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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Corinthians Chapter 4 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55-57 AD)
Overview: Paul Addresses the Church (c 1-13)
Theme: Paul Defends His Ministry (c 3-7)
Message: How Paul Handles Opposition (v 1-18)

2 Corinthians 4 Commentary

(4:1-18) Treasure in the Perishable Containers - Paul was under attack at Corinth. His authority and honesty were being questioned. Charges of duplicity were circulating in the church. Paul was facing a church in revolt. How did Paul handle opposition? At every step, he deflected criticisms of his abilities. He simply refused to defend himself. He even submitted to his opponents a list of his weaknesses and the trials he had endured. Why did Paul do this? He knew that this list would focus the Corinthians on what was important: God’s glorious plan of salvation.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Politically Correct

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 2nd Corinthians with Chapter 4 and in our text we see Paul counseling the Church on faithfulness, stewardship, and pride as we are to manage our Christian life. In making application we see that we are speak out on sin but we are not to be competitive in righteousness with the body of Christ. We are all sinners and not to judge our lives verses others in a spirit of Pride but we are to lovingly speak out on sin. Today we see the same as many think they need to be politically correct ignoring sin in our world while others take a prideful competitive stand within the body of Christ, both of which are wrong. How about you? Do you speak out on sin in your community when it not politically correct? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul that as a body we are not judge one another but rather to be bold and lovingly speak out on sin, sharing the only hope to be delivered from the chains of sin, the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ.


2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4

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

 2But 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.

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

 4In 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.

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

 6For 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 18While 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.