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Paul’s Apostolic Ministry

1 Therefore, since we have this aministry, as we breceived mercy, we cdo not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the athings hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or badulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth ccommending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our agospel is bveiled, it is veiled Ito cthose who are perishing, 4 in whose case athe god of bthis Iworld has cblinded the minds of the unbelieving IIso that they might not see the dlight of the gospel of the eglory of Christ, who is the fimage of God. 5 For we ado not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants Ifor Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “aLight shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has bshone in our hearts to give the cLight of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

[1] a1Co 3:5 b1Co 7:25 cLk 18:1; 2Co 4:16; Ga 6:9; Ep 3:13; 2Th 3:13
[2] aRo 6:21; 1Co 4:5 b2Co 2:17 c2Co 5:11f
[3] ILit in a2Co 2:12 b1Co 2:6ff; 2Co 3:14 c1Co 1:18; 2Co 2:15
[4] ILit age IIOr that the light...image of God, would not dawn upon them aJn 12:31 bMt 13:22 c2Co 3:14 dAc 26:18; 2Co 4:6 e2Co 3:18; 4:6 fJn 1:18; Php 2:6; Col 1:15; He 1:3
[5] ITwo early mss read through Jesus a1Co 4:15f; 1Th 2:6f
[6] aGn 1:3 b2P 1:19 cAc 26:18; 2Co 4:4

7 ¶ But we have this treasure in aearthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of bthe power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 [we are] aafflicted in every way, but not bcrushed; cperplexed, but not despairing; 9 apersecuted, but not bforsaken; cstruck down, but not destroyed; 10 aalways carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that bthe life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death works in us, but life in you.

[7] aJb 4:19; 10:9; 33:6; Lm 4:2; 2Co 5:1; 2Ti 2:20 bJg 7:2; 1Co 2:5
[8] a2Co 1:8; 7:5 b2Co 6:12 cGa 4:20
[9] aJn 15:20; Ro 8:35f bPs 129:2; He 13:5 cPs 37:24; Pv 24:16; Mi 7:8
[10] aRo 6:5; 8:36; Ga 6:17 bRo 6:8

13 ¶ But having the same aspirit of faith, according to what is written, “bI BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that He who araised the Lord Jesus bwill raise us also with Jesus and will cpresent us with you. 15 For all things [are] afor your sakes, so that the grace which is Ibspreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

[13] a1Co 12:9 bPs 116:10
[14] aAc 2:24 b1Th 4:14 cLk 21:36; Ep 5:27; Col 1:22; Jde 24
[15] ILit being multiplied through the many aRo 8:28; 2Co 1:6 b1Co 9:19; 2Co 1:11

16 ¶ Therefore we ado not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our binner man is cbeing renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, alight affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we alook 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.

[16] a2Co 4:1 bRo 7:22 cIs 40:29, 31; Col 3:10
[17] aRo 8:18
[18] aRo 8:24; 2Co 5:7; He 11:1, 13


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He declareth how he hath used all sincerity and faithful diligence in preaching the Gospel,

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.

[1] Is 40:30; 1Co 7:25; 2Co 3:6, 12; 4:16; 5:18; Ga 6:9; Ep 3:7, 13; Php 4:13; 2Th 3:13; 1Ti 1:13; He 12:3; 1P 2:10; Rv 2:3.
[2] Ro 1:16; 6:21; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 1:12; 2:17; 5:11; 6:4; 7:14; 11:3, 6, 13; Ep 4:14; 5:12; 1Th 2:3.
[3] Mt 11:25; Ro 2:16; 1Co 1:18; 2Co 2:15; 3:14; 4:4; 1Th 1:5; 2Th 2:9; 1Ti 1:11.
[4] 1K 22:22; Ps 50:2; Is 6:10; 60:1; Mt 4:8; Jn 1:14, 18; 8:12; 12:31, 35, 40, 45; 14:9, 30; 15:24; 16:11; Ac 26:18; 1Co 10:20; 2Co 3:8, 11, 14, 18; 4:6; Ep 2:2; 6:12; Php 2:6; Col 1:15, 27; 1Ti 1:11; Tit 2:13; He 1:3; 2P 1:19; 1Jn 2:8; 5:19; Rv 20:2.
[5] Mt 3:11; 20:25; 23:8; Lk 22:25; Jn 1:21; 3:27; 7:18; 13:14; Ac 2:36; 3:12; 5:31; 8:9; 10:25, 36; 14:11; Ro 14:8; 15:1, 17; 1Co 1:13, 23; 2:2; 3:5; 8:6; 9:19; 10:33; 12:3; 15:47; 2Co 1:19, 24; 5:14; Ga 5:13; Php 1:15; 2:11; 1Th 2:5; 2Ti 2:10; Tit 1:11; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3.
[6] Gn 1:3, 14; Ex 33:18; 34:5; Ps 63:2; 74:16; 90:16; 136:7; Is 6:1; 35:2; 40:5; 45:7; 60:2; Lk 10:22; Jn 1:14; 11:40; 12:41; 14:9; Ac 7:55; 2Co 3:18; 4:4; Ep 1:17; 5:8; Php 2:6; Col 1:15; He 1:3; 1P 1:12; 2:9; 2P 1:19.

and how the troubles and persecutions which he daily endured for the same did redound to the praise of God's power,

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.

[7] Jg 7:13, 16; Lm 4:2; Mt 13:44, 52; 1Co 1:28; 2:3; 4:9; 2Co 3:5; 4:1; 5:1; 6:10; 10:10; 12:7; 13:4; Ga 4:13; Ep 1:19; 2:5, 8; 3:8; Col 1:27; 2:3, 12; 1Th 1:5; 2Ti 2:20.
[8] 1S 28:15; 30:6; 31:4; Jb 2:9; Ps 37:33; 56:2; Pv 14:26; 18:10; Jn 14:18; Ro 5:3; 8:35; 1Co 10:13; 2Co 1:8; 4:16; 6:4; 7:5; 11:23; 12:10; Jm 1:2; 1P 1:6; 4:12.
[9] Jb 5:17; 22:29; Ps 9:10; 22:1; 37:24, 25, 28; 42:5, 11; Is 43:2; 62:4; 2Co 7:6; He 13:5.
[10] Jn 14:19; Ac 18:9; Ro 8:17; 2Co 1:5, 9; 13:4; Ga 6:17; Php 3:10; Col 1:24; 2Ti 2:11; 1P 4:13; Rv 1:17.
[11] Ps 44:22; 141:7; Ro 8:11, 36; 1Co 15:31, 49, 53; 2Co 5:4.

to the benefit of the Church,

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.

[12] Ac 20:24; 1Co 4:10; 2Co 12:15; 13:9; Php 2:17, 30; 1Jn 3:16.
[13] Ps 116:10; Pv 21:28; Ac 15:11; Ro 1:12; 1Co 12:9; 2Co 3:12; He 11:1; 2P 1:1.
[14] Is 26:19; Jn 11:25; Ro 8:11; 1Co 6:14; 15:20; 2Co 5:1; 11:2; Ep 5:27; Col 1:22, 28; 1Th 4:14; Jde 1:24.
[15] Ps 50:14, 23; Ro 8:28; 1Co 3:21; 2Co 1:4, 11; 8:19; 9:11; Ga 1:24; Ep 3:20; Col 1:24; 3:16; 2Ti 2:10; He 13:15; 1P 2:9; 4:11; Rv 4:8; 5:8; 19:4.

and to the apostle's own eternal glory.

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.

[16] Jb 19:26; Ps 27:13; 51:10; 73:26; 119:81; Is 40:29, 31; 57:1; Mt 5:29; Lk 11:3; Ro 7:22; 12:2; 1Co 15:58; 2Co 4:1; 12:15; Ep 3:16; 4:23; Col 3:10; Tit 3:5; 1P 3:4.
[17] Gn 15:1; Ps 30:5; 31:19; 73:24; 119:67, 71; Is 54:8; 64:4; Mt 5:12; Lk 6:23; Ac 20:23; Ro 2:7; 5:3; 8:18, 34, 37; 1Co 2:9; 2Co 3:18; 11:23; Php 1:19; 2Th 1:4, 6; He 12:10; Jm 1:3, 12; 1P 1:6, 7; 4:7; 5:10; 1Jn 3:2; Jde 1:24.
[18] Lv 16:25; Mt 25:46; Ro 8:24; 2Co 5:7; 2Th 2:16; He 11:1, 25; 12:2; 1Jn 2:16, 25.


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