“For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure (intelligent faith revealed) in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4.4-8
When I see or hear people who once enjoyed the benefits of FAITH and, for some foolish or absurd reason, found themselves “wronged” and because of this they became relaxed in the faith, I’m reminded of how they ignored the treasure revealed to them by the Spirit of Faith. They despise, belittle or ignore what the Almighty has lent them.
I imagine that if they were living during the time of the Apostles, when some Christians were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth (Hebrews 11.35-38). They would bring shame to the Lord Jesus on this Earth.
Those who were tested and approved for upholding the treasure of faith within themselves, carried in their bodies (earthen vessels) the Light of the knowledge of the Glory of God (Faith).
“Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11.16
In fact, when a Christian is not baptized with the Holy Spirit, he is unable to see the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God, or understand what he carries within his miserable earthen vessel. His muddy eyes can only see his filthy world. Meanwhile, those who have paid the fair price for their salvation continue to be hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4.4-11