Abundant Grace

2Corinthians 4:11-15 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death works in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 

‘Mortal flesh’ [Greek: thnetos] mortal, human (4:11; 5:4; 1Cor. 15:53-54; Rom. 6:12; 8:11).

‘Death work in us, but life in you’ – we live a dying life that you might live. Our readiness to die for Christ makes you want to live for Him.

‘I believed, and therefore have I spoken’ – quoted from Psalm 116:10 where David made this statement in his sufferings that was great, but he was delivered by God (Ps. 116:1-8).

‘Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.’ This is the 3rd New Testament prophecy in 2 Corinthians. This happens at the rapture also called the first resurrection (1Cor. 15; 1Thess. 4:13-18).

‘For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.’ All our sufferings we count as nothing if we [Paul and the other apostles] can win you and others to Christ, see the abounding grace save many souls and cause them to give more praise to the glory of God. ‘Abundant grace’ Four secrets of continued grace: Live and walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:516-26; Rom. 8:1-13; Col. 3:5-10). Be patient in hope (Gal. 5:5; Rom. 8:24; Heb. 3:6, 12-14; 6:19). Continue in Christ (Gal. 5:6; John 15:1-8; Col. 2:6-7; Heb. 3:14). Continue in faith (Gal. 5:6; Col. 1:23). This is part of being a true Christian – continued obedience while taking God at His Word in all Scripture; not cherry-picking only on teachings of His greatness, grace and goodness, to justify living in continuous sin – faith without works [obedience] are dead (Jas. 1:23, 25; Rom. 2:13). Man is commanded to do one thing; then God will do two things (Ps. 55:22; 1Pet. 5:7-8). All promises are conditional. Christians tend to emphasize the promises and ignore their conditions. Then they murmur and complain when the promises aren’t fulfilled. There is more to Christianity than its benefits.

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