II. The Ministry of the New Covenant
A. Its Triumph and Effect
12 1Furthermore, when I came to aTroas for the gospel of Christ and a bdoor was open to me 2in the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my 1aspirit, for I did not find bTitus my brother; but taking leave of them, I went forth into 2cMacedonia.
14 But athanks be to God, who always 1leads 2us in btriumph in 3the Christ and manifests the 4csavor of the dknowledge of Him through 5us in every place.
15 For we 1are a afragrance of Christ to God in those who are being bsaved and in those who are cperishing:
16 To some a asavor out of death 1unto bdeath, and to the others a savor out of life 1unto clife. And who is 2dsufficient for these things?
17 For we are not like the many, 1aadulterating the word of God for profit; but as out of bsincerity, but as out of God, before God we 2speak in Christ.
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.