2 Corinthians 4:15

15 For 1it is all for your sake, so that as 2grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, 3to the glory of God.

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2 Corinthians 4:15 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 4:15

For all things are for your sakes;
&c.] This is a very large and comprehensive expression, and reaches to all the things of Christ, as well as of his ministers. The incarnation, obedience, death, and resurrection of Christ, are all for the sake of God's elect; and so the ministry of his apostles and servants, their gifts, graces, comforts, and experiences; and so likewise all their reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions; see ( 2 Corinthians 1:6 ) . These were endured for their sakes, and tended to their establishment in the faith; were for the furtherance of the Gospel, and of the faith and joy of saints; and this gave no small pleasure and relief to them under their sufferings, that they were of such use to others. Moreover, all their deliverances, when in any imminent danger; were for the sake of the churches:

that the abundant grace;
held forth in their ministrations, manifestly to be seen in supporting them under their troubles, and delivering them out of them:

might through the thanksgiving of many;
for such appearances of divine goodness, see ( 2 Corinthians 1:11 )

redound to the glory of God;
which is another thing that yielded them a pleasing satisfaction, in all their distresses for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel.

2 Corinthians 4:15 In-Context

13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak,
14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.
15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

Cross References 3

  • 1. [2 Corinthians 1:6]; See Romans 8:28
  • 2. [2 Corinthians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 9:11, 12]
  • 3. 2 Corinthians 8:19
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