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1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


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Matthew Henry's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 Bible commentary...

The apostles laboured with much diligence, sincerity, and faithfulness. (1-7) Their sufferings for the gospel were great, yet with rich supports. (8-12) Prospects of eternal glory keep believers from fainting under troubles. (13-18)1-7 The best of men would faint, if they did not receive mercy from God. And that mercy which has helped us out, and helped us on, hitherto, we may rely upon to help us even to the end. The apostles had no base and wicked designs, covered with fair and specious pretences. They did not try to make their ministry serve a turn. Sincerity or uprightness will keep the favourable opinion of wise and good men. Christ by his gospel makes a glorious discovery to the minds of men. But the design of the devil is, to keep men in ignorance; and when he cannot keep the light of the gospel of Christ out of the world, he spares no pains to keep men from the gospel, or to set them against it. The rejection of the gospel is here traced to the wilful blindness and wickedness of the human heart. Self was not the matter or the end of the apostles' preaching; they preached Christ as Jesus, the Saviour and Deliverer, who saves to the uttermost all that come to God through him. Ministers are servants to the souls of men; they must avoid becoming servants to the humours or the lusts of men. It is pleasant to behold the sun in the firmament; but it is more pleasant and profitable for the gospel to shine in the heart. As light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is his first work upon the soul. The treasure of gospel light and grace is put into earthen vessels. The ministers of the gospel are subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other men. God could have sent angels to make known the glorious doctrine of the gospel, or could have sent the most admired sons of men to teach the nations, but he chose humbler, weaker vessels, that his power might be more glorified in upholding them, and in the blessed change wrought by their ministry.

8-12 The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them. There may be fears within, as well as fightings without; yet we are not destroyed. The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ's resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.

13-18 The grace of faith is an effectual remedy against fainting in times of trouble. They knew that Christ was raised, and that his resurrection was an earnest and assurance of theirs. The hope of this resurrection will encourage in a suffering day, and set us above the fear of death. Also, their sufferings were for the advantage of the church, and to God's glory. The sufferings of Christ's ministers, as well as their preaching and conversation, are for the good of the church and the glory of God. The prospect of eternal life and happiness was their support and comfort. What sense was ready to pronounce heavy and long, grievous and tedious, faith perceived to be light and short, and but for a moment. The weight of all temporal afflictions was lightness itself, while the glory to come was a substance, weighty, and lasting beyond description. If the apostle could call his heavy and long-continued trials light, and but for a moment, what must our trifling difficulties be! Faith enables to make this right judgment of things. There are unseen things, as well as things that are seen. And there is this vast difference between them; unseen things are eternal, seen things but temporal, or temporary only. Let us then look off from the things which are seen; let us cease to seek for worldly advantages, or to fear present distresses. Let us give diligence to make our future happiness sure.


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Sabina's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment about verse 18 on 11/19/2014, 12:45pm...

I try to live my life by 2corinthians 4 18 mostly everyday, because its very challenging in a world that many people are materialistic. What we don 't see is how fast everything we see can disappear rapidly. I have experience gods love and power, so nothing else I see can truly influence me from knowing this divine love for me. If we focus on what we see, than we are not setting our self to have a true relationship with god. Our enemy of this world will always try to direct us in focusing on what is seen, because he doesn 't want us to receive the divine love of god. when I fine myself thinking or looking at what is not of god I usually redirect my mind to this chapter and verse. Who ever will read this, know that god love you and also pray for me to fight spiritual warfare against all my enemies.


Maurice's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment about verse 7 on 8/22/2014, 1:32pm...

This treasure in Earthen vessel is the Kingdom of God in our lives which we access through being born again. This gives us access to Christ the king and his eternal power to be as he is while we are here living on earth but from the view of heaven with the Holy Spirit Living in us with all of His power to heal the sick , cleanse the leaper and raise the dead.


Lexia's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment about verse 6 on 8/17/2014, 9:02am...

I love the bible verse in In Sunday school now this is a good word that can be spoken lord thanks for letting me live every day and take care my beautiful family his and her love u


John Henderson, Jr's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment on 8/15/2014, 4:10pm...

We are truly blessed to have the writings of such a great man of God.


Joshua kigongo's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment about verse 17 on 6/30/2014, 8:24am...

There is always what to do to be glorified.


SO Hobe's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment about verse 9 on 6/22/2014, 1:15am...

2Cor 4 9 reminds me of the hope we have in Christ that even though we are cruelly attacked but we are not without hope.


Larry L. Gallegos's 2 Corinthians Chapter 4 comment on 5/22/2014, 7:12pm...

Blinded the MINDS,not the eyes. Can see the scripture although not able to understand. Eight people survived the flood, Noah wIFE and his three sons and their wives.Jehovah gods JUDGEMENT, also includes Sodom and Gomorrah. perishing, 4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers,


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