2 Corinthians 4:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 4:10, NIV: We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:10, ESV: always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

2 Corinthians 4:10, KJV: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:10, NASB: always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:10, NLT: Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

2 Corinthians 4:10, CSB: We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our body.

What does 2 Corinthians 4:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Scripture explains clearly that those who carry the gospel are just fragile vessels that contain a powerful truth. As in Paul's case, it is God's power, not their own, that keeps them going in the mission to take the gospel to the world.

They have been afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down, but they have never been crushed, in total despair, abandoned, or destroyed. They continue to carry the gospel to all who will hear. God allowed their physical bodies to continue to reflect the death of Jesus in His physical, earthly body that was crushed to pay for the sin of humanity. However, the bodies of Paul and his co-workers had been spared from being crushed (2 Corinthians 4:8) to show the life and power of Jesus in them, as well.

Paul's main point is that he and his friends did not proclaim themselves or carry the message in their own power. They proclaimed Christ in their weakness and suffering to show His power in and through them.