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2 Corinthians 4:7-15 “Turning Real Trials into Real Blessings”

2 Cor. 4:7-15

A Ministry of Trials and Blessings

Turing Real Trials into Real Blessings

When we live as lights in a dark world (4:1-7), then we can expect trials to come.  We need to expect it and then overcome it.  Remember, heaven is not this side of eternity!  We are in a battle, but we follow the victor… THE TRIUMPHANT KING JESUS!

 

We have a treasure in clay pots – v. 7

[7] But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us

 

Treasure

 

Clay pots

 

To Show God’s Surpassing Power

 

 

 

We will have struggles, but we will not be defeated – vv. 8-11

[8] We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; [9] persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; [10] always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. [11] For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

 

We will not be defeated because….

 

We will remember our training.  (hold and advance) – vv. 8-9

WHAT WE KNOW – The promises of His Word.

 

 

We will remember what we have Christ in us – v. 10-11

WHO WE ARE

 

 

 

We persevere so that others may live – v. 12-14

[12] So death is at work in us, but life in you.  [13] Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, [14] knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.

 

Through our death to self – v. 12

 

2 Timothy 2:10 – [10] Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (ESV)

 

Through the message we proclaim – v. 13

 

Through the power of His resurrection – v. 14

 

Our faithfulness will manifest God’s glory – v. 15

[15] For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God

 

IT IS NOT ME, BUT HIS GRACE THROUGH ME!

 

Notice the progression:

  1. We live and give for others
  2. Grace is extended
  3. Thanksgiving increases
  4. GOD IS GLORIFIED!

 

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