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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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;