“Since we have such a hope, we are very bold …” (v12). When Moses came down from the mountain with the ten commandments written on stone tablets, his face shone with “glory,” yet that glory faded. Paul said that if the old covenant had such glory, the new “ministry of righteousness” based on Jesus must far exceed it (v9). That old covenant is over, and our hope is in the new, permanent relationship we have with God through Jesus (v10-11).
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (v17). We have freedom and confidence to approach God “with unveiled faces” because Jesus has made us holy (v18).