Quotes of Author: Paul-barnett
Paul’s experience of suffering and comfort in the course of his ministry is replicated in every generation in the lives of godly missionaries and pastors in their interrelationships with their congregations. While both minister and people suffer as they bear witness to Christ in an alien culture, there remains a distinctive role and therefore a distinctive suffering to the Christian leader. As the comfort of God is experienced in the life of the leader, so it will be passed on through ministry to the people [see 2 Cor 1:3-7].
Reference: 2 Corinthians, Eerdmans, www.eerdmans.com, 1977, p. 80.