Bible: 2 Cor. 3:4-18
3:4 Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. 3:5 Not that we are adequate 1 in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy 2 is from God, 3:6 who made us adequate 3 to be servants of a new covenant 4 not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The Greater Glory of the Spirit’s Ministry
3:7 But if the ministry that produced death – carved in letters on stone tablets 5 – came with glory, so that the Israelites 6 could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face 7 (a glory 8 which was made ineffective), 9 3:8 how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be? 10 3:9 For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, 11 how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness 12 excel 13 in glory! 3:10 For indeed, what had been glorious now 14 has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. 15 3:11 For if what was made ineffective 16 came with 17 glory, how much more has what remains 18 come in glory! 3:12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness, 19 3:13 and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites 20 from staring 21 at the result 22 of the glory that was made ineffective. 23 3:14 But their minds were closed. 24 For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. 25 It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away. 26 3:15 But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, 27 3:16 but when one 28 turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 29 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, 30 there is freedom. 3:18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, 31 are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, 32 which is from 33 the Lord, who is the Spirit. 34