The life of Jesus (2 Cor. 4:11)

“While we live,

We are always

Being given up to death

For Jesus’ sake,

So that the life of Jesus

May be made visible

In our mortal flesh.”

ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα διὰ Ἰησοῦν, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν.

Paul said that while we live (ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες), we are always being given up or handed over (παραδιδόμεθα) to death (εἰς θάνατον) for Jesus’ sake (διὰ Ἰησοῦν), so that the life (ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ) of Jesus (τοῦ Ἰησοῦ) may be made visible (φανερωθῇ) in our mortal flesh or body (ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν).  Paul knew that his mortal life was destined for death, but he endured this life for the sake of Jesus.  Thus, the life of Jesus might be manifest or made visible in his mortal fleshy body.  Paul continued to emphasize this theme of death and life, when speaking about Jesus and himself.  Do you understand the relationship between life and death?

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