The Light of Jesus Christ in Our Hearts
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
(1) Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. (2) Instead, we have renounced all shameful and deceitful ways. We refuse to live deceptive lives, or change any part of God’s word. On the contrary, we present God’s truth in a clear and understandable way, and so we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. (3) And even if the gospel (good news) of Christ is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. (4) For Satan—the god of this world (age)—has darkened the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the good news that displays the glorious beauty of Christ, who is the exact image of God! (5) For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. (6) For God, who said in Isaiah 9:2, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glorious beauty displayed in the presence of Christ.
The Present and Future Life in Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 4:7-18
(7) But we have God’s treasure in jars of clay (our mortal bodies) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God, and not from us. (8) We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in deep despair; (9) we are persecuted, but never forsaken; we are struck down, but not destroyed. (10) We always carry around in our bodies the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our bodies. (11) For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life will be revealed in our mortal bodies. (12) So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
(13) Since we have the same Spirit-given faith, as it is written about in Psalm 116:10, “I believed; therefore I speak.” We also believe and therefore speak, (14) because we know that God who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us up with Jesus and bring us with you into his eternal presence. (15) All this is for your benefit, so that as God’s grace reaches more and more people it will cause thanksgiving to overflow (increase) to the majestic glory of God.
(16) Therefore, we do not become discouraged (lose heart); even though our physical bodies are wasting away (losing strength), our inner lives are being renewed (gaining strength) day after day. (17) For our light, temporary troubles are producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (18) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, because what is seen is temporary (passing away), but what is unseen is eternal (everlasting).