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We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

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.

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