What Does 2 Corinthians 4:7 Mean?

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

2 Corinthians 4:7(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Our mortal bodies are made from the dust of the earth and for the duration of our earthly life we live in frail, feeble, perishing bodies, which are decaying and dying. Seemingly they are of little worth to the great, powerful, omnipotent, eternal Creator, Who is to be praised forever and ever, amen. And yet God has taken those apparently useless, insignificant human forms and poured into them a revelation of the glorious gospel of His only begotten Son.

God has poured into our hearts the divine light of His love and glory; the glorious truth of His salvation and grace; the rich treasure of the good news of Christ, Who alone can save a sinner from the penalty and power of sin, death and hell. God caused the treasured light of the knowledge of the glory of God, to fill and flood our weak, physical bodies, so that He might live in us and work through us – for our eternal benefit and for His greater praise and glory. And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power within, may be of God – and not of us.

The new, eternal life of the resurrected Lord Jesus was breathed into our bodies, which were dead in trespasses and sins. And also, the Holy Spirit of God took up permanent residence within our weak, mortal frame, from the moment we trusted Christ Jesus, for the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting. The almighty Creator, Who caused, light to shine out of darkness, is the One Who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ – so that His life may dwell in us, and His love may to shine into our hearts, so that we may be made ministers of His grace and show forth the excellency of His power to those that remain dead in their trespasses and sins.

There is no merit in us that we should be so honoured, as the contrast between our frail, feeble, perishing bodies and His divine strength and eternal light demonstrates – but by His goodness and grace this heavenly treasure has been placed in earthen vessels, which is Christ in us the hope of glory, so that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Not only are we the vessels into which the glorious truth of the gospel of God has been poured, but our body is also the temple of the Holy Spirit, Who uses this gospel light to guide us into all truth and as we proclaim the glorious gospel of grace to others – Let us praise His name for His inestimable grace towards us.

My Prayer

Thank You Father that You have poured into my heart the light of Your gospel, which is from Christ Jesus my Saviour. I am not worthy to have received the new, resurrected life of Christ in this earthen vessel. Nor am I worthy to have the indwelling holy Spirit in my heart to lead and guide me. But thank You that in Your grace I have this wonderful treasure in my earthly body and pray that the excellency of the power of God may work through me as I die to self and live for Christ. May my life be a living witness to others to Your saving grace and excellent power. I am not worthy to gather up the crumbs under Your table and yet You have given me this treasure in my heart, for which I thank You in Jesus name, AMEN.

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