These verses are very instructive to me.  Paul begins this chapter (chapter is not given until later) with not losing heart because of the ministry given to him.  It is easy for discouragement to set in and just want to quit.  In my sixty years there have been ups and downs in the ministry.
In verse 2 it seems then as very much so now there were people who handled the Word of God deceitfully.
In verses 3 & 4 we see the gospel hid to those who are perishing.  Paul blames the devil for blinding the minds and hiding the true Word of God.  This is very prevalent today as it was then, even more so now.
Now our condition is that God’s light shines in our hearts giving us the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  Paul calls this a treasure and I agree that it is.  However it shines out in vessels of clay that it may be God’s power and not ours that is shown.
By Pastor Curt Darling




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