The Light of Christ’s Gospel
1Therefore, since we have this ministry, ⚓as we have received mercy, we ⚓do not lose heart.
2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, 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 even if our gospel is veiled, ⚓it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4whose minds ⚓the god of this age ⚓has blinded, who do not believe, lest ⚓the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, ⚓who is the image of God, should shine on them.
5⚓For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ⚓ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
6For it is the God ⚓who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has ⚓shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Cast Down but Unconquered
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, ⚓that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8We are⚓hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9persecuted, but not ⚓forsaken; ⚓struck down, but not destroyed—
10⚓always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, ⚓that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11For we who live ⚓are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13And since we have ⚓the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ⚓“I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,
14knowing that ⚓He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
15For ⚓all things are for your sakes, that ⚓grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Seeing the Invisible
16Therefore we ⚓do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is ⚓being renewed day by day.
17For ⚓our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18⚓while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.