Unseen and Eternal
2 Corinthians 11:23-30; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one--I am talking like a madman--with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death...
think about it.
What does Paul choose to boast in (11:30) and why? List some things Paul experienced in his service (11:23-33). How did he regard these (4:17)? How would you describe his perspective (4:16-18)? How would you describe your perspective on the present and the future?
I doubt any of us have endured the treatment Paul encountered for following Christ. Honestly, it's hard for me to imagine just what Paul describes he went through in 2 Cor. 11:23-30. So what impact does this all have on Paul? Maybe not what we'd think because Paul doesn't give up. He doesn't stop his bold proclamation of Christ. I love his words in 2 Cor. 4:16-17 that our troubles here in this world are small and temporary, but this present affliction is preparing for us an "eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. . . For the things that are unseen are eternal."
How can we draw on Paul's experiences and words here in 2 Corinthians to help us as we go through hardships? Tami W.
P.S. If you, like Paul, have looked to the unseen and eternal to help you get through tough times, we'd love to hear about it.
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