God delights in using imperfect messengers to communicate the beauty of the Gospel. Paul spent his adult life spreading the Gospel. He was afflicted, persecuted, and pursued but never abandoned or despairing. The power of God shined through his life and he was gladly spent in service to the Corinthians and the church of Jesus Christ. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 4:6-11.
In this section, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he had a shameful past but he has renounced it. His handling of the word of God has been pure and straightforward for their benefit. He allows that if the gospel is veiled, it is so because of the blinded and wicked minds of unbelievers.
Their minds are blinded out of pride and wickedness and are further rendered blind because of the actions of Satan himself, the god of this world.
Paul has made a conscious commitment by the grace of the Holy Spirit to focus solely on the Lord Jesus Christ preaching Him and rendering himself a slave to the church at Corinth as he does to every other church that he serves. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 4: 2-5.
The self-imposed veil that obscures our view of the Lord Jesus Christ is removed from the elect at salvation. It remains with unbelievers. Once removed, ministers of Christ who are the Church, are sanctified day by day, step by step to become the letter of commendation that Paul references in chapter 3:1.
The true liberty that the Holy Spirit gives, frees God’s ministers to do the works He planned for them before time began. Paul encourages the Corinthians and us by extension not to lose heart but to live in that liberty. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 3:16-4:1.
Paul here reminds the Corinthians that the glory of the Old Testament pales in comparison to the glory of the New Testament and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ consummating everything the Old Testament pointed to and anticipated. His speeches bold and to the point, because he has the truth-the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jews of that time continue to have a veil over their understanding because they would not accept the Messiah. Unbelief today results in the same thing. 2 Corinthians 3:10-16.
Paul reminds the Corinthians that the Old Testament Ministry of death is no place to put their confidence. He and they need to have confidence in Christ who has saved them, equipped them and blessed them. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 3:3-9.
Paul moves from his description of near discouragement to joy in Christ because of His finished work. He then again defends his sincere promulgation of the gospel and reminds the Corinthians that they are his letters of commendation. An exposition of 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:2.
Cornel was raised on a cattle ranch north of Sandpoint with his parents and 4 siblings. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1974. Cornel studied veterinary medicine at North Idaho College and The University of Idaho. He left college and married Kim Luckey in 1976. He worked in the lumber and logging industry until 1981 when he became the manager of the Army Surplus Store.
Cornel and Kim have 3 children and 16 grandchildren. Cornel was saved in 1975 and has been involved in the teaching ministry for 3 decades. As a young Christian, he was discipled by Jess Whetsel and finds great joy in joining him in ministry at KCC where he is active in teaching and occasional preaching. Cornel has been an elder at KCC since 2014.