The Glory Of The New Covenant
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again?
Or do we need, like some people,
Letters of Recommendation to you or from you?
2 YOU YOURSELVES ARE OUR LETTER,
WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS,
KNOWN AND READ BY EVERYBODY.
3 YOU SHOW THAT YOU ARE A LETTER FROM CHRIST,
THE RESULT OF OUR MINISTRY,
WRITTEN NOT WITH INK
BUT WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD,
NOT ON TABLETS OF STONE
BUT ON TABLETS OF HUMAN HEARTS.
4 Such Confidence as this is ours
THROUGH CHRIST BEFORE GOD.
5 Not that we are Confident to claim anything for ourselves,
BUT OUR COMPETENCE COMES FROM GOD.
6 HE MADE US COMPETENT AS MINISTERS
OF A NEW COVENANT--
NOT OF THE LETTER BUT OF THE SPIRIT;
FOR THE LETTER KILLS, BUT THE SPIRIT GIVE LIFE.
7 Now if the Ministry that brought Death,
Which was engraved in letters on Stone,
Came with Glory,
So that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses
Because of its Glory, Fading though it was,
8 WILL NOT THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT
BE EVEN MORE GLORIOUS?
9 If the Ministry that Condemns men is Glorious,
HOW MUCH MORE GLORIOUS IS THE MINISTRY
THAT BRING RIGHTEOUSNESS!
10 FOR WHAT WAS GLORIOUS
HAS NO GLORY NOW IN COMPARISON
WITH THE SURPASSING GLORY.
11 AND IF WHAT WAS FADING AWAY
CAME WITH GLORY,
HOW MUCH GREATER IS THE GLORY
OF THAT WHICH LASTS!
12 THEREFORE, SINCE WE HAVE SUCH A HOPE,
WE ARE VERY BOLD.
13 We are not like Moses,
Who put a veil over his face
To keep the Israelites from gazing at it
While the Radiance as Fading away.
14 BUT THEIR MINDS WERE MADE DULL,
FOR TO THIS DAY THE SAME VEIL REMAINS
WHEN THE OLD COVENANT IS READ.
IT HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED,
BECAUSE ONLY IN CHRIST IS IT TAKEN AWAY.
15 EVEN TO THIS DAY WHEN MOSES IS READ,
A VEIL COVERS THEIR HEARTS.
16 BUT WHENEVER ANYONE TURNS TO THE LORD,
THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY.
17 NOW THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT,
AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS,
THERE IS FREEDOM.
18 AND WE, WHO WITH UNVEILED FACES
ALL REFLECT THE LORD'S GLORY,
ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS
WITH EVER-INCREASING GLORY,
WHICH COMES FROM THE LORD,
WHO IS THE SPIRIT.
(2 Corinthians 3)