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June 16, 2005

2 Corinthians 3   

    Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

   You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

   being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

   Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

  Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but  our adequacy is from God,

   who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

   But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

   how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?

   For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.

   For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it.

   For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.

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