Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In CHRIST, GOD'S Promises Are Always "YES, And We Say "AMEN"

2 Corinthians 1:1-24 NIV

1Paul, an apostle of CHRIST JESUS by The Will of GOD, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of GOD in Corinth, together with all HIS holy people throughout Achaia:

2 Grace and peace to you from GOD our FATHER and 


Praise to The GOD of All Comfort

3 Praise Be to The GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST

The FATHER of compassion and The GOD of all comfort, 

4WHO Comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can 

comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we 

ourselves receive from GOD. 

5For just as we share abundantly in The Sufferings of CHRIST, so also our comfort abounds through CHRIST. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,a about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on GOD, Who Raises the dead. 10HE Has Delivered us from such a deadly peril, and HE Will Deliver us again. On HIM we have set our hope that HE Will Continue To Deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers.

Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul’s Change of Plans

12Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrityb and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on GOD’S Grace. 13For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the Day of The LORD JESUS.

15Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?

18But as surely as GOD Is Faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19For The SON of GOD, JESUS CHRIST, WHO Was Preached among you by us—by me and Silasc and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in HIM it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many Promises GOD Has Made, They Are “Yes” in CHRIST. And so through HIM the “Amen” is spoken by us to The Glory of GOD. 

21 Now It Is GOD WHO Makes both us and you stand 

firm in CHRIST. HE Anointed us, 

22Set HIS Seal of Ownership On us, and Put HIS SPIRIT 

In our hearts as depositguaranteeing what is to come.

23I call GOD As my Witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.


AUTHOR:  Paul, the apostle, along with Timothy (1:1)

PLACE OF WRITING:  Somewhere in MACEDONIA, while Paul was on his way
to make another visit to Corinth.  This would be during his third 
missionary journey, in a part of which Luke says very little (cf. Acts 20:1-2).

TIME OF WRITING:  Possibly in the fall of 57 A.D., making it but a few
months after writing First Corinthians (likely written in the spring of
57 A.D.).

MESSENGER:  Titus, who was accompanied by two others on his journey

BACKGROUND OF THE EPISTLE:  The church in Corinth began in 52 A.D., 
when Paul visited there on his second missionary journey.  It was then
that he stayed one and a half years, the first time he was allowed to
stay in one place as long as he wished.  A record of this visit and the
establishment of the church is found in Acts 18:1-18.

This second letter of Paul to the Corinthian church was occasioned by
the report brought back by Titus, who informed Paul of their reception 
of the first letter, and how they received the rebuke that letter 
contained (2:12-13; 7:5-9).

PURPOSE OF THE EPISTLE: Titus' report was encouraging, but evidently
it also brought troubling news that some at Corinth were questioning 
Paul's authority as an apostle.  This doubt may have planted by 
"Judaizing teachers" who seemed to follow Paul and attempted to 
undermine his teaching concerning the Law.  

They appear to have questioned his veracity (1:15-17), 

his speaking ability (10:10; 11:6), 

and his unwillingness to accept support from the church at Corinth 
(11:7-9; 12:13).  

There were also some people who had not repented of 
their licentious behavior (12:20-21).  

Paul's primary purpose, then, in
this epistle is:


He hopes that by writing in advance of his visit he can get all of the
necessary rebuke out of the way (1:23-2:3; 13:10).  He also uses the 
opportunity to encourage them to have the collection for the needy 
saints in Jerusalem ready when he comes (9:1-5; cf. 1Corinthians 16:1-2).

This letter is the most biographical and least doctrinal of Paul's
epistles.  It tells us more about Paul as a person and as a minister
than any of the others.  Those who would be ministers of the gospel
would do well to carefully study it (along with Paul's epistles to
Timothy and Titus).

KEY VERSE:  2 Corinthians 7:2

"Open your heart to us.  

We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no 

one, we have defrauded no one."

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