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What Impresses You About a Minister? or What Is Your Calling Card, Preacher?

March 16, 2011

For his part, Paul seeks recognition of his ministry as authentically “of Christ” by demonstrating that the “sufferings of Christ” do “flow over” into his life (1:5). The catalogues of privation (4:7-8; 6:3-10; 11:23-21:10), not unconnected from sufferings arising from offering the gospel “free of charge” (11:7-11), indicate that the message of the crucified Messiah – the center of his message (5:14-21) – was incarnated in his life and ministry. It is here, rather than in marks of “superiority” through power, that Paul sought recognition of the legitimacy of his ministry.

Paul Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT), 508 [all references above are taken from within the book of 2 Corinthians].

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