It is not ourselves we preach, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God who said, “let light shine out of darkness” has shone in our hearts, that we in turn might make known the glory of God shining on the face of Christ.
THIS TREASURE WE POSSESS IN EARTHERN VESSELS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT ITS SURPASSING POWER COMES FROM GOD AND NOT FROM US. WE ARE AFFECTED IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE, BUT WE ARE NOT CRUSHED; FULL OF DOUBTS, WE NEVER DISPAIR. WE ARE PERSECUTED BUT NEVER ABANDONED; WE ARE STRUCK DOWN BUT NEVER DESTROYED. CONTINUALLY WE CARRY ABOUT IN OUR BODIES THE DYING OF JESUS, SO THAT IN OUR BODIES THE LIFE OF JESUS MAY ALSO BE REVEALED. WHILE WE LIVE WE ARE CONSTANTLY BEING DELIVERED TO DEATH FOR JESUS SAKE, SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS MAY BE REVEALED IN OUR MORTAL FLESH.
Death is at work in us but life in you. We have that spirit of faith of which Scripture says, “because I believed, I spoke out.” We believe and so we speak, knowing that he who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up along with Jesus and place both us and you in his presence. Indeed everything is ordered to your benefit, so that the grace bestowed in abundance may bring greater glory to God because they who give thanks are many. (2 Cor. 4:5-15)