He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness--
Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
I was made a servant of this [gospel] by the gift of God's grace that was given to me by the working of His power.
This grace was given to me-- the least of all the saints!-- to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah,
About virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I do give an opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. Since it was out of ignorance that I had acted in unbelief, I received mercy,
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
we faint not
Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.
Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall,
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up.
So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won't grow weary and lose heart.
You also possess endurance and have tolerated [many things] because of My name, and have not grown weary.