Sept 8, 2019 The Explanation of Difficulties 2 Corinthians 4:11-15
Sisram was invited to preach. When he arrived he was jumped. He was beaten as he would not spit on the Bible.
I. Paul was sure of life
II. Paul was sure of what he said v13 Believe and Speak
III. Paul was sure of ultimate victory v14 Resurrection of Christ and Believers
IV. Paul was sure God would be Glorified. v15
What a remarkable effect the gospel of Christ has on people – both positive and negative! Those who mugged Sisram were incensed by the message of Christ. But the gospel influenced Sisram differently. He was so empowered by it that he risked his life. See the contrast? Some want to kill because of the gospel while others are willing to die for it. How do you respond to it? Have you turned in faith to Jesus? If you have, you’ve discovered the joy of living for Him. And that’s worth dying for.
Christ is the only way to heaven; all other paths are detours to doom.
The remarkable effect the gospel of Christ had on Paul was he was sure. The gospel can have the same effect on us.
1. Like Paul was in verse 11-12 we can be sure of life
2. Like Paul was in verse 13 we can be sure of what we believe and speak
3. Like Paul was in verse 14 we can be sure of the resurrection
4. Like Paul was in verse 15 we can be sure that as everything is for our benefit God will get the glory.
Are you sure? Is your faith strong enough that like Paul or Sisram that when the time of testing comes that you will stand sure. One thing we are sure of “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus. One look at His dear face and all sorrow will erase. So bravely run the race till we see Christ." (from hymn: When We see Christ by Esther Kerr Rusthoi)