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Summary: This Treasure – 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 1 to chapter 5 verse 10 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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We Have a Glorious Ministry (chapter 4 verses 1-6)

We Have a Valuable Treasure (chapter 4 verses 7-12).

We Have a Confident Faith (chapter 4 verses 13-18).

We Have a Future Hope (chapter 5 verses 1-10)



• We all love the idea of finding a hidden treasure;

• Maybe in a second hand shop or at a car boot sale.

• To find an expensive item and to buy it for a fraction of its value,

• That is of course the basis for TV shows like:

• ‘The Antiques Road Show’ and ‘Flog It!’

• ‘Bargain Hunt’ and ‘Storage Wars’

• The principle is the same;

• People bring in their antiques or artefacts, or go searching for ‘something’

• And then later I the show an expert appraiser tell them what the pieces are worth.


• It happened this week on ‘The Antiques Road Show’

• A portrait of etcher Leopold Löwenstam by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

• It has been lost to the world for decades;

• And then ‘out-of-the-blue’ a relative, the great-great-grandson;

• Of the man for whom it was made turned up with the painting.

• The portrait was described by the Antiques Roadshow’s pictures expert;

• As one of the “best pictures we have ever seen on the Roadshow in its entire history”,

• And is believed to have received one of the show’s highest valuations.

• Yours for around £20 million pounds.

• These shows like ‘The Antiques Road Show’ are popular;

• Because they tap into everyone’s fantasy of finding a hidden treasure.

• TRANSITION: Verse 7 of our passage this morning tells us;

• That every Christian has a rare and valuable artefact;

• So valuable is this treasure that silver and gold cannot purchase it!

• Therefore God has given it to us as a gift.

• The treasure is not an artefact but a person – Jesus Christ.

• And the clay pot in which it is contained – are his followers.

• Verse 7: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay”


• This treasure is what keeps Christians strong in difficult times;

• And that is the key theme of this section.

• In fact the theme is repeated for us in verse 1 and verse 16:

• N.I.V.: “Therefore we do not lose heart.”

• K.J.B.: "We faint not!"

• Other translations render it:

• “We do not give up” or “We do not become discouraged”

• We have noted in previous studies that the apostle Paul:

• Had plenty of reasons to be discouraged,

• Yet the apostle was not a quitter, he was a fighter;

• And he lets us into his secret of what it was that kept him from giving up.

• His secret was;

• He knew what he possessed in Jesus Christ!

• Instead of complaining about what he did not have,

• Paul rejoiced in what he did have!

• And you and I can do the same thing;

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