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Jeannie Koh
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Jeannie's published pages
LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
1 Peter 4:8
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
1 Peter 4:5
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB147 Seeing is believing
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
Published January 23rd, 2017
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2 Corinthians 4:6-7
See LAB147 here : Excerpt: Principle for Bible Reading APTAT We need God to open our eyes in Bible study. We are not smart enough, diligent enough, and don’t have enough commentaries to get us to understand how we need too. We need God’s Spirit to bless us with sight and transformation. A.P.T.A.T is a practical way to rely on God when your Bible is open before you: Admit that you need God’s help to focus and be engaged. It might be helpful to cast all present anxieties on him before you begin your study ( 1 Peter 5:6–7 ). Pray for help to not only understand God’s Word but to be obedient to it ( James 1:22 ). Trust a specific promise. In this case, Paul’s words to Timothy may be helpful: Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. ( 2 Timothy 2:7 ). Act by prayerfully reading, thinking, and meditating on truth. Thank God for his word and for meeting you whether you feel like it was especially rich or not.
Main point summary
God's Power to Shine Light In Our Hearts
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
For God who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,” *
has shone in our hearts
Pastor John draws a parallel between "shone in our hearts" here and having "this treasure in clay jars" in 7a,b below.
to give the light
there is a parallel between God shining light in creating the physical world in 6b, and here shining light of the knowledge of God's glory.
of the knowledge *
of God’s glory *
in the face of Jesus Christ.
Now we have this treasure
This treasure would refer to the reference above, "the light of the knowledge of God's glory...".
in clay jars,
Pastor John sees the parallel (see 6c) pointing to the clay jars being our hearts - hearts that are prone to unbelief, unfaithfulness, idolatry, wavering allegiances.
so that this extraordinary power
This power, understood within this context, refers to the power to shine 6d-g in our hearts.
* may be from God
and not from us.
Study questions
1. How might Satan be “blinding” unbelievers from seeing God’s glory ( 2 Corinthians 4:4–7 )? I can think of various ways Satan might be blinding us by distracting us by lesser good things than God's glory enticing us to make much of ourselves or each other accusing us that we are too weak, too ashamed to see God 2. How much power does it take for God to overcome this blindness? What does this tell us about our lostness? This passage seems to indicate that as much power as it took for God to create the world, to shine light into the darkness of the unformed world, that is how much power it takes for Him to overcome our blindness. This tells us that we are indeed that lost, that blind, that unable to see light unless this level of power to shine truth in our fragile hearts happens. 3. What is the treasure in 2 Corinthians 4:6–7 ? "This treasure" is what is stated before in v 6: the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ Jesus. LOOK UP Comparing Translations
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
6 ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ὁ εἰπών• ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψει, ὃς ἔλαμψεν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν προσώπῳ [Ἰησοῦ] Χριστοῦ. 7 Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν, ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν•
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
6 For God, who said, m “Let light shine out of darkness,” n has shone in our hearts to give o the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Treasure in Jars of Clay 7 But we have this treasure in p jars of clay, q to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
6 For God, who said “ Let light shine out of darkness ,” 12 is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge 13 of God in the face of Christ. 14 An Eternal Weight of Glory 7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power 15 belongs to God and does not come from us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
6 For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” * has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge * of God’s glory * in the face of Jesus Christ. Treasure in Clay Jars 7 Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power * may be from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” * made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of Godʼs glory displayed in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Jeannie Koh
I do too Steven, thanks be to God for His patience and continual working in us!
Steven Long
Thank you very much for the encouragement. We sometimes forget ther simple things and need these reminders often; at least I do :) Thanks again.
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