How can the treasure be manifested in you today?
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us (2 Cor. 4:7).
God, through the enlightenment of His shining, has laid a treasure into every Christian believer—the Christ of glory (2 Cor 4:4), who is the embodiment of God to be our life and our everything.
Without a doubt, the vessel is worthless.
It is earthen and is powerless in being able to manifest the treasure.
Often the vessel just gets in the way and the treasure remains hidden.
So how does God manifest such a priceless treasure?
It is by the super excellent power of the priceless treasure (v.7) and through the work of the cross in the putting to death of Jesus (v. 10-11):
- Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
- For we who are alive are always being delivered unto death for Jesus sake that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
We do have this treasure in us.
But in order for the treasure to be seen, to be manifested, the killing of the cross must come to us.
And in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Paul describes a daily living that is being attacked from every side, pressed, and even restricted.
This does not sound pleasant.
But it may sound familiar. And actually, the troubles and difficulties, oppositions and persecutions that the Lord allows to come upon us make it possible to have the manifestation of life.
They provide the opportunity for the life and power of the treasure to be manifested.
Such situations are even the proper situation for the manifestation of the life of Christ —the resurrection life.
Therefore, do not lose heart! The killing of the cross results in the manifestation of the resurrection life. This daily killing is for the release of the divine life in resurrection.
If you cry out for the Lord to have mercy on you, He may indicate that the greatest mercy is for you to be in such a situation in order to have the manifestation of life.
As we manifest Christ as life in the midst of these sufferings we inexplicably have the experience of not being in turmoil.
In verses 8-9, no matter how much Paul was afflicted or attacked, with him there was no turmoil. Instead, there was the manifestation of life.
This manifestation of life produced a condition of peace and calm. He could feel pressed on every side but not constricted and cast down but not destroyed.
Today, when we experience the Spirit, life is manifested.
When life is manifested, we are brought into a condition of peace, where nothing is wrong or out of order. In such a condition, not only is the life of Christ manifested but also the excelling greatness of the power of this treasure.
2 Cor 4:7, Holy Bible Recovery Version, Footnote 2:
This treasure, the indwelling Christ, in us, the earthen vessels, is the divine source of the supply for the Christian life. It is by the excellent power of this treasure that the apostles as the ministers of the new covenant were capable of living a crucified life that the resurrection life of Christ, whom they ministered, might be manifested. Thus, they manifested the truth (v. 2) for the shining of the gospel.