哥林多后书 第四章 （2 Corinthians 4）
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do 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.
我们不过是瓦器，里面却有这宝贝，要显明这莫大的能力是上帝的，而不是我们自己的。我们压力重重，却没有崩溃；心里困惑，却不绝望。遭受迫害，却没有被遗弃；被打倒了，却没有死亡。我们身上常常带着耶稣的死，好使耶稣的生命也彰显在我们身上。因为我们这些活着的人常常为耶稣的缘故而面临死亡的威胁，好使耶稣的生命在我们这终有一死的肉身上彰显出来。 因此，死亡笼罩着我们，而生命却运行在你们身上。But we 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 our body. 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.圣经上说：“我相信，所以才说。” 我们有同样的信心，我们也相信，所以才这样说。我们知道，使主耶稣复活的上帝必使我们与耶稣一同复活，并且使我们和你们一起站在祂面前。其实一切都是为了你们，好叫恩典临到更多的人，有更多人向上帝感恩，使上帝得荣耀。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.所以，我们不气馁。身体虽然日渐衰残，内在的生命却日日更新。我们这短暂轻微的苦难正在为我们成就极大无比、永远的荣耀。我们注重的，并非看得见的事物，而是看不见的事物，因为看得见的事物都是暂时的，看不见的事物才是永恒的。
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we 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.
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