February 5, 1989
Ministry can be daunting—so much so, in fact, that in his second letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wondered, “Who is equal to such a task?” Alistair Begg walks us through Paul’s answer to this probing question. Through a series of powerful images and illustrations, Paul shows that what sets true Christian ministers apart from the false teachers of his day—and ours—isn’t fame, profit, or success. Instead, it’s a sincere commitment to personal integrity, self-forgetfulness, and the proclamation of the Gospel.
14But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our1 hearts, to be known and read by all. 3And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.2
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