 The New Covenant Ministry
  • 17:08 2 Corinthians 2:14–17 and Christ’s Triumph
  • 28:06 Transitory vs. Eternal
  • 31:32 Covered vs. Uncovered
  • 34:54 The Function of Moses’ Veil
  • 40:13 New Covenant Ministry Is Bound Up with Christ
  • 42:28 A Ministry of Abundant Forgiveness and Righteousness
  • 50:08 The Transforming Power of the New Covenant
  • 53:39 Conclusion

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