THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
B. Its Function and Competency
1 Are we beginning again to acommend ourselves? Or do we need, as some do, bletters of commendation to you or from you?
2 You are 1our aletter, inscribed in 2our hearts, known and read by all men,
3 Since you are being manifested that you are a 1letter of Christ 2ministered by us, inscribed not with ink but 3with the aSpirit of the bliving God; not in ctablets of stone but in tablets of 4dhearts of flesh.
4 And such aconfidence we have through Christ toward God,
5 Not that we are 1asufficient of ourselves to 2account anything as from ourselves; but our 3sufficiency is bfrom God,
6 Who has also made us asufficient as bministers of a cnew covenant, ministers not of the 1letter but of the 2dSpirit; for the 3letter kills, but the 4eSpirit gives life.
C. Its Glory and Superiority
7 Moreover if the 1ministry of adeath, engraved in bstone in letters, came about in 2cglory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to gaze at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, a glory which was being done away with,
8 How shall the 1aministry of the bSpirit not be more in 2glory?
9 For if there is glory with the ministry of 1acondemnation, much more the ministry of 2brighteousness 3abounds with glory.
10 For also that which has been 1glorified 2in this respect 3has not been glorified on account of the surpassing glory.
11 For if that which was 1being done away with was 2through aglory, much more that which remains is in bglory.
III. The Ministers
of the New Covenant
A. Constituted by and with the Lord
as the Life-giving and Transforming Spirit
12 Therefore since we have such 1hope, we use much 2aboldness,
13 And are not like Moses, who put a aveil on his face so that the sons of Israel would not gaze 1at the end of that which was being done away with.
14 But their 1athoughts were bhardened; for until the present day the same veil remains at the creading of the old covenant, 2it not being unveiled to them that the veil is being done away with in Christ.
15 Indeed unto this day, whenever 1Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart;
16 But whenever 1their heart turns to the Lord, the aveil is taken away.
17 1And the 2Lord is the 3aSpirit; and where the 4bSpirit of the Lord is, there is 5cfreedom.
18 1But 2we all with 3unveiled face, 4abeholding and reflecting like a 5bmirror the 6cglory of the Lord, are 7being dtransformed into the 8same eimage 9from glory to fglory, even as 10from the 11Lord Spirit.