24 Aug. 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

24 Aug. God makes his light shine in our hearts

"God, with his mercy, gave us this work to do, so we don't give up. But we have turned away from secret and shameful ways. We use no trickery, and we do not change the teaching of God. We teach the truth plainly, showing everyone who we are. Then they can know in their hearts what kind of people we are in God's sight."

"If the Good News that we preach is hidden, it is hidden only to those who are lost. The devil who rules this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They cannot see the light of the Good News - the Good News about the glory of Christ, who is exactly like God."

"We do not preach about ourselves, but we preach that Jesus Christ is Lord and that we are your servants for Jesus."

"God once said, 'Let the light shine out of the darkness!' [Genesis 1:3-4] This is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ."

          (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)



Paul emphasises that the message he preaches is the plain truth. There is no trickery involved, and he is completely open about who he is and what he does.

So if people don't recognise the Good News about Jesus, it's not because Paul has tried to hide anything. Indeed, it's the enemy of the truth who has "blinded the minds of those who do not believe". (2 Corinthians 4:4)

In contrast to those who have been kept in the dark by the ‘gods’ of this world, the Good News of Jesus brings light into people’s lives. This light stems from the glory of Christ, “who is exactly like God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

In fact, it's the same God who created light out of darkness who has "made his light shine in our hearts" by revealing Jesus to us, and by filling our lives with his glorious Holy Spirit.

The photo of Montreal at night illustrates how the Good News of Jesus brings light to those in darkness.

You can read more @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/1…/christs-victory-parade/

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