Displaying the gospel - Explore the Bible for May 6, 2018
Explore the Bible
May 6, 2018
2 Corinthians 4:5-18 (ESV)
Last month Christians around the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.
For most believers, Easter is an important time of meditation on the work of Christ on the cross and what it means for each person who puts faith in Him.
But a focus on the gospel and work of Christ should not be relegated to just Easter and Christmas – it should be the driving force of our lives.
In 2 Corinthians 4 Paul told the Corinthian believers, “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).
This is an amazing statement. Paul was saying that the same God Who made light shine out of darkness by simply speaking has changed the hearts of men in order that we might see His glory through the face of His Son Jesus Christ.
We all get caught up with the mundane day-to-day of life and lose sight of the awesome power of God, but passages like this should serve to ignite our passion for the gospel.
Paul was speaking to followers of Christ in this passage in an effort to encourage them to recognize the power of what God has done in sending Jesus.
As Christians, I believe all of us should be challenged when we read of and recognize the power of Christ. It should make us want to do everything in our power to see more people experience the salvation that we have experienced and point us toward the only way that men and women can be saved – through hearing, receiving and believing in the good news of the gospel.
In this life, we will always have to battle our sinful nature and the temptation to lose sight of eternity in favor of temporal things, but we can take great encouragement from Paul’s inspired words, “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).