1 God, with his mercy, gave us this work to do. So we don’t give up. 2 But we have turned away from secret and shameful ways. We don’t use trickery, and we don’t change the teaching of God. No! We teach the truth plainly. This is how we show people who we are. And this is how they can know in their hearts what kind of people we are before God. 3 The Good News that we tell people may be hidden. But it is hidden only to those people who are lost. 4 The ruler of this world ˻(the devil)˼ has blinded the minds of people who don’t believe. They cannot see the light ˻(truth)˼ of the Good News—the Good News about the glory of Christ. Christ is the One who is exactly like God. 5 We don’t tell people about ourselves. But we tell people that Jesus Christ is Lord; and we tell people that we are your servants for Jesus. 6 God once said, “The light will shine out of the darkness!” And this is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts. He gave us light by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ. 7 We have this treasure ˻from God˼. But we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that this great power is from God, not from us. 8 We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up. 9 We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 10 We have the death of Jesus in our own bodies. We carry this death so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies ˻(lives)˼. 11 We are alive, but for Jesus we are always in danger of death. This happens to us so that the life of Jesus can be seen in our bodies that die. 12 So death is working in us, but life is working in you. 13 The Scriptures say, “I believed, so I spoke.” Our faith is like that too. We believe, and so we speak. 14 God raised the Lord Jesus from death. And we know that God will also raise us with Jesus. God will bring us together with you, and we will stand before him. 15 All these things are for you. And so the grace ˻(kindness)˼ of God is being given to more and more people. This will bring more and more thanks to God for his glory. 16 That is why we never become weak. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. 17 We have small troubles for a while now, but those troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than the troubles. 18 So we think about the things we cannot see, not what we see. The things we see continue only a short time. And the things we cannot see will continue forever.