2 Corinthians 3
Lest their false teachers should charge him with vain glory, he sheweth the faith and graces of the Corinthians to be a sufficient commendation of his ministry.
2 Corinthians 3:1 We begyn to prayse oure selues agayne, Nede we as some other, of Epistles of recommendacyon vnto you or letters of recommendacion from you? 2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are oure epistle wrytten in oure hertes, which is vnderstande and red of all men, 2 Corinthians 3:3 for asmoch as ye declare that ye are the epistle of Christ, mynistred by vs and wrytten, not with ynke: but with the sprete of the lyuynge God not in tables of stone, but in flesshy tables of the hert. 2 Corinthians 3:4 Suche trust haue we thorow Christ to God ward, 2 Corinthians 3:5 not that we are sufficient of oure selues to thynke eny thyng, as of our selues: but yf we be able vnto any thinge þe same commeth of God,
Whereupon entering a comparison between the ministers of the Law and of the Gospel,
2 Corinthians 3:6 which hath made vs able to mynister the newe testament, not of the letter, but of the sprete. For the letter kylleth, but the sprete geueth lyfe. 2 Corinthians 3:7 If the ministracyon of deeth thorow the letters fygured in stones, was glorious, so þt the chyldren of Israel coulde not beholde the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenaunce (whych glory is done awaye) 2 Corinthians 3:8 why shall not the ministracyon of the sprete be moch more gloryous? 2 Corinthians 3:9 For yf the ministringe of condemnacyon be glorious: moch more doth the ministracyon of ryghtewesnes exceade in glory. 2 Corinthians 3:10 For no dout that whych was there glorifyed, is not once glorifyed in respecte of this exceadynge glory. 2 Corinthians 3:11 For yf that which is destroyed was glorious, moch more that which remayneth, is glorious.
he proveth that his ministry is so far the more excellent, as the gospel of life and liberty is more glorious than the law of condemnation.
2 Corinthians 3:12 Seyng then that we haue soch trust, we vse great boldnes, 2 Corinthians 3:13 & do not as Moses, which put a vayle ouer his face, that the chyldren of Israel shuld not se for what purpose that serued which is put awaye. 2 Corinthians 3:14 But their myndes were blinded. For vntyll this daye remayneth the same coueringe vntaken awaye in the lecture of the olde testament, whych vayle shalbe put awaye in Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:15 But euen vnto this daye when Moses is redde the vayle hangeth before their hertes. 2 Corinthians 3:16 Neuerthelesse when they tourne to the Lord, the vayle shalbe taken awaye. 2 Corinthians 3:17 The Lorde no dout is a sprete. And where þe sprete of the Lord is, there is libertie. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all beholde in a myrroure the glorye of þe Lorde with his face open, and are chaunged vnto þe same similitude, from glory to glory, euen as of the sprete of the Lorde.