Paul begins 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 with a discussion about the new ministry that the Lord has given through His grace and mercy. This is the one where believers no longer have a veil to cover their heads in a spiritual sense.
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Teaching the Word Plainly
Paul told the church in Corinth that he did not try to use trickery or shameful ways to do God’s work. He said being honest and straightforward was the best way people could see their hearts and their willingness to work for God.
Clay Jars and Treasures
Paul compared himself and other people working for God as clay jars that hold the treasure of the Holy Spirit. He said this was so people could see god’s amazing power clearly. He went on to say that Jesus shines through believers through the works that they do.
Sharing the Gospel
They share the same spirit and know who the true God is. Believers are doing their part in sharing the Gospel, and letting others know more about Jesus. Because of this, more and more people were starting to see the glory of God and believe in Christ.
Keeping Faith through Suffering
Paul said that those who are in the body should not lose heart. Regardless of the suffering that they are going through, he encouraged them to press on because the troubles that everyone faces are merely temporary and nothing to be scared of.
Paul explained that the light would shine through the darkness and those who were with Christ would overcome. This is only done through eternal glory that is from God. Paul told believers to fix their eyes on what is not seen because those are the things that are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4 (King James Version)
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.