Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn't come from us.
In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up.
We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed.
We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies.
While we are alive, we are constantly handed over to death for Jesus' sake so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our mortal nature.
Death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
The following is written, "I believed; therefore, I spoke." We have that same spirit of faith. We also believe; therefore, we also speak.
We know that the one who brought the Lord Jesus back to life will also bring us back to life through Jesus. He will present us to God together with you.
All this is for your sake so that, as God's kindness overflows in the lives of many people, it will produce even more thanksgiving to the glory of God.
That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day.