1Such by God's mercy is our ministry, and therefore we do not waver 2but have renounced al shameful secrecy. It is not our way to be devious, or to falsify the word of God;instead, in God's sight we commend ourselves to every human being with a conscience by showing the truthopenly. 3If our gospel seems to be veiled at al , it is so to those who are on the way to destruction, 4the unbelievers whose minds have been blinded by the god of this world, so that they cannot seeshining the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5It is not ourselves that we are proclaiming, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servantsfor Jesus' sake. 6It is God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' that has shone into our hearts to enlighten themwith the knowledge of God's glory, the glory on the face of Christ. 7But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, so that the immensity of the power is God's and notour own. 8We are subjected to every kind of hardship, but never distressed; we see no way out but we neverdespair; 9we are pursued but never cut off; knocked down, but stil have some life in us; 10always we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible inour body. 11Indeed, while we are stil alive, we are continually being handed over to death, for the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible in our mortal flesh. 12In us, then, death is at work; in you, life. 13But as we have the same spirit of faith as is described in scripture -- I believed and therefore I spoke-we, too, believe and therefore we, too, speak, 14realising that he who raised up the Lord Jesus wil raise us up with Jesus in our turn, and bring us tohimself -- and you as wel . 15You see, everything is for your benefit, so that as grace spreads, so, to the glory of God, thanksgivingmay also overflow among more and more people. 16That is why we do not waver; indeed, though this outer human nature of ours may be fal ing intodecay, at the same time our inner human nature is renewed day by day. 17The temporary, light burden of our hardships is earning us for ever an utterly incomparable, eternalweight of glory, 18since what we aim for is not visible but invisible. Visible things are transitory, but invisible thingseternal.
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