2 Corinthians 3:4
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New International Version
Such confidence we have through Christ before God.

New Living Translation
We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.

English Standard Version
Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.

New American Standard Bible
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

King James Bible
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ.

International Standard Version
Such is the confidence that we have in God through the Messiah.

NET Bible
Now we have such confidence in God through Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But in this way we have trust in The Messiah toward God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Christ gives us confidence about you in God's presence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And such trust we have through the Christ towards God:

King James 2000 Bible
And such trust have we through Christ toward God:

American King James Version
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

American Standard Version
And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And such confidence we have, through Christ, towards God.

Darby Bible Translation
And such confidence have we through the Christ towards God:

English Revised Version
And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:

Webster's Bible Translation
And such trust we have through Christ toward God.

Weymouth New Testament
Such is the confidence which we have through Christ in the presence of God;

World English Bible
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God;

Young's Literal Translation
and such trust we have through the Christ toward God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-11 Even the appearance of self-praise and courting human applause, is painful to the humble and spiritual mind. Nothing is more delightful to faithful ministers, or more to their praise, than the success of their ministry, as shown in the spirits and lives of those among whom they labour. The law of Christ was written in their hearts, and the love of Christ shed abroad there. Nor was it written in tables of stone, as the law of God given to Moses, but on the fleshy (not fleshly, as fleshliness denotes sensuality) tables of the heart, Eze 36:26. Their hearts were humbled and softened to receive this impression, by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. He ascribes all the glory to God. And remember, as our whole dependence is upon the Lord, so the whole glory belongs to him alone. The letter killeth: the letter of the law is the ministration of death; and if we rest only in the letter of the gospel, we shall not be the better for so doing: but the Holy Spirit gives life spiritual, and life eternal. The Old Testament dispensation was the ministration of death, but the New Testament of life. The law made known sin, and the wrath and curse of God; it showed us a God above us, and a God against us; but the gospel makes known grace, and Emmanuel, God with us. Therein the righteousness of God by faith is revealed; and this shows us that the just shall live by his faith; this makes known the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ, for obtaining the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The gospel so much exceeds the law in glory, that it eclipses the glory of the legal dispensation. But even the New Testament will be a killing letter, if shown as a mere system or form, and without dependence on God the Holy Spirit, to give it a quickening power.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Such trust. The confidence, namely, that we need no other recommendation to or from you. Through Christ. Who alone can inspire such confidence in myself and my mission (1 Corinthians 15:10). To God-ward; i.e. in relation to God; towards whom the whole Being of Christ is directed (John 1:1), and therefore all the work of his servants (Romans 5:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And such trust have we,.... This refers to what he had said in the latter end of the foregoing chapter, and the beginning of this; as that they made manifest the savoury knowledge of God and Christ everywhere, and were the sweet savour of Christ to many souls; were sufficient in some measure, through the grace of Christ, to preach the Gospel sincerely and faithfully, and were attended with success, had many seals of their ministry, and particularly the Corinthians were so many living epistles of commendations of the power and efficacy of their ministry; such confidence and firm persuasion of the truth of grace on your souls, and of our being the happy instruments of it, we have

through Christ, the grace of Christ,

to God-ward: who is the object of our confidence and hope, and the ground thereof.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. And—Greek, "But." "Such confidence, however (namely, of our 'sufficiency,' 2Co 3:5, 6; 2Co 2:16—to which he reverts after the parenthesis—as ministers of the New Testament, 'not hinting,' 2Co 4:1), we have through Christ (not through ourselves, compare 2Co 3:18) toward God" (that is, in our relation to God and His work, the ministry committed by Him to us, for which we must render an account to Him). Confidence toward God is solid and real, as looking to Him for the strength needed now, and also for the reward of grace to be given hereafter. Compare Ac 24:15, "hope toward God." Human confidence is unreal in that it looks to man for its help and its reward.

2 Corinthians 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ministers of a New Covenant
3being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,…
Cross References
Ephesians 3:12
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
Treasury of Scripture

And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

such.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, …

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

God-ward.

Exodus 18:19 Listen now to my voice, I will give you counsel, and God shall be …

1 Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia …

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