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Seeing the Invisible (4:18) 4:17-18 "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while WE LOOK NOT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN, BUT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN; FOR THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL, BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARE N… Read More

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Far Beyond All Comparison (4:17) 4:17 "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison." God is a just God. When He renders judgment, the punishment always fits the crime. But here the reward to be received is said to far outweigh the trial … Read More

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Affliction Produces Glory (4:17) 4:17 "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison." It’s completely contrary to instinct, but it is the clear teaching of Scripture: Affliction produces glory. Paul does not mean, of course, that a… Read More

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Light, Momentary Affliction? (4:17) 4:17 "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison." This is one of the most ironic statements you’ll ever hear: Paul calls his troubles "momentary, light affliction." What’s so astonishing … Read More

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An Inner Man Daily Renewed (4:16) 4:16 "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet OUR INNER MAN IS BEING RENEWED DAY BY DAY." Our inner man is being renewed day by day. What a blessed truth! We were dead in our trespasses and sins, by nature children of wrath. But G… Read More

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A Decaying Outer Man (4:16) 4:16 "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though OUR OUTER MAN IS DECAYING, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." We don’t want to hear it. Our whole society is in rebellion against it. But no matter how much we resist it, it is true: Our outer man is de… Read More

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Not Losing Heart (4:16) 4:16 "THEREFORE WE DO NOT LOSE HEART, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." In the face of being "afflicted in every way, ...perplexed, ...persecuted, ...struck down ...always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus", an… Read More

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Our Sakes and God’s Glory (4:15) 4:13-15 "But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ’I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us wi… Read More

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When Your Heart Beats for the Glory of God (4:15) 4:13-15 "But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will pr… Read More

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All Things For You (4:15) 4:13-15 "But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ’I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. 15 FO… Read More

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The Great Presentation (4:14) 4:13-14 "But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus AND WILL PRESENT US WITH YOU." … Read More

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Knowledge that Emboldens (4:14) 4:13-14 "But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ’I believed, therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 KNOWING THAT HE WHO RAISED THE LORD JESUS WILL RAISE US ALSO WITH JESUS AND WILL PRESENT US WITH YOU.… Read More

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We Believe, Therefore We Speak (4:13) 4:8-13 "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in o… Read More

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Dying So Others Might Live (4:12) 4:8-12 "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our b… Read More

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Death Brings Life, Every Day (4:11) 4:8-11 "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our… Read More

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A Matter of Life and Death (4:10) 4:8-11 "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 ALWAYS CARRYING ABOUT IN THE BODY THE DYING OF JESUS, SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR B… Read More

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Persecuted But Not Forsaken (4:9) 4:7-10 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN; struck down, … Read More

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Christian Confusion (4:8) 4:7-10 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT DESPAIRING; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not … Read More

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Bullied But Buoyed (4:8-9) 4:7-10 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 WE ARE AFFLICTED IN EVERY WAY, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT DESPAIRING; 9 PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT… Read More

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Treasure in a Clay Pot (4:7) 4:7"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves." This treasure (the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ) is contained in vessels of clay (our frail human… Read More

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The Life-Giving Power of Death (4:7-12) 4:7-12 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck … Read More

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Qualifications for Ministry (4:1-6) 4:1-6 "Therefore , since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves… Read More

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The Face and the Spirit (4:6) 4:3-6 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we… Read More

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Irresistible Grace (4:6) 4:3-6 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do n… Read More

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Your Slave for the Sake of Jesus (4:5) 4:3-5 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.… Read More

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Who Do We Preach? (4:5) 4:3-5 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 FOR WE DO NO… Read More

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Verse By Verse Devotional On 2 Corinthians #91

January 18, 2017 | by: Jack Lash | 0 comments

Christ, The Image of God (4:4) 4:3-5 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of CHRIST, WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD. 5 For w… Read More

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The Light of the Gospel of the Glory of God in the Face of Christ (4:4,6)   4:3-6 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL OF … Read More

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The Cruel Blinder (4:4) 4:3-5 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HAS BLINDED THE MINDS OF THE UNBELIEVING SO THAT THEY MIGHT NOT SEE THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do no… Read More

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Blind to the Gospel (4:3) 4:3-5 "AND EVEN IF OUR GOSPEL IS VEILED, IT IS VEILED TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do … Read More

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The Genuine Article (4:2) 4:1-2 "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY M… Read More

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Manifesting the Truth (4:2) 4:1-2 "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, BUT BY THE MANIFESTATION OF TRUTH commending ourselves to every… Read More

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Adulterating the Word of God (4:2) 4:1-2 "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness OR ADULTERATING THE WORD OF GOD, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves t… Read More

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Renouncing Craftiness and Shameful Things (4:2) 4:1-2 "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, BUT WE HAVE RENOUNCED THE THINGS HIDDEN BECAUSE OF SHAME, NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commendin… Read More

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The Unfading Minister (4:1) 4:1 "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart." In chapter three (esp. 6-11) Paul was contrasting "the ministry of death/condemnation" (the old covenant) with " the ministry of the Spirit/righteousness" (the new covenant). One o… Read More

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From Glory to Glory (3:18) 3:12-18 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this ve… Read More

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Being Transformed into the Image of Christ (3:18) 3:12-18 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hard… Read More

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Sweet Liberty! (3:17) 3:12-18 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very da… Read More

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The Lord and the Spirit (3:17) (Note: From now on the context of the verse will be included and the verse itself will be capitalized.) 3:12-18 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel… Read More

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Removal of the Veil 3:12-18 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day … Read More

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The Veil of Moses 3:12-16 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at… Read More

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The Boldness of Hope 3:12 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech." One of the struggles almost every one of us has is boldness in evangelism. This verse tells us that Christian boldness comes from Christian hope. In the Bible, the concept of hope is somewhat different … Read More

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The History of Paul 3:4-12 "Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the let… Read More

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The Secret of Boldness 3:12 "Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech." What was the secret of Paul’s boldness? Certainly he was one of the boldest witnesses for Christ who ever lived. From the first days of his life in Christ he bore a courageous testimony for his n… Read More

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A Ministry of Righteousness Abounding in Glory 3:7-11 "But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail t… Read More

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Made to Fade 3:7-11 "But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if … Read More

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The Surpassing Glory of the New Covenant 3:7-11 "But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be e… Read More

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The Ministry of Death   3:7-8 "But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more w… Read More

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Servants of a New Covenant 3:6 "...God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant." In verse 3 Paul introduced the subject of the contrast between the new covenant and the old covenant. Now, picking up on that theme, he explains this contrast more fully in verses 6-18. By “new… Read More

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Confidence From God   3:4-6 "Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant."   In 2:16, in speaking of beari… Read More

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Contrasting Tablets 3:3 "...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." Paul here contrasts his letter of commendation (which was actually Christ’s letter) with the letters o… Read More

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You Are Our Letter 3:2-3 "You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being 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." Because the oppone… Read More

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Letters of Commendation 3:1-3 "Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with i… Read More

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Paul Under Attack 3:1 "Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?" Paul had received his calling as an apostle directly from Jesus Christ, and in a very different way than the other apostles. He was vulnerable to the criticism o… Read More

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The Counterfeit and the Real Thing 2:17 "For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God." As one bearing the aroma of Christ, Paul contrasts himself with a group of false teachers he mentions often in this letter. … Read More

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Only Two Groups 2:15b "...those who are being saved and...those who are perishing." Paul makes it clear in this verse that there are only two groups of humanity: "those who are being saved and...those who are perishing." No matter how much we dislike this truth, it is clearly and repeatedly taugh… Read More

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Why the World Says, "You Stink!" 2:15-16 "We are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life." As Paul says in v.14, the aroma of Christ is inherently sweet. However… Read More

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A Fragrance of Christ to God 2:15a "For we are a fragrance of Christ to God." Part of the dynamic of this "sweet aroma" of Christ borne by believers is that it rises up as a pleasant fragrance to God in heaven. Does this mean that God has a sense of smell? We know that God doesn’t have a bo… Read More

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Why the Corinthians Accepted Paul’s Rebuke 2:12-16 "Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who always… Read More

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Smelling Like Jesus   2:14-16  "But thanks be to God, who...manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, t… Read More

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Happy Captives   2:14  "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ."   The Greek word here translated "leads us in triumph" says more than is reflected in the translation. The idea is not of a victorious army being led by its captain after a mighty battle. Ra… Read More

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A Life of Perpetual Triumph   2:14  "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ."   The "but" that begins this verse is in happy contrast to the "no rest" in v.13. While in Troas Paul was worried about the Corinthians, but when he found Titus and heard the re… Read More

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A Peace Not From God   2:12-13  "Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia."   The apostle Paul had no rest for h… Read More

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A Case Study in Apostolic Decision-Making   2:12-13  "Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia."   There are sev… Read More

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Paul’s Burden 2:12-13 "Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia." The little episode Paul describes here is chock-full of gem… Read More

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Ignorant of His Schemes 2:11 "...so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes." Paul is familiar enough with the ways of the devil to know that he would love to catch the Corinthian believers in the pendulum trap (‘if you can’t get them goi… Read More

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Satan’s Schemes 2:11 "...so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes." Paul is anxious that the Corinthians forgive the man who was excommunicated for opposing him, for the man has now repented of his sin. Paul is afraid that a spirit of unforgi… Read More

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The Danger of Unforgiveness 2:10-11 "...if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes." Church discipline is something the church does; it is not something done by an indivi… Read More

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Ready to Forgive 2:10a "But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes." NIV: “I f you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have fo… Read More

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Church Discipline: A Test of Obedience 2:9 "For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things." In 2:3-4 Paul had been explaining why he had written "the severe letter." Now in 2:9 he returns to that subject. Now we see that there was another… Read More

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A Time to Reaffirm Your Love 2:8 "Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him." It may go without saying, but just as there is a time to not forgive, there is also a time to reaffirm your love for someone. Now that this fellow who had opposed Paul had repented it is time for the congregatio… Read More

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A Time to Not Forgive? 2:7 "...on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him." In speaking about the man who has been rightfully "punished" by the Corinthian congregation, Paul says that it is now time to forgive the man since he has been struck with the sorrow of repentance. We can r… Read More

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Who Is the Majority? 2:6 "Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority." Paul speaks here of the church discipline inflicted upon the man in the Corinthian church who had opposed Paul. He says this punishment "was inflicted by the majority." What does he mean? … Read More

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The Time to Stop Punishment 2:6-7a "Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him..." Paul’s visit to Corinth was marred by a grievous confrontation with a man in the church who opposed him.… Read More

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The Church’s Punishment 2:6 "Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority." What was the punishment that had been imposed upon this man? Paul says nothing about it here. But he has not left us in the dark. All through his epistles he talks about the punish… Read More

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Punishment in the Church of Grace? 2:6 "Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority." Paul now refers to this man alluded to in verse 5, the man who had caused a problem during Paul’s visit by opposing the apostle in some way. In his "severe letter," it s… Read More

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Strike the Shepherd and You Wound the Sheep 2:5 "But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—in order not to say too much—to all of you." Paul here begins to reveal the trouble in the Corinthian church that had brought on all this in the first place… Read More

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Chastising Out of Love 2:3 "For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you." Here again Paul breaks human expectations. He wrote a sharp and severe letter to t… Read More

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The Agonizing Rebuker 2:4 "For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you." Paul is describing the anguish of soul he experienced while writing the "severe let… Read More

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Apostolic Emotionalism? 2:4 "For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you." Paul describes here how he intensely agonized over “the severe letter&rdquo… Read More

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Expressing Confidence in Others 2:3 "This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all." The apostle here continues his thought from verses 1-2, explaining w… Read More

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Paul’s Gladness 2:1-2 "But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again. For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful?" The NASB here is somewhat misleading when it translates Paul as saying: "for my own sake." The NIV… Read More

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Workers for Your Joy 1:24 "Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm." Paul wants to make it very clear. He is not interested in forced conformity. "We are not trying to lord it over you, we are trying to help you, to encour… Read More

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Avoiding Authoritarianism 1:24 "Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm." After his mere mention of a further confrontation in v.23, Paul wants to avoid giving the impression that he is interested in using any high-handed … Read More

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A Time to Not Confront 1:23 "But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth." Some in Corinth have criticized Paul for saying he was going to visit them (see 1Cor.16:5) and then not following through on his word. Paul has already claimed innocence (2Cor.1:1… Read More

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The Spirit as a Pledge 1:21-22 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge." Today we focus on the most wonderful thing of all about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer: His role as … Read More

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Sealed by God 1:21-22 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge." Paul refers to this anointing here as a seal and a pledge. Let us now consider what it means that God has sealed us by His Holy Spirit. … Read More

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Christed With the Spirit 1:21-22 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge." You didn’t know the word ’Christ’ was a verb? In English usage it’s not, but in the original Greek it… Read More

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Together For the King 1:21 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God." When God establishes people in Christ, He does not establish them alone. He establishes them with others. He "establishes us with you in Christ." No believer is an island. We are in this together. On… Read More

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Salvation Is of God 1:21 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God." The One who establishes us in Christ and anoints us with His Spirit is God. He is the One who works salvation in our hearts. The Scriptures are absolutely clear about this. Paul said in his first letter… Read More

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Our Amen 1:20 "For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us." The key to life is an amen. This amen is a life and death issue. This amen gets you to heaven; a failure to amen leads to the pit of hell. Amen is a … Read More

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Being a Man of Your Word 1:17-19 "Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of… Read More

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Changing Plans 1:15-17 "In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing; that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Judea. Therefore, I was not vacillating when I inten… Read More

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Every Encounter a Blessing 1:15-16 "In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing; that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Judea." Paul begins to defend his chang… Read More

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Reason for Boasting 1:14b "...that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus." Again it is not easy to figure out exactly what Paul is referring to here. It is clear from his letters that the Corinthians were Paul’s boast both at that present time and … Read More

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The Sinful Student 1:13-14a "For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end; for we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand." The first thing to do here is figure out what Paul is saying. The NASB translation doe… Read More

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Godly Self-Defense 1:12 "For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you." Our proud hearts are prone to defend ourselves when… Read More

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Thirteen Chapters of Relational Theology 1:12 - 13:10 (obviously too long to quote here) In 2Cor.1:12 Paul begins the body of his epistle. Everything before this is introduction. Here he begins to respond to concerns that have been voiced about him in the Corinthian congregation. He doesn’t … Read More

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The Final Purpose of Prayer 1:11 "...you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many." Get ready to have your view of prayer radically altered. What Paul says here is both startl… Read More

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Helping Through Prayer 1:11 "...you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many." Isn’t it a wonderful privilege God has given us to be able to help His people all over the… Read More

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On What Have We Set Our Hope? 1:10 "[God,] who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope." On what or whom have we set our hope? Paul had firmly set his hope on God. He had given up on all other hopes. In order to come to Christ he had to aba… Read More

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Dying Every Day 1:10 "[God] who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope." You may know that in most Bible translations words that are italicized are words that do not actually exist in the Greek (or Hebrew, as the case may be), but are incl… Read More

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Building Present Faith on Past Faithfulness 1:10 "[God] who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us..." The reason Paul is so confident that God will deliver him in the future is because He has been so faithful t… Read More

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God Who Raises the Dead 1:9 "Indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead." Paul and his companions had just stared death in the face and been delivered. Now, reflecting back on the experience, he says that God did it… Read More

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Excessive Burdens 1:8 "...we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength..." Sometimes God allows our burdens to get piled up so high that it feels like we are going to break under the pressure, it seems like we do not have the strength to hold up under such a heavy load. It may be comforting … Read More

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Apostolic Suicide? 1:8-9 "...we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves..." There are times when life gets so grim that one begins to wonder whether it wouldn’t be easier just to end it all. Ther… Read More

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Communicating Your Burdens 1:8 "For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia..." No one likes a person who is always whining about how hard his life is. A person whose motto is, "Woe is me!" will not have many friends. And yet there is a godly time an… Read More

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Acknowledging the Sufferings of Others 1:6-7 "But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that … Read More

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Acknowledging the Sufferings of Others 1:6-7 "But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that … Read More

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Afflicted and Comforted For You 1:6a "But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort..." Here begins one of the most striking and Christ-like themes of this epistle. Paul recognizes that not only his labors and his tears, but also his … Read More

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Ours in Abundance! 1:5 "For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ." Here is an intensely accurate portrayal of the Christian life: "Just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Chris… Read More

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In ANY Affliction 1:4 "...so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction..." Notice here that receiving God’s comfort in the midst of a given affliction does not equip you to merely provide comfort for others who are experiencing your same affliction. It equips you to pro… Read More

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God’s Purpose for Comfort 1:3-4 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforte… Read More

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Our Comforter 1:3-4a "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction..." God comforts us in our afflictions. He really cares about our pain. He allows it sometimes because He knows it is good for us, but e… Read More

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Addressing God 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort." Because he just experienced an incredibly intense episode of suffering (see 1:8-9), Paul begins his letter by praising God for His mercy and comfort in the face of suffering. … Read More

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Paul’s Greeting 1:2 " Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. " This is Paul’s standard greeting. He uses the identical wording in five other epistles. But there is an interesting story behind it. The traditional greeting in the Greek-speaking world (which… Read More

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Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia." In his second missionary journey the apostle Paul was led by God through a drea… Read More

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