Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This Passage Means A Lot When You're Working Long Hours Against A Tide of Death

Also, this is the first passage from Paul I've been able to read without looking back on the way people used to twist these words. Instead I was able to look forward, to new and better readings. 

"Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we not lose heart...For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show the the surpassing power belongs to God, and not to us.   We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death it as work in us, but life in you." 
-Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 4, verses 1, 6-12

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