Are we starting to recommend ourselves again? Or do we, like some, need letters of recommendation either to you or from you?
You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.
You make it clear that you are a letter from the Messiah placed in our care, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on human hearts.
Such is the confidence we have through the Messiah toward God.
It is not that we are competent in ourselves to count anything as having come from us; on the contrary, our competence is from God.
He has even made us competent to be workers serving a New Covenant, the essence of which is not a written text but the Spirit. For the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
Now if that which worked death, by means of a written text engraved on stone tablets, came with glory - such glory that the people of Isra'el could not stand to look at Moshe's face because of its brightness, even though that brightness was already fading away -
won't the working of the Spirit be accompanied by even greater glory?