Paul’s Apostolic Ministry
1Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
2but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in trickery nor distorting the word of God, but by the open proclamation of the truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in the sight of God.
3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled Lit amongto those who are perishing,
4in whose case the god of this Lit ageworld has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that Or the light...image of God, will not shine upon themthey will not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants Two early mss through Jesuson account of Jesus.
6For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7But we have this treasure in Or earthenware containersearthen containers, so that the extraordinary greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed;
10always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
11For we who live are constantly being handed over to death because of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal flesh.
12So death works in us, but life in you.
13But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written: “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,
14knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus, and will present us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes, so that grace, having Lit multiplied through the manyspread to more and more people, will cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day.
17For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.