“This baptism … as appointed for all nations bestowed the remission of sins. A refusal of baptism would be a repudiation of Christ and of all the gifts contained in His name. Baptism is pure gospel that conveys grace and salvation from God through Christ. It dare not be changed into a legal requirement. This preposition (eis) connects remission so closely with baptism that nobody has yet been able to separate the two.” —Lenski (Lutheran), h/t Jan Towell
“Patient endurance during times of trial is not simply a means of achieving divine favor; it has become the very definition of how a Christian relates to God.” —T.B. Williams, Biblica
“How does one explain God’s grace? ‘Grace’ means both ‘undeserved favor’ and ‘divine enablement.’ A good synonym is God’s ‘help.'” —T.L. Constable
God’s grace is not a license to get, but in 2 Corinthians becomes a means of generosity. Grace means giving, both by God and by God’s people.