2 Corinthians 4 Outline
– Don’t compromise in your preaching (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)
– We become glorified earthen vessels because the power of the gospel in us (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)
– Jesus will raise his faithful believers at the last day (2 Corinthians 4:13-15)
– Don’t lose heart and hold on to the hope in eternal life (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
2 Corinthians 4 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Paul and his companions did not lose heart in carrying out the missionary work because his calling has given him boldness to face persecutions from enemies of the gospel. Paul put his missionary work and God first in his life instead of caring for himself. Paul and his companions preach the gospel plainly instead of mingling it with worldly doctrine that people want to heart. By doing so, they have been blameless to the salvation of the people they preach to.
In 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, Paul described the treasure as the gospel and our body as jars of clay. The gospel is the power of God. When someone accept the gospel, the Holy Spirit will live in him and he will be filled with the power of God. Paul always face persecution but he never feel despair and give up. He is always willing to sacrifice his life for the sake of the gospel. This has make him a good testimony to other Christians, that we should always deny our self interest and put God first. The Corinthian Christians looked down on Paul because he was always beaten and imprisoned for the gospel. Now, Paul is telling them that they are living a life of victory because Paul work hard and endure a lot of sufferings for the gospel.
In 2 Corinthians 4:13-15, Paul said he preach the gospel because he believe. Normally, people would say what they think and feel. If you believe in the gospel, you should talk about it to other people. God raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day through the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the first to be raised from life. Jesus Christ was raised to life so that we can also be raised to life on the last day, which is the day when Jesus Christ come back to the earth for the second time. Ministers will be held accountable for their ministry and they are responsible for every soul they minister to.
In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Paul said he and his companions will not lose heart because they hold on to their hope in Jesus Christ. They knew that their sufferings are only temporary so they look forward to their hope in eternal life.