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02/24/2012

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The Agony And Ecstasy


"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us" (2 Cor.4:7).

In Jesus' day, treasures might be concealed in plain clay jars that had little value. Because they had little value or beauty, they would hopefully not attract attention to themselves and their contents. In today's verse they represent the apostle Paul's human frailty and unworthiness. The concept here is the insufficiency of humans compared to total sufficiency of God. In the previous verse Paul writes about his ministry. "For God who said. 'let light shine out of darkness,' made his light to shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (V 6). Since Jesus placed the spreading of His message in the hands of humans, that must make us the clay jars. Though we are frail, through the message we carry we can become powerful agents for the Lord. The message is about the Word of God and the truth of the gospel. It is this light and treasure that allows us, though we are but jars of clay, to exhibit the sufficiency of God. The frailty of Paul is shown through the constant persecutions and hardships that he suffered. Though he was a jar of clay, the light and treasure that was within him always prevailed. I guess that the agony is our frail nature. The ecstasy is that God loves us so much that he allows us to have and carry the treasure....He made his light to shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. The frailty of our jars of clay is insignificant when we realize the treasure that is within them. A treasure that is in exhaustible, and can be shared....

Have a great day...Share all day... Love mark Phil.4:11

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