Yes, but we do not despair, God will make a way out! Containing the thought of 2 Corinthians 3:18. For it is not ourselves. The knowledge of the divine glory becomes clear revelation to men in the face of Christ as it appears in the Gospel: "So that in this seen countenance that clear-shining knowledge has the source of its light, as it were, its focus" (Meyer). 2 Corinthians 4:15. Because Paul is involved in such a glorious service, nothing can seriously discourage him (2 Corinthians 4:16)! shined in their hearts; and in this light, they saw the glory of Christ; could not bear any secret, hidden, scandalous practices; and held forth the word of light and life to others; and seeing so much of their own weakness, sinfulness, and unworthiness, dared not to preach themselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; in which may be observed the character of the true God, as opposed to Satan, the god of this world, who is said to blind the minds of men, 2 Corinthians 4:6 whereas the true God is represented as the author of "light", and as producing it by a word of "command", and that "out" of mere "darkness"; respect is here had to the creation of all things at the beginning, when "darkness was upon the face of the deep--and God said, let there be light and there was light", Genesis 1:2. 17, And this. Week 3 (July 26, 2020) Preaching text: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18; accompanying text: Matt 5:13. The passage in Genesis is adduced by Longinus as a striking instance of the sublime. Paul's service to Christ cost him something in physical strength (2 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28). "Even though we apostles are the likeness of Christ, we do not preach ourselves. In doubt? (17-18) A coming glory that outweighs any of today’s difficulties. The total messianic community. But we have, this treasure in earthen vessels This is a further commendation of the Gospel; and by which the apostle removes an objection against it, taken from the cross and persecutions that attend it, and the outward meanness of the ministers of it. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. (b) This is often greatly deepened by the course of life which people lead; by their education; or by their indulgence in sin, and by their plans of life; and especially by the indulgence of evil passions. The light is the message which God spoke through his Son (Hebrews 1:2). All this. in the relation of serviceableness to you, For God, who bade light shine out of darkness, it is who caused it to shine in our hearts, in order that we should make the knowledge of the divine glory give light in the presence of Christ, For it is God, the creator of light, who bestowed on us the spiritual light communicated to us, not that we might retain it for ourselves without further communication, but that we should convey the knowledge of the divine glory to others in making this knowledge manifest to them in Christ, whom we teach them to know, ὁ εἰπὼν ἐκ σκότονς φῶς λάμψαι, πρὸς τὸ φωτίζειν τὴν γνῶσιν κ, Τῆς ΤΟῦ ΘΕΟῦ ΔΌΞΗς ἘΝ ΠΡΟΣΩÎ, seeing it is God who said “Light shall shine out of darkness”, with the knowledge of the glory of God in the Face of Christ, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, φῶς ποιήσας ἐκ σκότους. See Special Topic: Paul's Use of Huper Compounds at I Cor. (It is God) who commanded light, &c., that shined, &c., (Job 37:15): Himself our Light and Sun, as well as the Creator of light (Mal 4:2; Joh 8:12). Scripture 2 Corinthians 4 Sort Bible Verse. 2 Corinthians 4:4-7. Verse 1: Verse 2: Verse 3: Verse 4: Verse 5: Verse 6: Verse 7: Verse 8: Verse 9: Verse 10: Verse 11: Verse 12: Verse 13: Verse 14: Verse 15: Verse 16: Verse 17: Verse 18: Lectionary Calendar. Paul speaks in irony! Yet God has done just this, to show that the supreme power is His!!! 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. The physical world answers to the spiritual. Of the constancy of the apostle and his fellow-labourers in their work. Will also raise us up. Paul had a special service as an apostle, but every Christian is a servant of God in a general sense. Light is not originated by man; and man on the subject of religion no more creates the light which beams upon his benighted mind than he created the light of the sun when it first shed its beams over the darkened earth. Now this character of God, as creating light in this wonderful manner, is prefaced to his giving spiritual light unto his people; because of the agreement there is between light corporeal and spiritual, in their nature and production; for as there was darkness upon the earth before there was light, so there is a natural darkness in the minds of men, before any spiritual light is infused into them; and as light was the first production out of the dark and unformed chaos, so light is the first thing that is struck into the soul in conversion; moreover, as light was the effect of almighty power, so is the spiritual illumination, or the opening of the eyes of the understandings of men, who are naturally born blind; and as light was a creation of that which was not before, so the work of grace on the soul is not an increase of, or an addition to, or an improvement of the light of nature, but it is a new light, created in the understanding; add to all this, that both corporeal and spiritual light are good, and both called "day"; the influence that God has over the hearts of men, and the effect he produces there are, he, hath shined in our hearts. And the sense here is, that God had removed this ignorance, and poured a flood of light and truth on their minds. Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness. It often happens, as a matter of fact, that they have by far clearer, and more just and elevated views of truth than people of the most mighty intellects, and most highly cultivated by science and adorned with learning. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Paul sees Christian prayer as praise to God!!! The power, honor, and glory of this world are only temporary!!! DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Bibliography InformationIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:4". Yes, but not crushed and put out of the battle! May 20, 2001. This does not mean: (a) That they are superior in their powers of understanding to other people - for the reverse is often the fact; nor. created in righteousness and true holiness. This is the part of every person that is morally responsible. Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:8–11, 2 Corinthians 3:1–4:6. Christ is the guarantee of this (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)! 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. The servants of the Good News were always in danger from the enemies of Christ! Others omit it. ◄ 2 Corinthians 4:6 ► For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. He said, "let there be light, and there was light." Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 (Read 2 Corinthians 4:13-18) The grace of faith is an effectual remedy against fainting in times of trouble. The tendency of man if left to himself is to plunge into deeper darkness, and to involve his mind more entirely in the obscurity of moral midnight. Paul's opponents said he was too weak to fulfill his service (see 2 Corinthians 10:10). is meant, and this definition of aim (πρὸς φωτ.) The exact likeness of God. "Besides, we can endure this small and temporary trouble! give “Christ Jesus,” others “Christ.” The clause is added as emphasising the fact that the glory of God is for us manifested only in the face (or, possibly, in the person, with a somewhat wider sense; see Note on 2Corinthians 1:11) of Christ, as it was seen by the Israelites in the face of Moses. They knew that Christ was raised, and that his resurrection was an earnest and assurance of theirs. (b) That the effect of religion is at once to enlarge their own intellectual powers, and make them different from what they were before in this respect. Paul points to this example of faith, and says this is what motivates and sustains he and the other servants of Christ! St. Paul shows the integrity with which he had preached the Gospel of Christ, 2 Corinthians 4:1, 2 Corinthians 4:2.And that, if it was unprofitable to any who had heard it, it was because their unbelieving hearts were blinded, 2 Corinthians 4:3, 2 Corinthians 4:4.How he preached, and how he was qualified for the work, 2 Corinthians 4:5-7. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? The God who said. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Paul sees his suffering (and his weakness???) "All truth is from the sempiternal source of light divine;" and it is no more the work of man to enlighten the mind.

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