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The Book of: 2 Corinthians

This second epistle to the Corinthians is addressed more to the ministers of the church than to the general congregation. Make particular note of the use of the word Lord. If you've been to the little door labeled the lordship of Jesus Christ you'll understand that the use of this word in most contexts in this book, is to exclude all other authorities.

This first chapter starts with Paul's greeting and moves on to his own troubles that are current in his life. We don't know exactly what this event was. He was known to be ill, and we also know he had the experience of being nearly stoned to death.

(chpt:  1 Vs: 001)  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 002)  Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 003)  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 004)  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 005)  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 006)  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 007)  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 008)  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 009)  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 

Verse 10, he is speaking of his trust in God and God's protection. He uses past, present, and future tense of the word deliver to indicate God's consistent watch care over us.

(chpt:  1 Vs: 010)  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 

Verse 11 he also thanks the individuals who had been praying for him at Corinth. He goes on from here apologizing for and explaining his delay in visiting them.

(chpt:  1 Vs: 011)  Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 012)  For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 013)  For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 014)  As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 015)  And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 016)  And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 017)  When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 018)  But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 019)  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 020)  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 021)  Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 022)  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 023)  Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 024)  Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. 

The early part of this chapter continues with Paul's explanations concerning his delay.

(chpt:  2 Vs: 001)  But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 002)  For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 003)  And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 004)  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. 

Verses 5 through 11 seem to refer to the individual in first Corinthians who had committed a grievous sin. Paul had instructed that they have nothing to do with him, (they were to excommunicate him). It appears that they had done so in obedience to Paul's instructions, and that the man had repented of his sins. Paul now instructs them to accept the man back in fellowship and to forgive him. This seems to be a characteristic that is not too common in the church today. We are too quick to judge and condemn, and not to recognize true repentance.

(chpt:  2 Vs: 005)  But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 006)  Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 007)  So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 008)  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 009)  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 010)  To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 011)  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 012)  Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 013)  I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 014)  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 015)  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 016)  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 

(chpt:  2 Vs: 017)  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 

Paul opens this chapter by saying, in effect, "you know me, and my position as an apostle, and know that I don't have to give you a letter of recommendation."

(chpt:  3 Vs: 001)  Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 

(chpt:  3 Vs: 002)  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 

(chpt:  3 Vs: 003)  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 

(chpt:  3 Vs: 004)  And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 

(chpt:  3 Vs: 005)  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 

Verse 6. We have a lesson in this verse that is one of the keys to understanding the difference between the Old Testament and the New. The Old Testament gave the perception that the Jew had to observe the letter of the law. We are taught plainly in the New Testament that it is the spirit of the law that we must observe. This makes a world of difference. It does not truly lower the standards that God expects from us.

(chpt:  3 Vs: 006)  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 

Beginning with verse 7, Paul continues with the statement but the law written on stones and given to Israel by Moses was a law that brought death. Then he continues with the fact that observing the spirit of the law brings glory.

(chpt:  3 Vs: 007)  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 

(chpt:  3 Vs: 008)  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 

(chpt:  3 Vs: 009)  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 


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