2 Corinthians Chapter 4

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Cost and Reward of the Gospel
  1. Because of this, we don’t lose heart (just as we received mercy in having this ministry).
  2. But we renounced the hidden things of shame; not walking in craftiness nor deceitfully corrupting[1]“deceitfully corrupting” is one word in Greek.  It properly refers to using deceptive bait to ensnare, like concealing a fishhook with a worm, and the resulting corruption that results from being ensnared. the word of God, but by manifestation of truth are commending ourselves to every conscience of men in the sight of God.
  3. But even if our gospel was – and is – veiled, it was – and is – veiled to the men who are perishing
  4. by the god of this age, who blinded the unbeliever’s minds so they won’t clearly see the light of the gospel of the glory of the Anointed, who is the image of God.
  5. For we don’t preach about ourselves, but about the Anointed Lord Jesus.  But we ourselves are your slaves for the sake of Jesus.
  6. For God is the One who said, “Out of darkness, light will shine”, who shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus the Anointed.
  7. And we have this treasure in earthen vessels so the surpassing power is God’s and not from us.
  8. In everything we’re being pressed, but not being crushed; being perplexed, but not despairing;
  9. Being persecuted, but not being abandoned; being struck down, but not being destroyed;
  10. Always carrying the death of Jesus in our body, so the life of Jesus might also be apparent in our body.
  11. For we – the men who live – are continually delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, so the life of Jesus might also be apparent in our mortal flesh.
  12. So then death works in us, but life in you.
  13. But having the same Spirit of faith according to what was – and is – written, “I believed, therefore I spoke[2]quotation/allusion to Psalm 116:10 we also believe, therefore we also speak,
  14. knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us through Jesus and will present us with you.
  15. For all things are for your sake, so thanksgiving might overflow to the glory of God through the grace which abounded to more men.
  16. Therefore, we don’t lose heart.  But indeed, our outward man decays but our inner man is renewed day by day.
  17. For our momentary, light persecution is producing for us an eternal[3]literally, “age-long” The Greek word here more properly refers to something that lasts for an age, or describes the quality of an age.  In classical Greek, it’s used to speak of the “age” of a man, meaning his lifespan.  It’s likely Paul is referring to the “age” of the New Heaven and New Earth, which is the only age that won’t end. weight of glory which is abundantly beyond measure.
  18. We aren’t keeping our eyes on the things we see, but on the things we don’t see.  For the things we see only last for a season; but the things we don’t see are eternal.[4]literally, “age-long” The Greek word here more properly refers to something that lasts for an age, or describes the quality of an age.  In classical Greek, it’s used to speak of the “age” of a man, meaning his lifespan.  It’s likely Paul is referring to the “age” of the New Heaven and New Earth, which is the only age that won’t end.

 

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