2 Corinthians 4:

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

The god of this world, the devil has blinded the MINDS of them which believe not/those who are lost, and the reason he blinds them is because he doesn’t want them to know/believe the glorious gospel of Christ.  

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

We preach not ourselves (our political, social beliefs and lifestyles) – instead, we are to preach the Lord Jesus Christ (according to the revelation of the mystery), and ourselves as servants (preaching the gospel and edifying saints) for Jesus’ sake – not our own sakes, namely, our worldly agendas or motives.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

“….. to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” – our calling – Ephesians 3:9 ” And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Those good works tie in with the fact that (a) we are children of light, children of God, and (b) not to offend people so that they turn their backs on God/the glorious gospel of Christ, but if sound Pauline doctrine offends them, then it is par for the course.  If people are offended by the truth, then so be it.

People must be/need to be offended for the RIGHT reasons, not the wrong reasons like questionable behaviour, social causes or politics.




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