QTVOTD: I Believe, Therefore I Speak…

13 Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak,
14 Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.
15 For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. 2 Corinthians 4:13-16 [AMP]

There are a couple of really poignant things that jumped out at me today with this passage.

  1. The ‘one who had wrote” was the Psalmist of Psalms 116:10. Paul just adopts the aspect that because we believe, we speak…and we speak confidently knowing who our God is…the One who raised Jesus from the dead. With the power, what do we have to fear from man.
  2. Then Paul talks about the product or fruit of speaking and teaching is to extend the reach of God’s grace through the gift of His Son in the Gospel message all that will hear. Not only with grace be propagated but thankfulness and gratefulness, glorifying God, would also be increased.
  3. When Paul and his group receive is a perseverance when they see the fruit of their obedience and courage. They stay upbeat and without discouragement.
  4. Finally, Paul says something that all aging God following Christians can identify with; a deterioration of the fleshly body but a renewing and purification of our spirit through sanctification on the inside as we get older and grow in our knowledge of Him.


I have to keep all of these points Paul makes in the forefront of my mind. Looking for the opportunities to speak and extend the potential of God grace through spreading the Gospel. Regardless of my circumstances and situations, I must keep my eyes focused on the One Who raises people from the dead. Finally, continuing to learn more about the character and person of my Lord and King, Jesus; even when my body begins to fail.

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