Browsing "2 Corinthians 9"
Monday, 2 November 2015
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
To end the chapter, and also the topic of the collection of the gift, Paul breaks into a sudden and emotional proclamation of thanksgiving. This is not at all unique to his writings as he elsewhere suddenly breaks forth in praise and thanks to God.… Read the rest
Sunday, 1 November 2015
…and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.
2 Corinthians 9:14
The actual intent of Paul’s words here is debated over, but what is certain is that the Greek is confusing. Albert Barnes gives the following analysis –
“On the grammatical construction of this difficult verse, Doddridge and Bloomfield may be consulted.… Read the rest
Saturday, 31 October 2015
…while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 2 Corinthians 9:13
This verse is widely translated and debated over. Charles Ellicott notes that its construction is that “of a participle which has no direct grammatical connection with what precedes.” It is a stand-alone thought.… Read the rest
Friday, 30 October 2015
For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 2 Corinthians 9:12
Paul, in describing the gift which is being gathered, had just mentioned that it is one “which causes thanksgiving through us to God.” To explain this further, he says, “For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints.” In this, he uses the word leitourgia which is translated as “service.” It is the basis for our word “liturgy.”
In this sense, the giving of the gift is not just to be considered a beneficent act of humanity, but one of religious significance.… Read the rest
Thursday, 29 October 2015
…while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
These words are connected in thought to the previous verse. Taken together, they read –
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”
Paul noted the multiplication of the seed in order to “increase the fruits of your righteousness.” This meant that what they earned would be sufficient to be spread out to others in the doing of good deeds.… Read the rest