1 Are we starting to boast about ourselves again? Do we need letters of introduction to you or from you, like some other people? 2 You yourselves are our letter. That letter is written on our hearts. It is known and read by all people. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ that he sent through us. This letter is not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. It is not written on stone tablets. It is written on human hearts. 4 We can say these things, because through Christ we feel sure before God. 5 I don’t mean that we are able to say that we can do anything ˻good˼ ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do. 6 God made us able to be servants of a new agreement ˻from God to his people˼. This new agreement is not a written law. It is of the Spirit. The written law brings death, but the Spirit gives life. 7 The old agreement ˻(the law)˼ that brought death was written with words on stone. It came with ˻God’s˼ glory. The face of Moses was so bright with glory that the people of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼ could not continue looking at his face. And that glory later disappeared. 8 So surely the new agreement that brings the Spirit has even more glory. 9 This is what I mean: That old agreement judged people guilty of sin, but it had glory. So surely the new agreement that makes people right with God has much greater glory. 10 That old agreement had glory. But it really loses its glory when it is compared to the much greater glory ˻of the new agreement˼. 11 If the agreement that disappeared came with glory, then the agreement that continues forever has much greater glory. 12 We have this hope, so we are very brave. 13 We are not like Moses. He put a covering over his face. Moses covered his face so that the people of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼ would not see it. The glory ˻(brightness)˼ was disappearing, and Moses did not want them to see it end. 14 But their minds were closed—they could not understand. Even today that same covering hides the meaning when they ˻(the Jews)˼ read the writings of the old agreement. That covering has not been removed. It is taken away only through Christ. 15 But even today, when these people read the law of Moses, there is a covering over their minds. 16 But when a person changes and follows the Lord, that covering is taken away. 17 The Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory. We are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory. This glory comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.