Gospel light shines on the Saints—Mortal trials are nothing as contrasted with eternal glory.
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received amercy, we faint not;
2 But have arenounced the hidden things of bdishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God cdeceitfully; but by manifestation of the dtruth commending ourselves to every man’s econscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the agod of this bworld hath cblinded the dminds of them which ebelieve not, lest the flight of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the gimage of hGod, should shine unto them.
5 For we apreach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your bservants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who acommanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath bshined in our hearts, to give the clight of the knowledge of the dglory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the apower may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are atroubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in bdespair;
9 aPersecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not bdestroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto adeath for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our bmortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I abelieved, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore bspeak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the athanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the ainward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light aaffliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and beternal cweight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are aseen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not bseen are ceternal.