And because of His mercy we all have this ministry and we must not lose heart. But rather we must renounce negative and shameful ways; we should not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if the truth is hidden, it is veiled to those who live in the mind and not the heart. The worldly things have blinded the minds of those who do not believe so that they cannot see the light the glory who is the image of God. For what we say is not of ourselves, but of God. For God said, “Let light shine out of darkness, make his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in His face.
We all have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in us. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we must not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we can be renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that will far outweigh them all. So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.