March 12, 2021 – Friday
2 Corinthians 4:13-14 NIV
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,
14 because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.
The first thing I did after going to these verses for their use of the word believe was to look up, It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Discovered it came from Psalm 116:10 where it varied greatly depending on the version of the Bible you used to look it up. Consider the following examples:
NIV I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”;
NRSV I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”;
GNV I believed, therefore did I speak: for I was sore troubled.
WYC I believed, for which thing I spake; forsooth I was made low full much.
Both the 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV) and the Wycliffe Bible (WYC) had short notes with the verse. The GNV note reads, I felt all these things, and therefore was moved by faith to confess them and the WYC note reads, And I continued to believe; even when I was brought down so very low. I spent a great deal of time looking at different versions as I simply “Did not get it.” At least not initially. Looking at these various versions I saw we do not lose our faith or belief by acknowledging our pain and suffering (I am greatly afflicted) in this life. We can admit our pain and still keep the faith.
So why does Paul have this quote from Psalm 116:10 here? Well, in the two prior verses Paul makes a point we are living in mortal bodies that will die even with our faith in Christ (v11-12), For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. Then he ends the chapter with great encouragement (v16-18), Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Returning to our Verses for Today, It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.
Now we can see we have the freedom to speak because we have that same spirit of faith as those from Psalm 116:10 and we have an eternal future with Jesus! One point, the same spirit of faith is not the Holy Spirit, but the human spirit of fellowship with the Divine and is therefore characterized by faith (Ellicott’s Commentary).
These verses cause one to have much hope during times of duress and affliction as our hope is in the next life. It is our hope in the return of Jesus and our resurrection with Him that truly sustains us during our most difficult times.
Prayer: Father God – Thank You for such words of encouragement from Paul. Thank You for reminding me that our hope is in our eternal life with You no matter what occurs in this life. – In Jesus name. Amen.