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The Light of God's Glory in Us

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Introduction

2 Corinthians 4 CSB
Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up. Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful things, not acting deceitfully or distorting the word of God, but commending ourselves before God to everyone’s conscience by an open display of the truth. But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our body. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’s sake, so that Jesus’s life may also be displayed in our mortal flesh. So then, death is at work in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith in keeping with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak. For we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you. Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Paul’s sufferings - The Lord showed him at the beginning how much he must suffer. ()
Plotted to kill him in Damascus and Jerusalem
Drove him out of Antioch
Attempted to stone him in Iconium and did stone him and left for dead in Lystra
They beat him and imprisoned him in Philippi
He was mobbed in Thessalonica and was driven out of Berea
He was plotted against in Corinth and again plotted against his death after his second epistle
He was almost killed in Ephesus and almost again in jerusalem if not for the Romans.
Imprisoned for 4 years, 2 in Caesarea and 2 in Rome
He had many other beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, and many other deprivations and sufferings
Finally executed as a criminal in Rome
Paul’s sufferings were much, but He knew that he wouldn’t be done here until Christ was done with him being a witness (Greek Martus or Martyr)
2 Corinthians 11:23–28 CSB
Are they servants of Christ? I’m talking like a madman—I’m a better one: with far more labors, many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, many times near death. Five times I received the forty lashes minus one from the Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, and dangers among false brothers; toil and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and without clothing. Not to mention other things, there is the daily pressure on me: my concern for all the churches.
2 corinthians

The Light of the Gospel

The unveiled Gospel of Mercy (Vs 1 - 3)
Our call to this ministry of the Gospel of Mercy
Once you come to Jesus, this life becomes a ministry.
Alan Redpath puts it this way “Just as a rug is laid down on the floor, so a man who has met God in the face of Jesus Christ begins to lay down his life in the service of Christ of others.”
We no longer live for ourselves but we live for Christ and His purposes, no longer for our purposes
The veiled Gospel to the unbelievers (vs 4)
I was once in darkness but God revealed His light in us which created life in me.
The Light of God’s Glory in us (vs 5 - 6)
The same light that God declared into being in is the same light that He gave into our hearts. We can share it with others because we first have first hand knowledge of God’s glory as we see it in Christ Jesus who is in us.
It is the light of God’s glory which we see God’s glory greater than Moses did.
It represents the light of God’s law which is perfect
It represents the light of God Himself, in His righteousness
Now through Christ, He has made you righteous
It is the light of God’s glory which we see God’s glory greater than Moses did.
Through God’s grace, we have His glory in us, His perfection, His righteousness.
It is unveiled glory to us, but veiled to others.
The glory that Moses experienced, faded as it was a one time event for him.
For us, the Glory that we experience lives on through Christ in us. Particularly through Christ’s death, therefore through our death.
It is all in the face of Jesus Christ
Do you know Jesus? Have you spent time gazing into His face. Do we know the glory of His death and resurrection.
Do we eagerly spend time studying His face and knowing who He is? Do you spend time staring into His face in your own time with Him?
Galatians 2:20 CSB
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.
Galatians 5:24
Galatians 5:24 CSB
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

God’s Incomparable Glory in Frail Jars

God’s Glory proved by using jars of clay (vs 7)
Frail Jars that were disposable, temporary
Our Trials glorify Jesus, Our death shows His life (vs 8 - 11)
Thes trials as explained by Paul: Trivial, temporary, and transforming.
All working to bring about this weight of Glory!
Heaven was so real that it brings about our focus on the true Glory and Power that comes from on High.
Paul’s secrets in deliverance in the trials. Paul’s secret that he can be thankful in the sufferings. How do you get Strength like that for the battle?
The words Paul uses, talks about not only Jesus’ death, but of the stench and rotting of a dead person. (vs 10)
The words Paul uses, talks about not only Jesus’ death, but of the stench and rotting of a dead person. (vs 10)
This is how much Paul participated in Christ’s death

The purpose of Our Suffering is the proving of God’s grace

Death at work in us for the life of Others (vs 12 - 15)
We are witnesses of His death and Resurrection (vs 13)
it is at great personal cost that we are in this ministry of sharing His glory with others.
As grace is proved to more and more people, Thanksgiving to God increases (vs 15)
Our outer person is being destroyed but our inner person renewed (vs 16)
Our Focus is the eternal, not the temporal (vs17 - 18)
Here we find Paul’s secret of how he can suffer so much. It is because he looked upon
He gazed upon His glory…as if through a telescope, studying the glory of God through Christ Jesus.
He had an eternal perspective. This only comes through knowing Jesus, studying Jesus. An intimate knowledge of our Savior.
We have our sights on this
2 Corinthians 5:8–9 CSB
In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him.
2 Corinthians5:8-9
2 Corinthians 5:11 CSB
Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your consciences.
2 Corinthians 5:10–11 CSB
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your consciences.
2 Corinthians 10–11 CSB
Now I Paul, myself, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent. I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are behaving according to the flesh. For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete. Look at what is obvious. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, let him remind himself of this: Just as he belongs to Christ, so do we. For if I boast a little too much about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be put to shame. I don’t want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters. For it is said, “His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak and his public speaking amounts to nothing.” Let such a person consider this: What we are in our letters, when we are absent, we will also be in our actions when we are present. For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding. We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned to us, which reaches even to you. For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you with the gospel of Christ. We are not boasting beyond measure about other people’s labors. On the contrary, we have the hope that as your faith increases, our area of ministry will be greatly enlarged, so that we may preach the gospel to the regions beyond you without boasting about what has already been done in someone else’s area of ministry. So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends. I wish you would put up with a little foolishness from me. Yes, do put up with me! For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy, because I have promised you in marriage to one husband—to present a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly! Now I consider myself in no way inferior to those “super-apostles.” Even if I am untrained in public speaking, I am certainly not untrained in knowledge. Indeed, we have in every way made that clear to you in everything. Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by taking pay from them to minister to you. When I was present with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, since the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my needs. I have kept myself, and will keep myself, from burdening you in any way. As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows I do! But I will continue to do what I am doing, in order to deny an opportunity to those who want to be regarded as our equals in what they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works. I repeat: Let no one consider me a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool so that I can also boast a little. What I am saying in this matter of boasting, I don’t speak as the Lord would, but as it were, foolishly. Since many boast according to the flesh, I will also boast. For you, being so wise, gladly put up with fools! In fact, you put up with it if someone enslaves you, if someone exploits you, if someone takes advantage of you, if someone is arrogant toward you, if someone slaps you in the face. I say this to our shame: We have been too weak for that! But in whatever anyone dares to boast—I am talking foolishly—I also dare: Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? I’m talking like a madman—I’m a better one: with far more labors, many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, many times near death. Five times I received the forty lashes minus one from the Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, and dangers among false brothers; toil and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and without clothing. Not to mention other things, there is the daily pressure on me: my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying. In Damascus, a ruler under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to arrest me. So I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped from his hands.
b. Put your eyes upon Jesus. Find the meaning of your life in Him. In light of looking upon His face and His glory, see the temporary suffering and trials of this place as a means to glorify Him in all we do!
These temporary trials and sufferings are transforming us into what He wants us to be.
Let’s lay down our lives as witnesses and Martyrs for Him. Let’s live for what is unseen so that we might win the prize of Glory!
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