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“‘This treasure’ is the illumining power of the knowledge of Divine glory. The power is limitless, but it is stored in very unlikely receptacles.” (Page 126)
“‘It is impossible in the Pauline Epistles to make a rigid distinction between the Holy Spirit and the Spiritual Christ. Life in Christ and life in the Spirit are the same. It is by partaking of the Holy Spirit that believers grow into Christ. In 1 Cor. 15:45 Paul says that the last Adam, that is Christ, was made a life-giving Spirit. In 2 Cor. 3:17 he says, ‘The Lord is the Spirit.’ Paul sometimes falls into the way of speaking of the Christian community as a manifestation of the Divine Spirit, and sometimes he speaks of the indwelling Christ. In Rom. 8:9, 10 the words ‘Spirit of God,’ ‘Spirit of Christ,’ ‘Spirit’ and ‘Christ’ are all used interchangeably’ (P. Gardner, The Religious Experience of St. Paul, pp. 176 f.).” (Page 103)
“The Apostle is not constructing metaphysical propositions respecting the Divine Nature. He has still in his mind the distinction between ἡ διακονία γράμματος and ἡ διακονία πνεύματος, the former of which is transient and is obscured by ignorance and exclusiveness, while the latter is permanent, informing, and open.” (Page 103)
“All the daily wear and tear of life, with its losses, sicknesses, and sufferings, are as nothing, and the result of the comparison would be much the same if that scale were empty. However great may be our estimate of the θλίψις, it has no weight or solidity against αἰώνιον βάρος δόξης.” (Page 138)
“meant, jealousy in the higher sense, as when we are jealous about our own or another person’s honour” (Page 293)
Alfred Plummer was master of University College, Durham, and formerly a fellow and senior tutor of Trinity College, Oxford. He was one of the original editors of this ICC series, and wrote the volume on Luke, 2 Corinthians, and co-authored a volume on 1 Corinthians. He is also the author of a number of commentaries in the Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges. Plummer also a contributed to the The Expositor’s Bible commentary set.