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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.

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1 Sarah R = ""There is a constant temptation in the ministry to preach what people want to hear rather than what they need to hear. Sermons that confront a congregation with their spiritual shortcomings do not usually result in a pat on the back. Instead, they quite often yield criticism and hostility. David Wells argues that the pastoral task of brokering the truth of God to God's people has, for this very reason, largely fallen by the wayside in evangelicalism today (1993:1-14). To preach in a way that serves Christ and not people's egos takes courage. But it is easy to become disheartened when people turn a deaf ear to preaching that tells it like it is."- IVP New Testament Commentary Series, 2 Corinthians 4"
2 Sarah R = "Satan, who prowls like a lion (1 Peter 5:8), seeking to destroy believers and detour others from finding faith in Christ."
3 Sarah R = "The gospel that Paul preaches:"Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born." - 1 Corinthians 15:1-8"
4 Sarah R = ""In the Old Testament the glory of God was the bright light that surrounded the presence of God. It had led the people of Egypt as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21–22). Later, it had filled the tabernacle under Moses (Ex. 33:8–1340:34–38), and had then filled Solomon’s temple (1 Kin. 8:1011). But it departed from the temple in the time of Ezekiel because of the sins of the people (Ezek. 10:418,1911:23). It returned only in Jesus, who became flesh and dwelt among us. John says, “we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” (John 1:14). In contrast to the face of Moses, from which God’s glory faded (3:13), God’s glory forever shines brightly “in the face of Jesus Christ.”- Matthew Henry Commentary for 2 Corinthians 4:6"
5 Sarah R = "We are jars of clay! We were made from the dust by the hand and breath of God (Genesis 2:7), and we were formed in the hands of the Potter (Romans 9:21) as a vessel for God's Spirit to live and work within us (1 Corinthians 6:19). "Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand" (Isaiah 64:8)."
6 Sarah R = "Consider these verses:Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."Philippians 1:21 "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.""
7 Cary W = "Because we have been so joined to the Lord Jesus in life, we receive His blessings, yet we also get to fulfill the completion of His sufferings unto all His enemies be brought under His feet."
8 Sarah R = ""Delivered unto death" has two meanings - a physical and a spiritual. Physically they faced persecution, physical punishments and the threat of death for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore they were suffering physically, just as Jesus did while on Earth. Spiritually, they die to that which is of human nature - to sin and to sin's desires, in order to live a holy life for God that serves as an example of Christ to non-believers."
9 Sarah R = "A quote from Psalms 116:10."
10 Sarah R = "Paul defended the doctrine of the resurrection of believers to the Corinthians previous, as seen in 1 Corinthians 15:12-20: 12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. "
11 Sarah R = "Though our physical body is failing us, our "inner man", that is the spirit or soul, is being renewed through God's spirit every day as we await an eternity with Him in Heaven."
12 Cary W = "As we learn to listen and see in the Spirit, the things of this world become less important for we realize the eternal things live within us; all things in the outer world are temporal and will pass."
13 Deena E = ""light affliction" vs. "weight of glory"Although, Paul describes the adversity and opposition he was facing, he also encouragingly writes how he is able to cope. With his eyes fixed on the eternal he says--our affliction (sufferings, persecution, troubles, perplexity) is light and momentary, but it produces an eternal glory which has a weight to it that exceeds far beyond the suffering. "
14 Cary W = "It is only as we loose our minds from the things of the world, and enter the silence of His Presence, are we able to develop inner or spiritual sight and thus perceive spiritual realities, visions and revelations, which are eternal, pure and life giving.Then we become beacons for God, extending all the love poured into those silent moments to the hungry and thirsty around us."