2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NASB..7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
In Paul’s illustration, the point was not to keep the treasure hidden, but rather to contrast the value of the gospel with the weakness of the gospel messengers. God has seen to it that humans, with physical bodies subject to sickness and lives fraught with trouble and sin, were His instruments. He did this so that the instruments might not be praised for their greatness, cleverness, and power, but that all will recognize God as the source of this great power.
8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
Vv.8-9 Paul used contrasting pairs, with the first element describing his human weakness and the second element showing the results of God’s power. This demonstrates living as followers of Jesus in this present evil age:
|Earthen vessels (Paul; believers)||Results of Treasure (Power of God)|
|Afflicted in every way||Not crushed|
|Struck down||Not destroyed|
2 Corinthians 4:10-12 NASB..10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death works in us, but life in you. * manifested is to reveal
Three times Paul noted his constant experience with death [underlined above]. He was constantly aware of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. If Jesus had been given over to death, then it was no surprise for His followers to endure sufferings repeatedly.
Jesus was crucified but resurrected. Paul experienced the resurrection life of Jesus throughout his ministry; as he waited for his own final resurrection. Three times in this passage he noted his understanding of this kind of life [bolded above].
Is the glory of Jesus being revealed in my life every day at my expense with no expectation of merit for me?
Henry Luke 5/9/2018
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