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2 Corinthians 4

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole BibleMorgan's Exposition

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Continuing about the ministry, the apostle said, "We faint not," "we have renounced the hidden things of shame," "we preach . . . Christ Jesus as Lord." Hearing, some perish because "the god of this world hath blinded their minds," and that because of "unbelief." The god of this world is able only to blind the minds of the unbelieving.

This ministry, so full of triumph for such remarkable reasons, is yet exercised through great tribulation. The treasure is in earthen vessels, and these are subject to affliction. Yet there is in this a reason and a value. It is that the "exceeding greatness of the power may be God." From that initial statement the apostle proceeds to contrast in a very remarkable way these two things-the vessel, which is earthen, and the power, which is divine. The earthen vessel is pressed on every side, but because of the power it is not straitened. It is often perplexed, but never to the point of despair; "pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed."

This is the revelation of a great principle of all successful work. It is through travail that others live, through out-going virtue that others are healed, through breaking the earthen vessels that the light flashes out on the pathway of others. These tribulations are endured because of the certainties which give strength even in the midst of tribulations.

This very "affliction worketh" the glory. Affliction is not something to be endured in order to reach glory. It is the very process which creates the glory. Through travail comes birth. Through suffering comes the triumph. Through dying comes the living.

Bibliographical Information
Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/2-corinthians-4.html. 1857-84.
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