Treasure in Jars of Clay

2 Corinthians 4

7 But we have this treasure in p jars of clay, q to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are r afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but s not forsaken; t struck down, but not destroyed; 10 u always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, v so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So w death is at work in us, but life in you.

13 Since we have x the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, y "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that z he who raised the Lord Jesus a will raise us also with Jesus and b bring us with you into his presence. 15 For c it is all for your sake, so that as d grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, e to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. f Though our outer self 1 is wasting away, g our inner self h is being renewed day by day. 17 For i this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 j as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

  1. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:20
    Now in a great house there are not only vessels...
    2 Corinthians 5:1
    For we know that if the tent that is our earthl...
    Job 10:9
    Remember that you have made me like clay; and w...
    Job 13:12
    Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defense...
    Lamentations 4:2
    The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight i...
    1 Thessalonians 4:4
    That each one of you know how to control his ow...
    1 Peter 3:7
    Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an ...
  2. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:5
    That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
    Judges 7:2
    The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.
  3. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:5
    For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn - fighting without and fear within.
    Psalms 129:2
    Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me.
  4. Cross References
    Hebrews 13:5
    Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.
    Deuteronomy 4:31
    For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 37:24
    Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
    Proverbs 24:16
    For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
    Micah 7:8
    Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 6:9
    As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and b...
    1 Corinthians 4:9
    For I think that God has exhibited us apostles ...
    1 Corinthians 15:31
    I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which ...
    2 Corinthians 1:5
    For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferin...
    2 Corinthians 1:9
    Indeed, we felt that we had received the senten...
    Romans 6:5
    For if we have been united with him in a death ...
    Romans 8:36
    As it is written, "For your sake we are being k...
  7. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:11
    The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him.
    Romans 5:10
    For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
    Romans 6:8
    Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
  8. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 13:9
    For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:9
    To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit.
    2 Peter 1:1
    Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 116:10
    I believed, even when I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted".
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 116:10
    I believed, even when I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted".
  12. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:14
    For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
    Acts 2:24
    God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
  13. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:9
    Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
  14. Cross References
    Jude 1:24
    Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.
  15. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:6
    If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
    Romans 8:28
    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  16. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:11
    You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
    2 Corinthians 9:11 - 12
    You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
  17. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:19
    And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.
  18. Cross References
    Acts 20:24
    But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
  19. Cross References
    Romans 7:22
    For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being.
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:30 - 31
    Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted.
    Romans 12:2
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  21. Cross References
    Romans 8:18
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
    1 Peter 1:6
    In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.
    1 Peter 5:10
    And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
    Psalms 30:5
    For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
    Isaiah 54:7
    For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
  22. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:7
    For we walk by faith, not by sight.
    Romans 8:24
    For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
    Hebrews 11:1
    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
    Hebrews 11:13
    These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
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