2 Corinthians 4:1
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart”
The scriptures, unfortunately, are often misunderstood because of the segmenting of the text. Remember the epistle was written as a letter. It was not written with chapter and verse. We must be careful to watch for words like “therefore”. The preceding verses have much to do with the word therefore.
2 Cor. 4:1 is no exception, chapter 3 exhorts us to be hopeful in the revelation that comes with our salvation. God speaks to us through the work of Christ’s redemptive life, death, and resurrection. “only in Christ is the veil taken away… Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Therefore, makes a difference.
Because our lives are now baptized into Christ, we do not lose heart. All that we endure, battle, suffer, and yes, succeed in, are for His purpose, His glory, and His honor. It is no longer I that live but Christ in me! I am free from condemnation, and the tyranny of my own flesh. The veil has been lifted.
Paul’s exhortation to the church at Corinth points to the finished work of redemption. The veil of darkness and ignorance, concealing the plan of God is lifted. His blood has healed the sinner’s blindness. I can see.
I am redeemed; therefore, I am at rest in Him. The veil has been lifted and my hope is secure. I was blind but now I see. How can I lose heart? We are more than conquerors. Look up, your redemption draws near.