New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:2 For he saith. Cited from Isaiah 49:8. This application stresses the urgency of accepting God’s grace and salvation in Christ (II Corinthians 5:20-21) without delay. Note also Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13,14.
6:4 all things. The “all things” which Paul enumerates in these verses as characteristic of true ministers (that is, “servants”) of Christ comprise a remarkable complex of three nine-fold descriptors. First (II Corinthians 6:4-5) are listed nine “negative” experiences which the servant must be willing to endure graciously. Then there are nine “positive” attributes which he should exhibit (II Corinthians 6:6-7). Finally, there are nine paradoxes that characterize such a minister (II Corinthians 6:8-10), displaying simultaneously the joys of life in Christ and the exigencies of living in the world as His servant.
6:8 honor and dishonor. Compare this list in II Corinthians 6:8-10 to that in II Corinthians 4:8-10.