II Cor. 4:8-12
July 14, 1993
INTRODUCTION: (Nike); to conquer; to prevail; to overcome.
I John 4:4, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them, because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
I John 5:4, "For whatever is born of God overcometh the world;
and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our
Manley Beasley said, "Having it said of you, what's been written
of you in this blessed book."
Paul gives a running commentary on victory. It has been said
that ministry that costs nothing, accomplishes nothing. The
test of true ministry is not "stars" but "scars."
Gal. 6:17, "Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my
body the marks of the Lord Jesus."
This text emphasizes human inability as offset by divine
enablement. God's servants have His truth in earthen vessels
that are fragile and subject to damage. By utilizing frail
human ministries, God demonstrates that the "surpassing
greatness of the power," which transforms men's lives is from
God and not from any man. J. Hudson Taylor, missionary to
China, "All God's giants have been weak men who did great things
for God because they reckoned on Him being with them."
I. PAUL'S EXPERIENCE WITH VICTORY. v.8-9
A. DISMAYED BUT NOT DISTRESSED. 8
"troubled" - oppressed; pressed;
"distressed" - narrowness of place
"perplexed" - to be without a way;
without resources; suffer ...
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