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8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered inthe province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure,so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises thedead
(2 Cor 1:8-9)
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the lifeof Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being
given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal
body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
(2 Cor 4:7-12)Chapters 8-9
Paul turns his mind to a collection of money for the poor churches inJerusalem.The glory of the gospel is seen in the content and not the vessel.The example of the Macedonians:
Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled upin rich generosity
2 Cor 8:22 Cor 8:9 -
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he wasrich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Following the example of Jesus and giving ourselves (and our money) away to enrichthe lives of others.The climax of it all
2 Cor 9:7 -
Each man should give what he has decided in hisheart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver