We may be weak, but the Word of God we proclaim is certainly not!

BibleGateway: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

ESV Text: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

2 Corinthians 4:5–12 (Listen)

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants1 for Jesus’ sake. 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.

Treasure in Jars of Clay

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that 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; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 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. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Footnotes

[1] 4:5 Or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)

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KJV Text:

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5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

     8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 780:
Dear Lord, to Your True Servants Give

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1. Dear Lord, to Your true servants give  
The grace to You alone to live.  
Set free from sin to serve You, Lord,  
They go to share Your living Word,  
The gospel message to proclaim  
That all may know Your saving name. 

2. They gladly go at Your command  
To spread your Word o’er sea and land.  
Be with them, Lord, and make them strong  
To heal sin’s ills, to right the wrong.  
Your rule is over wind and wave,  
And mighty is Your arm to save. 

3. When all their labor seems in vain,  
Revive their sinking hopes again;  
And when success crowns what they do,  
Oh,keep them humble, Lord, and true  
Until before Your judgment seat  
They lay their trophies at Your feet. 


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