Two themes from 2 Corinthians 4:1-12 have greatly impacted my life over the past six months. As Paul talks about his ministry, the “therefore” in 4:1 connects back to chapter 3. In fact, in many ways 4:1-6 reemphasizes chapter 3.
3:7-9 = 4:1 “having this ministry”
3:12 = 4:1 “not losing heart”
3:14-16 = 4:3 “veiling gospel”
3:14 = 4:4 “hardened minds”
3:7-18 = 4:4, 6 - The theme of glory
The first theme from Paul is this: “The surpassing greatness of our salvation in the new covenant in comparison to the old covenant.” Paul makes three assertions:
Because the message is so great I did not need to trick anyone with my words. I was faithful to proclaim this gospel. “Therefore I have the right to be heard by you.”
Although we may not suffer like Paul or the early church, may we see every circumstance or situation as an opportunity to share:
The Power of the Gospel
The Hope in the Gospel
Life Transformation by the Gospel
Praying for the gospel to transform the northernmost capital of the world to impact all of the world.