Grace

The grace of faith is an effectual remedy against fainting in times of trouble. Since our afflictions are overruled for the good of others, and the glory of God. Also, their sufferings were for the advantage of the church, and to God’s glory.  The hope of this resurrection will encourage in a suffering day, and set us above the fear of death.

2 Corinthians 4:15-16 

“ 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

Grace abounding, or overflowing. The mercy of God is manifested. It is implied here, that grace would abound by means of these labors and self-denials of the apostles.

In Life Experiences

Our outward circumstances of life are very mean and despicable; we are oftentimes in a very distressed condition through hunger, thirst, nakedness, and want of the common necessaries of life.

The sentiment of the passage is, that it would be for the glory of God that as many as possible should be brought to give praise and thanksgivings to him. However the internal hidden man of the heart, the new man is in a prosperous condition; Furthermore our souls are in good health.

Furthermore we are growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. Also the incarnation, obedience, death and resurrection of Christ, are all for the sake of God’s elect and so the ministry of his apostles and servants, their gifts, graces, comforts, and experiences. Faith enables to make this right judgment of things. Therefore let us cease to seek for worldly advantages.

St. Paul has already implied that his life is not his own and St. Paul adduces his own experience.

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