2 Corinthians 4:1–12
The Light of the Gospel
4:1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,<a class="fn" href="http://logoscreative.co/api/bcp-reading.php?passage=2%20Cor.%204%3A1-12#f1-1" id="fb1-1" title="Greek having this ministry as we have received mercy“>1 we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice<a class="fn" href="http://logoscreative.co/api/bcp-reading.php?passage=2%20Cor.%204%3A1-12#f2-1" id="fb2-1" title="Greek to walk in“>2 cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world 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. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants<a class="fn" href="http://logoscreative.co/api/bcp-reading.php?passage=2%20Cor.%204%3A1-12#f3-1" id="fb3-1" title="Or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)”>3 for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Treasure in Jars of Clay
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Note from Bob; We are indeed simply flawed vessels that work to complete a great commission for God at His Instruction. We, unlike followers of false Gods must Love our enemies, not hate them Matthew 5:43-48 says. In our attempt to do so we sometimes fail.
Matt 5:43-48 Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,<a class="fn" href="http://logoscreative.co/api/bcp-reading.php?passage=Matt.%205%3A38-48#f2-1" id="fb2-1" title="Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters“>2 what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.