Broken But Not Destroyed
2 Corinthians 4:7-18
We possess as a treasure, the Gospel of Jesus Christ-the very glory of God, in the emotional an...
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2010-10-21 11:59:37
2010-10-23 13:45:43
We possess as a treasure, the Gospel of Jesus Christ-the very glory of God, in the emotional and physical fragility of jars of clay, that is, in all that makes up our human constitution and psyche! We read back in chapter 3, 'but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant'. That is ministers of the Gospel, not the Law of Moses. Then again at the beginning of chapter 4 we read again, 'Having this ministry by the mercy of God...and even if our Gospel is veiled...the Gospel of the glory of Christ...has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure (the Gospel of the glory of Christ, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God) in jars of clay' (4:1, 3, 4, 6). What Paul calls 'this treasure' in verse 7 is nothing less than the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And why does Paul refer to our human constitution and psyche as a 'jar of clay'? The answer is found in our vulnerability. As humans our faith in Jesus Christ through the Gospel, from the human perspective, is always in danger. We are conditioned for comfort, and we love and feel the need to always get our way and whatever it is that we may want. We might call this our 'carnal condition'. So when our carnal condition meets with the 'cross-bearing life' as commanded by Christ, and this sinful world, there is a crisis of epic proportions. We might say that our hunger for comfort is always vulnerable to the Cross and sin. We are like a jar of clay that is vulnerable to destruction at any given moment in time if pressed upon. Our faith is safe in the confines of comfort, but is threatened when we are called to carry the Cross or to endure the suffering found in a sin-filled world. In those times the Gospel promises are threatened by the unbelief that God has abandoned us or is unable to control our situations of suffering. Everything in us wants to protest our suffering! But Paul says in verse 7 that there is a purpose to our vulnerability--that God's power may shine forth and bring Him glory. Our lives are all about declaring our own insufficiency and weakness, and the perfect sufficiency and power of God experienced through the Cross of Jesus Christ! We are creatures, and God is the Creator. We are vulnerable, but God is never threatened. We are weak, and He is all-powerful. We have needs, and God does not. We are constantly without, and He is our provider. As we bear this hope and faith in God through Jesus Christ in 'jars of clay' we do not lose heart, for our afflictions are preparing us for an 'eternal weight of glory'. So what is the point of this passage of Scripture? Is not Paul saying, 'Life is tough! Bearing the death of Christ in us is tough! Manifesting the life of Jesus in us is tough! But our faith holds onto the promise that we will rise with Christ one day, and be brought into His presence (v.14). Until then God's grace extends out from our broken lives to more and more people increasing thanksgiving toward God to the glory of His praise (v.15)! What is at the very heart of this passage of Scripture? Is it not, 'DO NOT LOSE HEART!' When everything on the outside appears to be wasting away...DO NOT LOSE HEART! When your afflictions seem like they are constant...DO NOT LOSE HEART! When suffering seems to be chipping away at and cracking your 'jar of clay', and faith is giving away to living by sight...DO NOT LOSE HEART! This world and all its sufferings are transient and temporary, but God's Kingdom is eternal and forever. The Cross you bear will soon be relieved...so DO NOT LOSE HEART! You may feel BROKEN but you are not DESTROYED!
10000000054011 54011 Notes 2010-10-21 11:59:37 2010-10-23 13:45:43 We possess as a treasure, the Gospel of Jesus Christ-the very glory of God, in the emotional and physical fragility of jars of clay, that is, in all that makes up our human constitution and psyche! We read back in chapter 3, 'but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant'. That is ministers of the Gospel, not the Law of Moses. Then again at the beginning of chapter 4 we read again, 'Having this ministry by the mercy of God...and even if our Gospel is veiled...the Gospel of the glory of Christ...has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure (the Gospel of the glory of Christ, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God) in jars of clay' (4:1, 3, 4, 6). What Paul calls 'this treasure' in verse 7 is nothing less than the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And why does Paul refer to our human constitution and psyche as a 'jar of clay'? The answer is found in our vulnerability. As humans our faith in Jesus Christ through the Gospel, from the human perspective, is always in danger. We are conditioned for comfort, and we love and feel the need to always get our way and whatever it is that we may want. We might call this our 'carnal condition'. So when our carnal condition meets with the 'cross-bearing life' as commanded by Christ, and this sinful world, there is a crisis of epic proportions. We might say that our hunger for comfort is always vulnerable to the Cross and sin. We are like a jar of clay that is vulnerable to destruction at any given moment in time if pressed upon. Our faith is safe in the confines of comfort, but is threatened when we are called to carry the Cross or to endure the suffering found in a sin-filled world. In those times the Gospel promises are threatened by the unbelief that God has abandoned us or is unable to control our situations of suffering. Everything in us wants to protest our suffering! But Paul says in verse 7 that there is a purpose to our vulnerability--that God's power may shine forth and bring Him glory. Our lives are all about declaring our own insufficiency and weakness, and the perfect sufficiency and power of God experienced through the Cross of Jesus Christ! We are creatures, and God is the Creator. We are vulnerable, but God is never threatened. We are weak, and He is all-powerful. We have needs, and God does not. We are constantly without, and He is our provider. As we bear this hope and faith in God through Jesus Christ in 'jars of clay' we do not lose heart, for our afflictions are preparing us for an 'eternal weight of glory'. So what is the point of this passage of Scripture? Is not Paul saying, 'Life is tough! Bearing the death of Christ in us is tough! Manifesting the life of Jesus in us is tough! But our faith holds onto the promise that we will rise with Christ one day, and be brought into His presence (v.14). Until then God's grace extends out from our broken lives to more and more people increasing thanksgiving toward God to the glory of His praise (v.15)! What is at the very heart of this passage of Scripture? Is it not, 'DO NOT LOSE HEART!' When everything on the outside appears to be wasting away...DO NOT LOSE HEART! When your afflictions seem like they are constant...DO NOT LOSE HEART! When suffering seems to be chipping away at and cracking your 'jar of clay', and faith is giving away to living by sight...DO NOT LOSE HEART! This world and all its sufferings are transient and temporary, but God's Kingdom is eternal and forever. The Cross you bear will soon be relieved...so DO NOT LOSE HEART! You may feel BROKEN but you are not DESTROYED! notes
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Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν,
But we have this treasure in jars of clay,
ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ
to show that the surpassing power belongs to God
καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν·
and not to us.
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actionpurpose
ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι
We are afflicted in every way,
ἀλλ’ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι,
but not crushed;
ἀπορούμενοι
perplexed,
ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι,
but not driven to despair;
διωκόμενοι
persecuted,
ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐγκαταλειπόμενοι,
but not forsaken;
καταβαλλόμενοι
struck down,
ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἀπολλύμενοι,
but not destroyed;
progression
πάντοτε τὴν νέκρωσιν τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι περιφέροντες,
always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,
ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τοῖς σώμασιν ἡμῶν φανερωθῇ.
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα
For we who live are always being given over to death
διὰ Ἰησοῦν,
for Jesus' sake,
ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν.
so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
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ὥστε ὁ θάνατος ἐν ἡμῖν ἐνεργεῖται, ἡ
So death is at work in us,
δὲ ζωὴ ἐν ὑμῖν.
but life in you.
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actionresult
series
ἔχοντες δὲ τὸ αὐτὸ πνεῦμα τῆς πίστεως,
Since we have the same spirit of faith
κατὰ τὸ γεγραμμένον, ἐπίστευσα,
according to what has been written, "I believed,
διὸ καὶ ἐλάλησα,
and so I spoke,"
comparison
καὶ ἡμεῖς πιστεύομεν,
we also believe,
διὸ καὶ λαλοῦμεν,
and so we also speak,
εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν
knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus
καὶ ἡμᾶς σὺν Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ
will raise us also with Jesus
καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν.
and bring us with you into his presence.
τὰ γὰρ πάντα δι’ ὑμᾶς,
For it is all for your sake,
ἵνα ἡ χάρις πλεονάσασα διὰ τῶν πλειόνων
so that as grace extends to more and more people
τὴν εὐχαριστίαν περισσεύσῃ εἰς τὴν δόξαν τοῦ θεοῦ.
it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Διὸ οὐκ ἐγκακοῦμεν,
So we do not lose heart.
ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ ὁ ἔξω ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος διαφθείρεται,
Though our outer self is wasting away,
ἀλλ’ ὁ ἔσω ἡμῶν ἀνακαινοῦται ἡμέρᾳ καὶ ἡμέρᾳ.
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
τὸ γὰρ παραυτίκα ἐλαφρὸν τῆς θλίψεως ἡμῶν καθ’ ὑπερβολὴν εἰς ὑπερβολὴν αἰώνιον βάρος δόξης κατεργάζεται ἡμῖν,
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
μὴ σκοπούντων ἡμῶν τὰ βλεπόμενα
as we look not to the things that are seen
ἀλλὰ τὰ μὴ βλεπόμενα·
but to the things that are unseen.
τὰ γὰρ βλεπόμενα πρόσκαιρα,
For the things that are seen are transient,
τὰ δὲ μὴ βλεπόμενα αἰώνια.
but the things that are unseen are eternal.
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10000000054011 54011 Arc 2010-10-21 11:59:37 2010-10-23 13:45:43 editing 2 Corinthians 4 7 4 18 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 47 NT tisch esv i84453 i84454 i84455 i84416 Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν, But we have this treasure in jars of clay, i84456 i84417 ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ to show that the surpassing power belongs to God i84418 καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν· and not to us. negativepositive 2 1 actionpurpose 2 i84457 i84458 i84459 i84460 i84419 ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι We are afflicted in every way, i84420 ἀλλ’ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι, but not crushed; negativepositive 2 1 i84461 i84421 ἀπορούμενοι perplexed, i84422 ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι, but not driven to despair; negativepositive 2 1 i84462 i84423 διωκόμενοι persecuted, i84424 ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐγκαταλειπόμενοι, but not forsaken; negativepositive 2 1 i84463 i84425 καταβαλλόμενοι struck down, i84426 ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἀπολλύμενοι, but not destroyed; negativepositive 2 1 progression i84464 i84465 i84466 i84427 πάντοτε τὴν νέκρωσιν τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι περιφέροντες, always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, i84428 ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τοῖς σώμασιν ἡμῶν φανερωθῇ. so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. actionpurpose 2 i84467 i84468 i84429 ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα For we who live are always being given over to death i84430 διὰ Ἰησοῦν, for Jesus' sake, i84431 ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν. so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. actionpurpose 2 ground 1 i84469 i84432 ὥστε ὁ θάνατος ἐν ἡμῖν ἐνεργεῖται, ἡ So death is at work in us, i84433 δὲ ζωὴ ἐν ὑμῖν. but life in you. concessive 2 actionresult 2 series i84470 i84471 i84472 i84473 i84434 ἔχοντες δὲ τὸ αὐτὸ πνεῦμα τῆς πίστεως, Since we have the same spirit of faith i84474 i84435 κατὰ τὸ γεγραμμένον, ἐπίστευσα, according to what has been written, "I believed, i84436 διὸ καὶ ἐλάλησα, and so I spoke," series comparison 1 i84475 i84437 καὶ ἡμεῖς πιστεύομεν, we also believe, i84438 διὸ καὶ λαλοῦμεν, and so we also speak, i84476 i84439 εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus i84440 καὶ ἡμᾶς σὺν Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ will raise us also with Jesus i84441 καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν. and bring us with you into his presence. progression ground 1 i84477 i84442 τὰ γὰρ πάντα δι’ ὑμᾶς, For it is all for your sake, i84478 i84443 ἵνα ἡ χάρις πλεονάσασα διὰ τῶν πλειόνων so that as grace extends to more and more people i84444 τὴν εὐχαριστίαν περισσεύσῃ εἰς τὴν δόξαν τοῦ θεοῦ. it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. actionresult 2 actionpurpose 2 ground 1 comparison 1 1 i84479 i84480 i84445 Διὸ οὐκ ἐγκακοῦμεν, So we do not lose heart. i84481 i84446 ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ ὁ ἔξω ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος διαφθείρεται, Though our outer self is wasting away, i84447 ἀλλ’ ὁ ἔσω ἡμῶν ἀνακαινοῦται ἡμέρᾳ καὶ ἡμέρᾳ. our inner self is being renewed day by day. concessive 2 ground 1 i84482 i84448 τὸ γὰρ παραυτίκα ἐλαφρὸν τῆς θλίψεως ἡμῶν καθ’ ὑπερβολὴν εἰς ὑπερβολὴν αἰώνιον βάρος δόξης κατεργάζεται ἡμῖν, For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, i84483 i84484 i84449 μὴ σκοπούντων ἡμῶν τὰ βλεπόμενα as we look not to the things that are seen i84450 ἀλλὰ τὰ μὴ βλεπόμενα· but to the things that are unseen. negativepositive 2 i84485 i84451 τὰ γὰρ βλεπόμενα πρόσκαιρα, For the things that are seen are transient, i84452 τὰ δὲ μὴ βλεπόμενα αἰώνια. but the things that are unseen are eternal. alternative ground 1 actionmanner 1 ground 1 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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