2 Corinthians 4:7-18

2 Corinthians 4:7–18 (ASV 1901)

7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves; 8we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; 9pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed; 10always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. 11For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, I believed, and therefore did I speak; we also believe, and therefore also we speak; 14knowing that he that raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound unto the glory of God.

16Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; 18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

For Hudson Taylor and his missionary companions, reaching the many Chinese souls that were yet without a Saviour was of paramount importance and every discomfort they had to suffer for that to happen was welcomed. And so, with a smile rather than a complaint, hardships associated with their work were borne.
The Taylors were undaunted even after suffering intense persecution and trials. In separate letters, they both counted as light and momentary their suffering for the sake of gospel, fixing their eyes on the weightier eternal glory that a harvest of souls would bring to God's Kingdom.