Verse of the Day – Nov. 27, 2023

Verse of the Day – Nov. 27, 2023

November 27, 2023 – Monday 

2 Corinthians 4:12    NKJV 

12 So then death is working in us, but life in you. 

2 Corinthians 4:12    NLT 

12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. 

Comments 

This is a verse that makes no sense taken out of context. I have often written that context is king, so let’s look at this verse with some context and see if we can make some sense out of it. The context begins in chapter one where we begin with verses 3-6 with a focus on verse 6, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation

From 1:6 we can see a tie to 4:12, Paul and those with him teaching salvation through Christ, suffered (were afflicted) and risked death to bring the gospel to the Corinthians. And Paul makes clear it is not about his glory, but that of God and Jesus in verses 4:5-6, For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ

Then in next verse he writes, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. Here the earthen vessels, clay jars in some versions, refers to their human bodies and the treasure is the Gospel, salvation through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Why did/does God use such fragile weak vessels as human bodies? So that the excellence of the power of God would be obvious to anyone and everyone who could see and hear what was being preached was from the power of God and not of men.  

To find out all the afflictions, dangers, and all that they endured read through the book of Acts. It is incredible Paul survived to write these letters to the Corinthians among others. Verses 8-11 tells us what they survived as they shared the gospel wherever they went, We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh

And that, dear readers, is the context for 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you. Earthly death did not matter to Paul or those with him. What mattered was the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ so others would also be able to look forward to eternal life.  

Bottom Line: Those who have shared the gospel from the first century to our current time have often faced death or severe punishment. It certainly goes on today as well. But it is up to us as believers to share the Good News of Jesus whenever and wherever it is possible. After all, as believers we do have eternal life, while those who do not believe are damned as we once were.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that You have made it possible for so many to share the Gospel of Your Son throughout the ages. Help us to do the same in how we live our lives and share the wonderful news of Jesus as we approach the day of celebration of His birth. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ       

Riley D. Driver – Pastor    

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