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1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.

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1 Deena E = "There were many in Corinth who openly opposed Paul and his ministry. In the those days, a letter of recommendation commonly accompanied a minister as a way to introduce them to the people in a certain region (see Acts 18:24-27). Those opposing Paul questioned his credibility and tried to cause others to doubt him asking where his letters of recommendation were."
2 Cary W = "Words and teachings are very useful, but the most potent of messages are the attitudes, actions and fruit witnessed of a devoted heart to God."
3 Sarah R = "The old covenant, as recorded in the Old Testament, was a covenant of letter and law. The new covenant established in Jesus gives life in the Spirit and in faith. The old covenant was impossible to keep as it required holiness and perfection before God. The new covenant requires faith in Jesus, who covers us in HIS holiness and presents us as perfect before God. The old covenant served as a foreshadowing of the new covenant."
4 Sarah R = "After God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on tablets of stone, he descended from the mountain and his face was so radiant that the people could not look at him. See Exodus 34 for the full story."
5 Sarah R = "See Exodus 34:35."
6 Sarah R = ""Drawing from Exodus 32–34, Paul uses Moses as a model of one who has been transformed by God’s glory, but in a limited way. Moses encountered God (the Lord) through the Spirit on that mountain, but the Spirit now—as a fulfillment of the new covenant—dwells in the hearts of believers and continually transforms them. This transformation is based on a new way of understanding God’s revelation: Jesus Himself, the One who reveals God’s glory, is the very image of God. Through this Spirit-enabled encounter, believers experience a new way of living and therefore come to resemble the Anointed One as they reflect His glory."- The Voice Study Bible Note for 2 Corinthians 3"
7 Cary W = "As His Spirit is given access through our surrender, He not only increases our liberty but works the Image of Christ into the very fabric of our being."
8 Deena E = ""beholding....are changed into the same image"Katoptrizō is the Greek verb of this expression "beholding as in a glass" or looking at one's reflection. Behold does not mean merely glancing, it means to intently stare or gaze, even to search out a matter with one's mind.  What Paul is saying here is the more we intently look at Jesus or behold His image, the more His image will be reflected in us. This takes place through the work of the Holy Spirit."