Lesson No. 540
II Corinthians Chapter 4
"Look on the Things Which are Not Seen"

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II CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4
 
Satan blinds, but God gives light
 
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For 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 Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 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 death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal 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 believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 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 thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 while 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.

Lesson No. 540    "Look on the Things Which are Not Seen"

II  Corinthians 4                                                 11/15/2020

1)     Paul talks about how to present God’s (not our) ministry.  What does he say in verses 1-6?

2)     Who is the gospel hidden to and why?  Who done it? (verses 3-4)  But who commanded us to minister the gospel?

3)     What is the treasure(s) in our earthen vessels? (verse 7)

4)     Are we troubled, distressed, perplexed, persecuted, cast down, destroyed (verses 8-9)?  Why not?

5)      What about all this dying in verses 10-12?  Likewise what about all this living in verses 13-14?

6)     Verse 15 perfectly describes our ‘ministries’ and the God-intended result of our ministering we do our ministries without ‘fainting’.  Does that make sense?

7)     Our bodies are ‘toast’, but our spirits are renewed daily (verse 16)….how does this happen?

8)     Light affliction (???) for Paul and his troop (verse 17), really?  Is our affliction light?  Is our affection for Jesus through the roof?  Paul’s affection for Jesus was, and for his churches.

9)     Verse 18 provides a great description of…what?  How much time each day do we think about the promises of God and eternity in all truth and unconditional love?


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