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From God's Faithfulness to ours another look at 2 Corinthians 1:17-24

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The logic of Paul's argument is that he is reliable because God himself is reliable. 'He is not guilty of vacillating-of faithlessness, because he shares in the faithfulness of God himself; and he shares in that faithfulness by his incorporation into Christ, who is the embodiment of God's faithfulness'. Paul's argument begins with an appeal to the faithfulness of God. Christ himself is clearly reliable, for he is the Son of God, and so shares God's faithfulness. The proclamation and acceptance of the Gospel are the 'Amen' to what God has done, in Christ, and redound to God's glory. Paul's conviction that his whole life is lived 'in Christ', and that his mission is part of God's purpose for the spread of the Gospel, dominates the early chapters of 2 Corinthians. Christian faith is the response to God's faithfulness, but it is also a sharing in Christ's faithfulness.

Keywords: 2 Corinthians; God's faithfulness; Paul

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