God said that light should shine out of the darkness. He is the same one who shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in clay pots so that the awesome power belongs to God and doesn't come from us.
We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren't crushed. We are confused, but we aren't depressed.
We are harassed, but we aren't abandoned. We are knocked down, but we aren't knocked out.
We always carry Jesus' death around in our bodies so that Jesus' life can also be seen in our bodies.
We who are alive are always being handed over to death for Jesus' sake so that Jesus' life can also be seen in our bodies that are dying.
So death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
We have the same faithful spirit as what is written in scripture: I had faith, and so I spoke. We also have faith, and so we also speak.
We do this because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus, and he will bring us into his presence along with you.
All these things are for your benefit. As grace increases to benefit more and more people, it will cause gratitude to increase, which results in God's glory.
So we aren't depressed. But even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.
Our temporary minor problems are producing an eternal stockpile of glory for us that is beyond all comparison.
We don't focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can't be seen. The things that can be seen don't last, but the things that can't be seen are eternal.