2 Corinthians 4
(1-6) The Light of the Gospel
Because the Gospel is of God, Paul does not lose heart in sharing it even though it is not always easy to do so. He, along with those who serve with him, refuse to damage the testimony of the Gospel by engaging in disgraceful, underhanded behavior or by tampering with God’s Word. We should also strive to have righteous behavior so that the light of the Gospel in our lives will not be dimmed. When unbelievers fail to understand the Gospel, Paul tells us that it is because Satan has blinded their minds to keep them from seeing and accepting the light and the truth of Jesus the Christ, who is the image of God. We should not get offended when unbelievers reject the Gospel. After all, we are not proclaiming ourselves, but Christ. When they reject the Gospel message, it is not we who they are rejecting, but Christ.
(7-18) Treasure in Jars of Clay
Everyday, in every way, believers experience affliction, perplexity, and persecution. Despite these difficulties, we are not crushed, forsaken, destroyed, or driven to despair, because the resurrection life of Christ is continually being manifested in us.
We speak of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ because we believe in the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Our faith is strengthened, encouraged, and emboldened each day because we know that the same God who raised Christ from the dead will also raise us and bring us into His glorious presence. The present difficulties and darkness of this world and our physical weakness often tempts us to lose heart, but we do not do so because our current afflictions are light compared with the weight of the eternal glory that is coming. All that we see now is transient, but the things we do not see are eternal. Let’s stay focused on eternal things.
Favorite verse: (18) As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.