Tag Archive | II Corinthians

II Corinthians 4: 8-9 ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

As we learned from the Devotional yesterday, we have this great and wonderful treasure in jars of clay.  But just like those breakable vessels, our mortal body can be stronger than we can imagine.  You see, those clay jars withstood outside pressure and remained durable and lasting for hundreds of years…and so can we.  This verse promises us that we can be troubled but not overwhelmed by it…confused but not to the point of hopelessness…harassed and bullied but never forsaken by our Heavenly Father. You are a jar of clay, but one tough, resilient, and tenacious jar – holding an unspeakable treasure within.

II Corinthians 4:7 ” But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

In Biblical times,  clay jars were used to store items of importance.  In Jeremiah 32:14-15,  the Lord tells Jeremiah to buy his cousin’s field and take the documents and place them in a clay jar.  “For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”  This promise that they would return to their homeland  would take 70 years of exile in Babylon before it would come about…but these important documents would be kept safe until then…safe within a fragile clay jar.  And if you’re a Believer, you  have the great power and Almighty energy of God within your clay jar…your body,  placed there by God for safe-keeping.

II Corinthians 4:6 ” For God, Who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

As I John 1:5 states, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”  When we walk from darkness into the light of Christ, we are transformed…and we become enlightened.  Gone is our old self, for now we can understand the light and truth of the Gospel.  No longer to be trapped in the darkness, this new knowledge of God now resides in our heart…and the glory of God shines forth as there becomes less of us and more of Jesus in our life.

II Corinthians 9:6 ” Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

It’s been amazing to watch the immense fields of corn and soybeans growing around us.  The farmers have planted the greatest amount they can in order to have the most abundant harvest possible.  Blessing others works the same way.  If we are open-handed with our generosity…we ourselves will be blessed in return.  For it says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  Sow generously into the Kingdom of God with open hands and an open heart…for a man reaps what he sows.

II Corinthians 12:9 ” But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ “

The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh…some chronic, painful condition that plagued him continually.  And even though he had  prayed three times for the Lord to take it – it remained.  This was the same Paul who preformed extraordinary miracles, (Acts 19:11)…cast out evil spirits, (Acts 16:18)…and raised people from the dead, (Acts 20:10).  But the prayers of his own healing went unanswered.  Now many of us would react very badly if we had a great Ministry but were unable to be healed personally of some very visible disease.  But Paul didn’t allow it to make him bitter, or doubt his worth.  Rather, he looked at it from the viewpoint of his dependence on the Lord and his need for humility.  For he writes in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.”  Paul gained his strength through his weakness…for God in His infinite wisdom gave Paul what he needed, not what he wanted.

In Christ Jesus…You are a new creation in Christ.

In II Corinthians 5:17 it says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”   If Jesus dwells within you, you have been born again…a spiritual rebirth of a brand new person.  But we humans like to return to the comfortable and easy things of the past rather than step forward into activities  that are new, strange…and scary.  As a Believer, you can’t go back to your old person, for he or she  doesn’t exist anymore.  You can only move forward…for the plan and purpose of God is to make you into something you’ve never been before.

I Corinthians 1:10 ” I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. “

There was Church division in Corinth…some followed Apollos, some Peter, and some Paul.  All three were Godly men…all three were preaching the Gospel.  So where could there be the disagreement?  Apollos was an Alexandrian Jew that was converted to Christianity and  tutored by Aquila and Priscilla in areas of the faith he was ignorant of.  While Peter was one of the original twelve Disciples that had witnessed firsthand the work of Jesus.  Finally there was Paul, a Jew and persecutor of the Christians until that fateful day on the road to Damascus  when the Lord confronted him.  All three were passionate about the Lord and the desire to evangelize.  But they all came from different backgrounds and different life experiences, and their preaching styles showed it.   Thus Paul exhorted the Believers to be joined together in Christ and the Gospel, not divided apart by man and subtle nuances.