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Dr. June Normil
During his ministry, it seems Paul faced an almost constant battle with false teachers who opposed his ministry. These opponents tried to distort his character, even as they distored the truth of God's Word. Paul disputed with these evil men. However, he did not do so by puffing up his own status or using deceptive tatics like his oppositions. Rather, Paul simply declared the truth of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:1-2). Even though Paul proclaimed the gospel in a plain, staightforward manner, that did not mean that everyone would receive it with gladness. Many have their hearts veiled to the truth and power of the message of Christ (verse 3-4). How is this possible? we might wonder. Sadly, many in our world have been blinded by Satan and are unable to see the truth. This doesn't mean they are not accountable for their actions or helpless to respond to the gospel. rather, sin hardens human hearts. As people perist in rejecting the truth, they become dull to truth and increasingly receptive to sinful influences (see Ephesians 4:18-20). Paul, however, rejected any such influences. He preached only Christ (see Ephesians 4:18-20). It is easy to think of ourselves as powerful voices of authority, since our message is so powerful. But God calls us to humility, recognizing that He is the focus of our proclamation. He alone has the power to transform lives.
[For Pesonal Reflection] Can you remember when God illuminated your sin-darkened heart?
GREAT ETERNAL REWARD (2 CORINTHIANS 4:13-18)
Today's lessson challenges us to examine how we view ourselves in light of the power of the gospel that is at work among us. When Scripture declares that the gospel is brought to the world through jars of clay, we are reminded that our message must center on God's promises, not the delivery system that informs people of those promises. Take a moment to consider how you view yourself in light of the incredible divine power at work within you. Keep in mind that you are valued by God, in that He works in and through you. Yet the effectiveness of what you do for Him is not up to you. Pray that you will minister for Him according to His will, believing that sinners will find salvation and Christians will be encouraged through your obedience to Christ.
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 99 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May. 2018 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil