August 15th (Martyrdom for Christ) We are in our right mind
11: For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12: So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13: We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14: Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15: For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Previously Paul had said that, we are troubled by things that are all around us but we are not upset by them. We are perplexed but we have not lost all hope. We are persecuted but God has not forsaken us. We are depressed but we are not destroyed by anything. We are carrying around in our bodies the death of the Lord Jesus, so that the life of Jesus Christ might be revealed in our bodies. Now Paul continues saying that we who serve the Lord are living in Christ are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of the Lord Jesus might be revealed in our bodies. Death is working in us but life is working in you. We have the same spirit of faith. It is written - l believe and therefore l have spoken. We believe and therefore we speak. God who raised up the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us up from the dead and you will be raised with us. All we do is for you, so that the overflowing of the grace of God might bring thanksgiving from many and lead to the glory of God. Because of this we do not faint but although our bodies might be destroyed yet our spirits are renewed every day. This affliction which is very light and which lasts for just a moment of time works to our benefit a far more and exceeding and eternal weight of glory. We do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. Because the things which we see all around us are temporary. But the things which we do not see now are eternal.
- How is the life of Christ revealed in the lives of the Apostles?
- How does Paul describe his sufferings?
- How does Paul's vision effect how to sees his life and ministry?