2 Corinthians 4



2 Corinthians 4 emphasizes the nature of the ministry as a divine calling, the challenges faced in carrying out this ministry, and the enduring hope and faith that sustain believers through difficulties. The chapter underscores the theme of the surpassing power of God amid human weakness and challenges.


  1. The Treasure in Jars of Clay (2 Corinthians 4:1-6): Paul speaks of the ministry as a divine calling and describes it as a treasure carried in jars of clay. The treasure is the light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Despite facing opposition and challenges, Paul emphasizes the need for openness and sincerity in proclaiming the Gospel.
  2. Affliction and Perseverance (2 Corinthians 4:7-12): Paul acknowledges the challenges and afflictions faced in his ministry, but he highlights that these hardships serve to display the surpassing power of God. Though he may be struck down, he is not destroyed. The suffering of the apostles is seen as sharing in the sufferings of Christ.
  3. Hope and the Unseen (2 Corinthians 4:13-18): Paul emphasizes the importance of faith and hope. Though outwardly there may be decay and difficulty, inwardly there is renewal day by day. The temporary afflictions are seen as preparing believers for an eternal weight of glory beyond comparison. The focus is on the unseen, not the seen, which is temporary.