Bible: 2 Cor. 4:7-18
An Eternal Weight of Glory
4:7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power 1 belongs to God and does not come from us. 4:8 We are experiencing trouble on every side, 2 but are not crushed; we are perplexed, 3 but not driven to despair; 4:9 we are persecuted, but not abandoned; 4 we are knocked down, 5 but not destroyed, 4:10 always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, 6 so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible 7 in our body. 4:11 For we who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible 8 in our mortal body. 9 4:12 As a result, 10 death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 11 4:13 But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in 12 what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” 13 we also believe, therefore we also speak. 4:14 We do so 14 because we know that the one who raised up Jesus 15 will also raise us up with Jesus and will bring us with you into his presence. 4:15 For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including 16 more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase 17 to the glory of God. 4:16 Therefore we do not despair, 18 but even if our physical body 19 is wearing away, our inner person 20 is being renewed day by day. 4:17 For our momentary, light suffering 21 is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison 4:18 because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.