2 Cor 4:1-18
If the Apostle Paul was alive now, he’d be criticised because he doesn’t have sparkling white teeth, a white suit and a jet, or an amazing stage presence and millions of social media followers. Back then he was criticised for being weak and having speech of no account (2 Corinthians10:10). Paul’s answer was that the gospel is glorious and true ministers of the gospel are like clay pots with treasure inside. It’s not the outward show that matters, it’s the power of God within.
- use disgraceful underhanded ways
- practice cunning
- tamper with the Word of God.
There’s no showmanship, so the gospel might seem veiled, but only to those who are perishing anyway. Paul proclaims Jesus as Lord; not as the greatest showman, but as a servant!
Unbelievers are blinded to the gospel by Satan:
- They are blinded by nearsightedness – because they only see themselves
- They are blinded by farsightedness – because they gaze at the world and all its glitter and don’t see the need in their hearts
- Or as they age, they suffer presbyopia – their lenses lose elasticity due to old age, decay and spiritual putrefaction.
The gospel is a light that bursts through the darkness, causing clarity of vision.
God uses ordinary people with His extraordinary power. He uses weak people, the afflicted, the crushed, the persecuted. Our weakness is made perfect by his strength.
Be filled with the Spirit, consider the troubles of this world a light and momentary affliction and press into the eternal weight of glory that is awaiting us.