You Carry A Treasure, Sep 8, 2013

2 Cor. 4:7 (NKJV, NIV, NLT)
2 Cor. 3:15-18 – where the Spirit is Lord
2 Cor. 4:1-18
– We often lose heart because we do not consider how great a calling God has given us in Jesus.
– The idea behind the Greek word for lose heart is the “faint-hearted coward.”  The Greek word has the idea of not only a lack of courage but of bad behavior and evil conduct.
– Craftiness speaks of “a cunning readiness to adopt any device or trickery for the achievement of ends which are anything but altruistic.” (Hughes)
– There is a higher scrutiny than that of the human conscience: it is to God that every minister of the gospel is ultimately and eternally answerable.” (Hughes)
– “The blindness of unbelievers in no way detracts from the clearness of the gospel for the sun is no less resplendent because the blind do not perceive its light.” (Calvin)
– John 3:19 – “The god of this world is able only to blind the minds of the unbelieving … Refusal to believe is the secret and reason of the blindness that happens to men.” (Morgan)
Acts 9:1-19, Ps. 44:3, 78:14