Larry Olsen describes a man lost in the desert: “He has been out of food and water for days. His lips
are swollen, his tongue is swollen, he’s all beat up and bloody. Some of his bones are almost
peeking through. He has been scraped and beat up by the cactus, sand and sun. H … More
Physically, the demands of the ministry were sometimes almost more than Paul could bear (1:8;11:23-27). However, even more draining were the spiritual demands (7:5;11:28-29). He reflects on these experiences in this passage and tells why, though discouraged, he will never quit (v. 1).
One source of discouragement to Paul was the false teachers in the church at Corinth. He was no doubt referring to these Judaizers when he wrote these words (v. 2). Many false teacher claim to base their doctrine on the Word of God, but false teachers handle God’s Word in deceptive ways. Satan will do everything in his power to keep lost sinners in the dark and often he uses religious teachers to deceive people. Even today, many of the people who belong to false cults were originally members of Gospel preaching churches. If there is anything hidden about our message, it is hidden only to someone who is lost (v. 3). The god who rules this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers. (v. 4). They cannot see the light, which is the good news about our glorious Christ, who shows what God is like.
When I find myself getting discouraged and wanting to quit, I need to think on what I have in Jesus Christ. Instead of complaining about what I do not have, I need to rejoice in what I do have.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
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II Corinthians 1:1-11Comfort in Suffering
II Corinthians 1:12-14Paul’s Change of Plans
II Corinthians 1:15-24Sparing The Church
II Corinthians 2:1-4Effective Leadership Is Sensitive to Others
II Corinthians 2:5-11Forgiveness For The Sinner
II Corinthians 2:12-17The Triumph of Christ
II Corinthians 3:1-3We May Be The Only Bible Some People Read
II Corinthians 3:4-11The Spirit, Not The Letter
II Corinthians 3:12-18When One Turns to The Lord The Veil is Removed
II Corinthians 4:1-6By God’s Grace I Will Not Quit
II Corinthians 4:7-18Cast Down But Not Conquered
II Corinthians 5:1-9Assurance of The Resurrection
II Corinthians 5:10-13Bringing People to God
II Corinthians 5:14-21Be Reconciled to God
II Corinthians 6:1-10Marks of The Ministry
II Corinthians 6:11-18Be Holy
II Corinthians 7:1-7The Church Makes Paul Happy
II Corinthians 7:8-16Godly Sorrow Produces Repentance