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.