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2 Corinthians 4: Keeping Ourselves in the Light

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Paul tells the people of Corinth – and he tells us – if the gospel we preach is hidden, it is hidden only from those who are being lost. They do not believe, because their minds have been kept in the dark by the evil god of this world. (Verses 3 & 4)

Paul reminds us that despite knowing that God chooses to walk among us, and despite knowing that we are spiritual treasure in common clay pots, we still doubt the presence, power and fidelity of Christ.

We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. (Verses 7-9)

Paul tells us firmly that while the world tells us that we are powerless, hopeless and unloved, we in fact have the source of all power at our side. We have the generator of all hope in our person. And we have the spirit of justice paired with mercy in our hearts.

When we spend time with Christ, we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.  (Verses 16-18)

The evil one represents himself in our desire for fame, wealth, and power, and lures away from goodness. The evil one uses our fears against us and fires the anxieties that divide us.  The evil one of this world is any one or any circumstance that draws us into the darkness so that we forget to look for the light. Paul knows that our gratitude heals our disconnection from the light, and so he reminds us that, All this is for your sake; and as God’s grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving. (Verse 15)

How to remain in the light? Where to find resources? How to live through the darkness of days and the fears of nights? Paul reminds the Corinthians – and he reminds us – that gratitude for the light of Christ is imperative if we are to remain in the light.

Today we find the time to give thanks as we explore chapter 4 of this letter. When we study other translations of these verses, we invite the light into our minds and hearts.

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