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Paul Disowns Self-interest

Paul Disowns Self-interest

Excerpt
Whatever the background to this difficult verse, its general import seems clear. Paul disowns self-interest as a motive for any of his action; whether his actions be judged irrational or rational, all is for God’s glory and the benefit of others (Cor. 10:312 Cor. 4:515). Of this, the Corinthians can be justly proud (v. 12). This interpretation accords well with his following appeal (v. 14) to Christ as “the man for others” and his definition of the purpose of Christ’s death (v. 15) — that believers should lead a life that is not centered on self but on Christ. More
Harris, Murray J. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI; Milton Keynes, UK: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.; Paternoster Press, 2005. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentary.
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