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.


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