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Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:1 commend ourselves. The false teachers had ingratiated themselves to the Christian church by showing recommendations from other churches, and no doubt would request such letters from Corinth when they decided to leave. But Paul reminds them that he needed no such letters. The Corinthian believers themselves were his “epistles,” for they were his own children in the faith.

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