The Light of the Gospel
1Therefore, seeing we have this ministration, according as we have obtained mercy, we faint not; 2But we renounce the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor adulterating the word of God; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience, in the sight of God. 3And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost, 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord; and ourselves your servants through Jesus. 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 Christ Jesus.
Treasures in Jars of Clay
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us. 8In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute; 9We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not: 10Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies. 11For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13But having the same spirit of faith, as it is written: I believed, for which cause I have spoken; we also believe, for which cause we speak also: 14Knowing that he who raised up Jesus, will raise us up also with Jesus, and place us with you. 15For all things are for your sakes; that the grace abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God.
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an 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.