Therefore, since through God's Mercy we have this Ministry,
We do not lose heart.
2 RATHER WE HAVE RENOUNCED SECRET AND SHAMEFUL WAYS;
WE DO NOT USE DECEPTION,
NOR DO WE DISTORT THE WORD OF GOD.
ON THE CONTRARY, BY SETTING FORTH THE TRUTH PLAINLY
WE COMMEND OURSELVES TO EVERY MAN'S CONSCIENCE
IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.
3 AND EVEN IF OUR GOSPEL IS VEILED,
IT IS VEILED TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING.
4 THE GOD OF THIS AGE HAS BLINDED THE MINDS OF UNBELIEVERS,
SO THAT THEY CANNOT SEE THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL
OF THE GLORY OF CHRIST,
WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD.
5 For we do not Preach ourselves,
But Jesus Christ as Lord,
And ourselves as your Servants for Jesus sake.
6 FOR GOD WHO SAID,
'LET LIGHT SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS.'
MADE HIS LIGHT SHINE IN OUR HEARTS
TO GIVE US THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE
OF THE GLORY OF GOD
IN THE FACE OF CHRIST.
7 BUT WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY
TO SHOW THAT THIS ALL SURPASSING POWER
IS FROM GOD AND NOT FROM US.
8 WE ARE HARD PRESSED ON EVERY SIDE,
BUT NOT CRUSHED;
PERPLEXED, BUT NOT IN DESPAIR;
9 PERSECUTED, BUT NOT ABANDONED;
STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED.
10 WE ALWAYS CARRY AROUND IN OUR BODY THE DEATH OF JESUS,
SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS
MAY ALSO BE REVEALED IN OUR BODY.
11 FOR WE WHO ARE ALIVE
ARE ALWAYS BEING GIVEN OVER TO DEATH
FOR JESUS SAKE,
SO THAT HIS LIFE MAY BE REVEALED IN OUR MORTAL BODY.
12 SO THEN, DEATH IS AT WORK IN US,
BUT LIFE IS AT WORK IN YOU.
13 It is written: 'I believe; therefore I have spoken.'
With 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 IN HIS PRESENCE.
15 All this is for your benefit,
So That the Grace that is reaching more and more people
May cause Thanksgiving to Overflow
To the Glory of God.
16 THEREFORE WE DO NOT LOSE HEART.
THOUGH OUTWARDLY WE ARE WASTING AWAY,
YET INWARDLY WE ARE BEING RENEWED DAY BY DAY.
17 FOR OUR LIGHT AND MOMENTARY TROUBLES
ARE ACHIEVING FOR US AND ETERNAL GLORY
THAT FAR OUTWEIGHS THEM ALL.
18 SO WE FIX OUR EYES NOT ON WHAT IS SEEN,
BUT ON WHAT IS UNSEEN.
FOR WHAT IS SEEN IS TEMPORARY,
BUT WHAT IS UNSEEN IS ETERNAL.
(2 Corinthians 4)