2 Corinthians 4:5-6 NASB..5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
V.5 Paul did not preach about himself but the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord means that He is Creator and Sustainer of the universe and supreme over it including His current Disciples. [A & B] Jesus said “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” [C] Jesus refers to the historical person who lived on earth, was crucified, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Christ means “Messiah,” the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy about the 1st coming of Jesus. Those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord accept His lordship and have become His loyal, and obedient servants. Paul was the servant of Jesus; he would therefore serve others for Jesus sake because that was his Master’s bidding.
6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
V.6 God’s creative work began by calling forth the light: “darkness was over the surface… Let there be light” [D]. Also God called forth the light of the gospel into Paul’s and our spiritual darkness: God “has shone in our hearts.“ “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” [E]. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” [F]
Paul received revelation about God’s glory directly from Jesus since none of the New Testament had been written at that time. [G] We can receive the same revelation today from scripture and the Holy Spirit for salvation and spiritual growth. [H]
When Disciples embrace the Person and presence of Jesus they begin to experience growth in the life-changing glory of God one day at a time.
What do you think of Paul’s comparing the original creation of light to the light God sends into someone’s life at conversion? Are you growing spiritually every day? Would your friends say you desire for Jesus to be Lord every day? What does it mean for believers today to proclaim Jesus exclusively?
Notes: A- Colossians 1:15-17; B- The “Word” in this scripture is Jesus the Creator, John 1:1-3; C- Luke 6:46; D- Genesis 1:2-3; E- 2 Corinthians 5:17; F- John 8:12; 9:5; G- Galatians 1:12, 16-19; H- Romans 10:17, John 17:22-23, 2 Peter 1:3, John 14:26,16:13-14,Ephesians 3:16, Romans 8:26, Be filled by the Spirit;
Henry Luke 5/8/2018
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