2 Corinthians 4:10

10 1always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, 2so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

2 Corinthians 4:10 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 4:10

Always bearing about in the body
The Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, read, "in our body"; and the Syriac version, in this and the next clause, reads, "in our bodies", and some copies in this read, "bodies"; continually carrying about with us, in these mortal bodies of ours, wherever we go,

the dying of the Lord Jesus;
by which is meant, not the doctrine of the sufferings and death of Christ, and of salvation by a crucified Saviour, which they bore and carried about with them in a ministerial way, wherever they came and preached, but the sufferings they themselves underwent: so called, because of the likeness there is between the sufferings of Christ, and theirs; as he was traduced as a wicked man, a deceiver, and a stirrer up of sedition, so were they; as he was persecuted, so were they; as he was liable to death, and at last was delivered up to it, so were they: and also because of the union and sympathy which were between them; Christ and they were one body and one Spirit; so that what was endured by the members, the head had a fellow feeling of, and sympathy with; and reckoned what was done to them, as done to himself: and besides, the sufferings they underwent, and death they were exposed unto, were for his sake, as it is explained in the next verse:

for we which live;
who are still in the land of the living, though it is almost a miracle we are, considering the circumstances we are in:

are always delivered;
that is, continually exposed

to death for Jesus' sake:
and the end of all these sufferings, which is expressed alike in both verses is,

that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body,
or "mortal flesh"; the meaning of which is, that it might appear that Jesus, though he died, is risen again from the dead, and lives at the Father's right hand, and ever lives to make intercession for us; of which there is a full proof, inasmuch as we are supported by him under all the trials and sufferings we endure for his sake; for because he lives, we live also, amidst so many dangers and deaths, which attend us.

2 Corinthians 4:10 In-Context

8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 4:9; 1 Corinthians 15:31; [2 Corinthians 1:5, 9; Romans 6:5; Romans 8:36]
  • 2. 2 Timothy 2:11; [Romans 5:10; Romans 6:8]
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