The sufferings of Christ (ta paqhmata tou Cristou). Subjective genitive, Christ's own sufferings. Abound unto us (perisseuei ei hma). Overflow unto us so that we suffer like sufferings and become fellow sufferers with Christ ( Ephesians 4:10 ; Romans 8:17 ; Philippians 3:10 ; Colossians 1:24 ). Through Christ (dia tou Cristou). The overflow (perisseuei) of comfort comes also through Christ. Is Paul thinking of how some of the Jewish Christians in Corinth have become reconciled with him through Christ? Partnership with Christ in suffering brings partnership in glory also ( Romans 8:17 ; 1 Peter 4:13 ).