The god1 of this age2 has blinded3 the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,4 who is the image of God.55
For we do not preach ourselves,6 but Jesus Christ as Lord,7 and ourselves as your servants8 for Jesus' sake.
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"a9 made his light shine in our hearts10 to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.117
But we have this treasure in jars of clay12 to show that this all-surpassing power is from God13 and not from us.
We are hard pressed on every side,14 but not crushed; perplexed,15 but not in despair;
persecuted,16 but not abandoned;17 struck down, but not destroyed.1810
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,19 so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.2011
For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake,21 so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.
So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.2213
It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."b23 With that same spirit of faith24 we also believe and therefore speak,
because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead25 will also raise us with Jesus26 and present us with you in his presence.27