2 Corinthians 4

Author

Ernie Morales

Scripture

2 Corinthians 4

Observations

· Paul recognized that it was because of God’s mercy that he had that ministry
· He did not distort truth but spoke it plainly
· The gospel is veiled to the people who do not know Jesus
· Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel
· Paul continued to preach Jesus
· Paul uses the words “jars of clay” to describe followers of Christ and to show that this power is from God
· Paul goes on to describe what he’s been through and explains the why, which is that the life of Jesus may be revealed
· God raised Jesus from the dead and will do the same with us
· God’s grace is reaching more and more people
· Even though Paul was going though trials, he stated twice that he did not lose heart. He knew what his purpose was.
· Paul set his eyes on the eternal because he knew that everything here is temporary. He chose to focus on things that have eternal significance.

Application

A few things stand out to me as I read this chapter. First, I need to always recognize that I do what I do because of God’s mercy. It is simply because He chose me. I did nothing special and did not earn it. Second, in praying for people to know Jesus, I need to pray that the Lord would remove the veil so that they will see the light of the gospel. Third, as I go through trials, I need to fight to keep my focus on what God is asking me to do. I need to keep my focus on the eternal and not the temporary.

Prayer

Lord thank you for choosing me to do what you have me doing. It is because of Your mercy. You know the people that have been on my heart. I pray that you will remove the veil so that they see your light and they come to know You. I pray Lord that You would help me keep my focus on You and what You are asking me to do. Help me to keep my focus on the eternal. Help me to be Kingdom minded in all areas of my life. In Jesus name.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rob Schulze wrote:
amen... I agree Father, will you remove the veil and blinders from those family and friends in our lives so that they may understand the gospel and see Jesus. Father, it feels like the more secular our culture becomes the more thicker the veil over peoples minds so that they cannot see the gospel's light. Will you remove that veil in Jesus name?

I was encouraged by v. 5 that what "we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake." I'm thinking I'm to point people to Christ yet Paul goes on to say that Christ is also seen IN us...

v.6 - made his light shine IN our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory
v.7 - we have this treasure IN jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God
v.10 - We always carry around IN our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed IN our body
v. 11 - his life may also be revealed IN our mortal body.

Father, reveal yourself through us, your jars of clay, and help me to remember that I'm to be your light to others at all times in all places. I specifically ask that i would shine your light your my words and actions as a softball coach. In Jesus name. Amen

Wed, April 22, 2015 @ 6:07 AM

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