Your divine graces (2 Cor. 9:14)

“They long for you.

They pray for you,

Because of the surpassing grace

Of God

That he has given you.”

καὶ αὐτῶν δεήσει ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν ἐπιποθούντων ὑμᾶς διὰ τὴν ὑπερβάλλουσαν χάριν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐφ’ ὑμῖν.

Paul said that the Jerusalem Jewish Christians long for the Christian Corinthians (ἐπιποθούντων ὑμᾶς).  They pray for them (καὶ αὐτῶν δεήσει ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν) because of the surpassing transcendent grace (διὰ τὴν ὑπερβάλλουσαν χάριν) of God (τοῦ Θεοῦ) that he has given to them (ἐφ’ ὑμῖν).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ὑπερβάλλουσαν, that means to throw over or beyond, to run beyond, surpass, excel, exceed, or transcend.  Paul indicated that the Jerusalem Jewish Christians longed for the Corinthians.  At the same time, they prayed for them because of the transcendent grace that had been bestowed on them.  They were concerned for the Corinthians, yet recognized their unique graced position.  Are you concerned about any other group of Christians?

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