Vs. 3, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” It seems some of the Corinthians were challenging Paul’s ministry because they did not have official letters of commendation from the Jerusalem church. Perhaps some teachers had arrived with letters in the past and Paul had not. But Paul is quick to point out that pen & paper, inscription & stone are really nothing…they were focused on the seen rather than the unseen. Paul would use their folly to take some time to show them the relationship between the old law (written word) and the new Covenant (written on our hearts). The Corinthian Christians were the very tablet that Paul was writing on! Their lives would validate the ministry that God had given Paul.
Regarding application…Unveiled Hearts. Vs. 15-16, “Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” The Israelites were blessed with God’s glory and the glory shown through Moses…but that glory tied to the law was a fading glory…for a better glory would shine through the Grace of Jesus! While Moses in fear that the glory of his face might not shine as bright, might have kept the veil on so as to keep the Israelites faith in him…we do not have to worry about putting up veils or masks! We come and open our hearts and let others see that our hearts no longer belong to us…but it is Jesus’ glory that shines brightly in our hearts! The more we strive to live for the Lord, the more we reflect Jesus’ glory (vs.18).