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15 December, 2015

Search The Scriptures —Study 5— 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10

Study 5 From The Book of 2 Corinthians Is: 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10

1.    Why has God placed the ‘treasure’ of 4:6 in a weak vessel—the earthen vessel of man’s frail human nature? How does this arrangement work out in actual experience? See 4:7-12.  How do present afflictions appear to the eye of faith, and what prospect is seen at the end? See 4:13-18.
2.    In 5:1-4 Paul defines one aspect of the future prospect more closely. What awaits him after death? Or, if Christ should come first, as would be Paul’s desire (verse 4), what awaits him at His coming? How is Paul sure that this prospect is no mirage, and what effect has it upon his present aim? See verse 5-10.
Notes
  1. 4:10-12. Cf. 1:8-10; 6:9.
  2. 5:3, 4. ‘Not be found naked’: a reference to the unclothing that takes place at death, when the spirit leaves its earthly body. Paul’s desire was, as verse 4 shows, that he might live to see the second coming, and to escape death.  Cf. 1 Cor. 15:53.
  3. 5:10. The issues of the judgement here spoken of are not eternal life or death; but praise or blame, glory or disgrace. Cf. 1 Jn. 2:28.