2 Corinthians 4:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 4:15, NIV: All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15, ESV: For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15, KJV: For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15, NASB: For all things are for your sakes, so that grace, having spread to more and more people, will cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15, NLT: All of this is for your benefit. And as God's grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

2 Corinthians 4:15, CSB: Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.

What does 2 Corinthians 4:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth again of one of his primary motivations for continuing to endure so much suffering. He tolerates great hardship in order to shine the light of Christ to more and more people. In short, he does it for their sake and, presumably, for the sake of others like them.

Some in Corinth may have questioned why Paul suffered so much if he was truly an apostle of Jesus and a servant of God. Shouldn't God prevent his trusted servant from experiencing so much pain? Paul's reply has been that God does not spare his servants from suffering, but that God provides for them through their suffering. More, God will raise them from the dead if their suffering should lead to that. Despite what many people think, faithfulness to God does not protect a person from all earthly difficulty.

Now Paul declares that this service to the Corinthians is worth it, in part, because as more people believe in Jesus, more people will receive God's grace. The more people who receive God's grace, the more people who will give thanks to God. More and more glory will be brought to God. Paul is willing to endure anything, enabled by God's power, to achieve this outcome.