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2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Good News Translation (GNT)


  3   For if the gospel we preach is hidden, it is
   hidden only from those who are being lost.
  4   They do not believe, because their minds
   have been kept in the dark by the evil god of
   this world. He keeps them from seeing the
   light shining on them, the light that comes
   from the Good News about the glory of Christ,
   who is the exact likeness of God.
  5   For it is not ourselves that we preach; we
   preach Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves
   as your servants for Jesus' sake.
  6   The God who said, "Out of darkness the
   light shall shine!" is the same God who made
   his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the
   knowledge of God's glory shining in the face
   of Christ.


   Commentary taken from
   'The Applied New Testament Commentary'

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    2 Corinthians 4:3-6

The only ones who cannot see the truth of Paul's Gospel are those whose minds and hearts have been covered with the "veil" of unbelief.

The veil is not covering the Gospel; it is covering the minds of unbelievers. Their spiritual eyes have been blinded to the truth.

To proclaim the Gospel to such people is like giving a mirror to a blind man.

The god of this age is Satan. He has blinded the minds of unbelievers. Because of their blindness, unbelieving men cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of the Christ.

Paul's main work as an apostle was to make blind men see and to turn them from darkness to the glorious light of God.

Jesus is the image of God, in whom, the invisible God has been made visible. But only those who have not been blinded by unbelief can recognize who the Christ is.

Paul writes: For we do not preach ourselves. That is, Paul and his colleagues did not puff themselves up with pride, they did not seek honour from men.

Instead, setting forth the truth plainly (verse 2), Paul preached the Gospel of the lord and nothing else.

Even though Paul was an apostle, he was not the Corinthians' master; rather, he was their servant.

In one way, Paul was the servant only of Jesus, and not of any other man. But in another way, Paul made himself a servant of all men for Jesus' sake.

In so doing, Paul was following the example of Jesus Himself, who, being in very nature God ... made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.

In the beginning, God said, "Let there be light". And even today God continues to say to all men: "Let there be light."

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

At the time we first believed in Jesus, God's light began to shine in our hearts in order to reveal to us His own glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life".

One day on the road to Damascus, Paul himself had seen the light of Christ, and his life had been changed forever.

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