Today's passage: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
- The truth of the gospel is not seen by all (Those who remained veiled from chapter 3). But this does not require us to lose heart. Nor does it require us to devise new strategies to sweeten the gospel.
- Paul's method of communicating the gospel: The open statement of the truth.
- When someone rejects our open statement of the truth (The gospel), these things must be remembered:
- Satan blinds minds.
- They are first rejecting God, not you (“What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord.”)
- We have succeeded whether those who hear repent or not. “The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” has shone.
Questions to consider:
- Sometimes we feel like we shouldn't share the gospel until we have a PhD in apologetics. How does this passage argue against that feeling? What is it that we are responsible to share?
- What other concerns can prevent us from sharing the gospel with others? What truths must we consider to get over those fears?
- Though we have no need to change the way we speak or write out the gospel message, where are all the places we could give an open statement of the truth (Maybe even some places Paul never had access to)? Where (And/or with whom) could you share the gospel today?