Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blessing From Triune God

2 Corinthians 13:1-14 NIV

Final Warnings

1This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”a 2I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, 3since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4For to be sure, He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s Power. Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s Power we will live with Him in our dealing with you.

5Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 6And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

Final Greetings

11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

12Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

14 May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

The apostle again says that this is the third time he has purposed to come and see them; and threatens that he will, by the power of Christ, punish every incorrigible sinner, 2 Corinthians 13:1-4. Exhorts them to examine themselves, whether they are in the faith, 2 Corinthians 13:52 Corinthians 13:6. Prays that they may do no evil, 2 Corinthians 13:7. And shows how ardently he wished their complete restoration to unity and purity, 2 Corinthians 13:82 Corinthians 13:9. Tells them for what reason he writes to them, 2 Corinthians 13:10. Bids them farewell, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Gives them some directions, and concludes with his apostolic benediction in the Name of the Triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 2 Corinthians 13:12-14.

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