2 Corinthians 4
He declareth how he hath used all sincerity and faithful diligence in preaching the Gospel,
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, seeing that we haue this ministerie, as we haue receiued mercy, we faint not: 2 Corinthians 4:2 But haue cast from vs ye clokes of shame, and walke not in craftines, neither handle we the worde of God deceitfully: but in declaration of the trueth we approue our selues to euery mans conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3 If our Gospell bee then hid, it is hid to them that are lost. 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the God of this world hath blinded the mindes, that is, of the infidels, that the light of the glorious Gospell of Christ, which is the image of God, should not shine vnto them. 2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not our selues, but Christ Iesus the Lorde, and our selues your seruaunts for Iesus sake. 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God that commanded the light to shine out of darknesse, is he which hath shined in our hearts, to giue the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Iesus Christ.
and how the troubles and persecutions which he daily endured for the same did redound to the praise of God's power,
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we haue this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellencie of that power might be of God, and not of vs. 2 Corinthians 4:8 Wee are afflicted on euery side, yet are we not in distresse: we are in doubt, but yet wee despaire not. 2 Corinthians 4:9 We are persecuted, but not forsaken: cast downe, but we perish not. 2 Corinthians 4:10 Euery where we beare about in our bodie the dying of the Lorde Iesus, that the life of Iesus might also be made manifest in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:11 For we which liue, are alwaies deliuered vnto death for Iesus sake, that the life also of Iesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
to the benefit of the Church,
2 Corinthians 4:12 So then death worketh in vs, & life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:13 And because we haue the same spirite of faith, according as it is written, I beleeued, and therefore haue I spoken, we also beleeue, and therefore speake, 2 Corinthians 4:14 Knowing that he which hath raised vp the Lord Iesus, shall raise vs vp also by Iesus, and shall set vs with you. 2 Corinthians 4:15 For all thinges are for your sakes, that that most plenteous grace by the thankesgiuing of many, may redound to the praise of God.
and to the apostle's own eternal glory.
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we faint not, but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed daily. 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction which is but for a moment, causeth vnto vs a farre most excellent and an eternall waight of glorie: 2 Corinthians 4:18 While we looke not on the thinges which are seene, but on the things which are not seene: for the things which are seene, are temporall: but the things which are not seene, are eternall.