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Quick notes on chapter 4…

MY quick notes on chapter 4:

  • Paul and Timothy’s ministry concerns the unveiled glory of Christ revealed in the new covenant – for which they have received mercy for obtaining of the hope to be transformed into the glory of the Lord.
  • They have renounced (The meaning “to renounce” may carry with it the thought of forbidding the approach of the things disowned.) the hidden things (behind the veil).
  • If their good news is veiled, it is only to those who are perishing (losing the glory) because of unfaithfulness (not being full of God’s Word and acting upon it with lifestyle changes).
  • The “god of this age” – because glory has to do with the age to come – obscures (veils) their minds.  They cannot be illuminated, enlightened concerning the gospel of the glory of Christ.
  • Verse 6 tells us from Whom – God – the light of the “knowing” of the glory of God in the face of Christ – Christ has no veil!
  • Verse 7 – The power that throws forth the light of the gospel of the glory comes from God – not Paul and Timothy.
  • Verse 8 – This power to shine forth this gospel is enabled even in Paul’s afflictions.
  • This power is also the power of God who raised Jesus from the dead!  Only looking (taking aim at) the things in the coming age enables Paul to give thanks for the renewing taking place in his “inner man” while outwardly suffering affliction!

Our bodies are perishing daily!  There is only ONE remedy: the “inner man” being renewed daily!  We can be healthy inwardly only through sound doctrine.  “Doctrine” is singular.  Only one thing renews us – the good news of the glory of Christ and hope to be transformed into His glory in His Day – the age to come!  Beware of spending time attempting to renew your “outward man.”  We must “take aim at”  – to spy out – the promised inheritance to come.

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April 30, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

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