Thursday, April 4, 2013
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV).
A brief, light annoyance—an everlasting, much heavier weight of praise and worship….
In the context of today’s Scripture (4:1–6:18), the Apostle Paul discussed the ministry we have as “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). He lists various afflictions that he and we Christians suffer, but concluded: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
The verse preceding today’s Scripture reads: “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (verse 16). These physical bodies, these “earthen vessels,” these “outward men,” will eventually return to the dust from whence they came (Genesis 3:19). Thus, the issue is not the “vessels,” but rather the substance, the “treasure,” they contain. This treasure is the life of Jesus Christ present within us members of the Church the Body of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:10,11).
Our “outward man” is temporary, and thus our suffering while living within it is also temporal (today’s Scripture). Nevertheless, the “inward man,” soul and spirit, is being “renewed day by day” as we walk by faith in sound Pauline Bible doctrine. The Holy Spirit takes that doctrine, transforms our minds, and thus manifests the very life of Jesus Christ in and through us! This brings such praise and worship to God, for nothing is more pleasing to Him than the life of Jesus Christ.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). “[We] have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10).
God manifests His power, love, and wisdom during our troubling circumstances… not by removing them, but by strengthening us to bear them….