A Disciples purpose is to reveal the glory of God –

2 Corinthians 4:13-15 NASB..13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,

V.13 Paul quoted a line from Psalm 116:10: “I believed, therefore I spoke.” [A] The entire Psalm, tells of affliction and suffering yet also rescue and thanksgiving for deliverance. The psalmist, like Paul, experienced both the possibility of death and life and he focused on belief in God. Thus, Paul claimed to have the same spirit of faith as the psalmist, because both trusted in God “we also believe, and therefore speak.” [v.13c]

14 knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.

V.14 Paul turned to confidence about his future life in the presence of Jesus forever. Those who are united with Jesus in His death are also united to Him in His resurrection [B]. Paul was certain of his and the Corinth Disciples future resurrection—“us with you”—will be raised. All believers in Jesus by grace through faith not of works may be confident of their future resurrection. [Ephesians 2:8-9]

15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

V.15 Paul served the Lord for reasons outside himself. First, horizontally: through his ministry more and more people experienced God’s grace through the gospel. It was more important for others to come to faith in Christ than for Paul to experience a life of comfort and pleasure. Second, vertically. His ultimate purpose in life was to glorify God. Thus, when more people were saved, this would cause thanksgiving to increase in their prayers, which displayed God’s glory. Paul understood that God’s purpose for Disciples is to reveal the glory of God.

How did Paul define success for himself?  How should believers understand success in this life? Am I more concerned about comfort and pleasure or my life revealing the glory of God?

Notes: A- Psalms 116:10a NKJV; B- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18;

Henry Luke 5/12/2018

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