Lest the Iudaical false Apostles should obiect againe that he praiseth himself, he saith
that the Corinthians are his commendation: and they in their harts being iustified by his
ministerie, he thereof inferreth that the Ministers of the new Testament as farre more glorious
then they of the old, 12. and our people more lightened then theirs.
1. BEGIN we againe to commend our-selues? or doe we need (as certaine) epistles of commendation to you, or from you?
2. Our epistle you are, written in our harts, which is knowen & read of al men:
3. being manifested that you are the epistle of Christ, ministred by vs, & written not with inke, but with the Spirit of the liuing God: not in tables of stone, but in the tables carnal of the hart.
4. And such confidence we haue by Christ to God:
5. not that we be sufficient to thinke any thing of our-selues, as of our-selues: but our sufficiencie is of God.
6. Who also hath made vs meet Ministers of the new Testament not in the letter, but in the Spirit. For the letter killeth: but the Spirit quickneth.
7. And if the ministration of death with letters figured in stones, was in glorie, so that the children of Israel could not behold the face of Moyses for the glorie of his countenance, that is made void;
8. how shal not the ministration of the Spirit be more in glorie?
9. For if the ministration of damnation be in glorie, much more the ministerie of iustice aboundeth in glorie.
10. For neither was it glorified, which in this part was glorious, by reason of the excelling glorie.
11. For is that which is made void, is by glorie: much more that which abideth, is in glorie.
12. Hauing therfore such hope, we vse much confidence:
13. and not as Moyses put a veile vpon his face, that the children of Israel might not behold his face, which is made void.
14. but their senses were dulled. For vntil this present day, the self-same veile in the lecture of the old Testament remaineth vnreuealed (because in Christ it is made void)
15. but vntil this present day, when Moyses is read, a veile is put vpon their hart.
16. But when he shal be conuerted to our Lord, the veile shal be taken away.
17. And our Lord is a Spirit. And where the Spirit of our Lord is, there is libertie.
18. But we al, beholding the glorie of our Lord with face reuealed, are transformed into the same image from glorie vnto glorie, as of our Lordes Spirit.