New Covenant Ministry
1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we, like some, need letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by all people, 3revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.
4Now we possess such confidence through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6who also makes us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7But if the ministry of death in letters carved on stone came with glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look intently into the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, which was transitory, 8how will the ministry of the Spirit not be even more with glory? 9For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, by much more will the ministry of righteousness overflow with glory. 10For indeed what had been glorified has not been glorified in this case, on account of the glory that surpasses it. 11For if what was transitory came with glory, by much more what remains is with glory.
12Therefore, because we#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“have”) which is understood as causal have such a hope, we use much boldness, 13and not as Moses used to place a veil over his face, in order that the sons of Israel would not stare at the end of what was transitory. 14But their minds were hardened. For until this very day, the same veil remains upon the reading of the old covenant, not being uncovered, because it is done away with in Christ. 15But until today, whenever Moses is read aloud, a veil lies upon their heart, 16but whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, with unveiled face, reflecting#Or “contemplating” the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory into glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.