The Second Epistle of the apostle Paul
The second epistle of the apostle Paul to the Corinthian saints was probably written from Phillipi after the uproar in Ephesus under leading of Demetrius. This second Epistle to the Corinthian saints from Paul was written during the darkest period of his ministry for the Lord. Just before this Paul was three years in Ephesus. The proclaiming of the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 became very fruitful. In verse 20 of Acts 19 we read: So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed". Than after that the uprising which was led by Demetrius the silversmith came because he and more persons were silversmiths and manufacturers of shrines for the pagan goddess Diana. It became very dangerous this uproar and you can read for yourselves Acts 19 where this is written. After the uproar was ceased. Paul called unto him the disciples and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia. And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece Acts 20:1-2. So Paul was in Macedonia and he says there in II Corinthians 2:12-13 the following words: "Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's Gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 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" The apostle Paul needed Titus because Titus was the man for the Corinthian saints to lead them under the circumstances they lived under. In II Corinthians 7: 13-15: Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted anything to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him" At least we read in Acts 20 verse 3 that the apostle Paul was 3 months in Greece and before that probably a longer time in Macedonia. Paul wrote this second letter to them from Philippi! The apostle Paul writes in II Corinthians 7 verse 5 the following words: "For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears" Than later in this chapter in verse 6 we see: Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus. So the good news was that Titus had arrived who was a great help for the apostle Paul. In II Corinthians 8 verse 5 and 6 we read about the saints in Macedonia: "And this they did not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Insomuch taht we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same Grace also" The apostle Paul was so glad about the good news that Titus was back with him and also that he heard from Titus the good news about the Corinthian saints. After this the apostle went to Greece and he stayed there 3 months. In that period the Jews laid wait for him. So he was changed his plan to sail to Syria and returned to Macedonia.
This second epistle of the apostle Paul layout is
1 Paul's account of his ministry Chapter 1 till chapter 6
2 Paul's appeal to his converts Chapter 6 till chapter 10
3 Paul's answer to his critics Chapter 10 till the end of chapter 13.
The Key verse of second Corinthians is that Christ is our comfort amid trial II Corinthians 1 verse 3.
II Corinthians Chapter I
Chapter 1 verse 1
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
Verse 1: You see here again my dear brothers and sisters the apostle Paul who wrote these above words! He was the apostle of Jesus Christ, not called by men, neither by men but through Jesus Christ from heaven to proclaim or testify the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24: "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God" In I Timothy chapter 1 verse 12 we see: "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful , putting me into the ministry" God had given the apostle Paul this position. He saved him on the road nearby Damascus by faith alone, by Grace alone and in Christ alone!!! And so we are also saved in Christ Jesus my dear brothers and sisters! The will of God was to have a new apostle with a unique Gospel or Good News to proclaim namely the Gospel of the Grace of God! And Timothy our brother! Where can we find about Timothy? We read again about Timothy in Acts 20 vese 4: There accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea, and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus, and of Asia Tychicus and Trophimus" You see Timothy is mentioned here in this verse! The apostle Paul mentioned here Timothy because Timothy was the co author of this epistle and the Corinthian saints knew Timothy so well and respected him. To the church of God, a part of the Body of Christ which is at Corinth. Not only the saints at Corinth Paul wrote this epistle because we read here: with all the saints which are in all Achaia, the whole part where Corinth was and also Sparta!
II Corinthians 1: 2
Grace be to you and peace from God our Father,
and from the Lord Jesus Christ
Verse 2 Grace be to you and peace! According Psalm 2 verses 4 and 5 we read: "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure" we understand that judgment and war were to be and they will be visit upon man for his rebellion against God and his rejection of Christ in the future my dear brothers and sisters. In Revelation 19 verse 11 we read: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war" Brothers and sisters: this will happen in the Great Tribulation! In the future God will judge and make war with this unbelieving world! For us and we thank God is no judgment because God sees us in Christ righteous and just before Him because we have trusted Him as personal Savior in Christ! In Romans 3: 21-24 we read: But now the righteousness of God without the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" For us because we are justified and righteous in God there is no judgment. We will not go into the Great Tribulation because in I Thessalonians 1 verse 10 we read the following words of God: "And to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come" For us there is Grace and peace from God and from the Lord Jesus Christ my dear brothers and sisters! What a glory for us. So this means that we can rest everyday in His Grace and peace. Praise God our Father for this! Thats why we have peace with God! Romans 5 verse 1 tells us: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" As long as we live under this Dispensation of Grace Ephesians 3:1-3 this will nog change my dear brothers and sisters! What kind of effect this facts have on us today? The answer is that we can rest in in the finished Work of Christ everyday and that we can rejoice in our Lord! Philippians 4 verse 4: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say Rejoice!
II Corinthians 1 verse 3
Blessed be God , even the Father or our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the
God of all comfort
Verse 3 What a beautiful verse this is my dear brothers and sisters! Blessed be God. This is God and Father! In Ephesians 1 verse 3 we read the same words in the first part of this verse: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" God is blessed! What this expresses is that the heart of the apostle Paul was overflowing with gratitude and joy. And we have to follow the apostle Paul in this my dear brothers and sisters because God's will is that we like the apostle Paul be grateful and happy! In this world we don't see joy of hearts overflowing with gratitude to God because the world is at enmity with God. What we see is sadness, badness, frightening. Some people play the comedian to make people laugh or provide games to divert attention away from themselves. But this is not the joy a grateful believer like we in Christ know. So the unbelievers around us have to see this joy and if they don't see this joy in us where will they see it? So God is our Father and the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. In Ephesians 2:18 we read: For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father" . Through our Lord Jesus Christ the way is open to God the Father because Christ through the cross on Calvary made the way open to the Father which was closed in time past before this Dispensation of Grace. Mercy: what does this word mean? It means have compassion on. Compassion alludes to kindness and sympathy, but there is something deeper, something even more profoundly powerful, in its meaning. This is how God is: He is merciful to us! Not only to us but to everyone in this world. God of all comfort. Well what does this mean? God of consolation, exhortation or cheer. He, God consoles us in His Son Jesus Christ, in the finished work on Calvary and that Christ is alive and sit on the right Hand of God and that He prays for us and makes intercession and pleads for us, His fullgrown sons and daughters!
II Corinthians 1 verse 4
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
Verse 4: What a beautiful verse this is my dear brothers and sisters. God Who comforts and He comforteth the apostle and his co workers in all the tribulation they had and He does nowadays the same my brothers and sisters! He encouraged the apostle Paul and all who were with him because they suffered a lot for God. The apostle Paul and them who were with him Timothy and Titus and Luke and others were able to comfort brothers and sisters who were in any trouble because they knew what was tribulation and troubles. They suffered a lot not only spiritual, also physically! Here in the Netherlands we suffer as brothers and sisters too but not physically, only spiritual. The apostle Paul and them that were with them suffered because of Gods Word of Grace and the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing! Read: Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26! God comforted Paul and his co workers and gave them rest in the finished Work of the cross and so are we also comforted of God every day my dear brothers and sisters. We too have troubles if we stand for the Gospel of the Grace of God and despite everything God comforts us my brothers and sisters! He comforts us with His Word of Grace which is able to build us up Acts 2:32.
II Corinthians 1 verse 5
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation
also aboundeth by Christ
Verse 5: The apostle had much to suffer for Christ. The apostle Paul in his epistle to the Philippians he wrote the following words: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake" Philippians 1:29. The apostle Paul says that to suffer is part of the belief we have in Christ. Also for us brothers and sisters if we stand for the Gospel of the Grace of God we have to suffer for Christ. You are often alone in a world that doesn't understand you as believer in Christ and keep distance from you. The world hate us because we represent Christ. Not only the world, also the world of believers known as the Christian world will very often not agree with what you believe namely the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and the rightly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15, Romans 16:25-26. In the life of Paul the apostle, this was good to see the sufferings which he suffered for Christ. This was abound in him and his co workers like Timothy, Titus and persons like Aquila and Priscilla. But also the consolation which means: the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment. Who comforted Paul and his co workers after so much sufferings? The answer is Christ and God in Christ comforted Paul and his co workers plentiful! It works the same today my dear brothers and sisters! Maybe we don't notice it, God works in our lives like this. He still comforts us in Christ because we suffer too, maybe not physically but spiritual and He helps and comforts us through His Word because we read in Hebrews 4:12: For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" This is the Word of God and specific the Word of His Grace which is able to build us up. Let us read again Acts 20:32: "And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" So brothers and sisters: Let us rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice despite the sufferings we have for Christ because our eternal hope is in Him Read Philippians 3:20-21.
II Corinthians 1 verse 6
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
Verse 6: Whether we be afflicted. What does this mean? The apostle Paul and his co workers were affected by problems from outside. There was a lot of opposition because of which the apostle Paul proclaimed and we read in verse 8 about this: "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 taht we despaired even of life" We see what a intense trouble and affliction the apostle Paul endured in Asia and specific Ephesus because of the uproar there under leading van Demetrius the silversmith in the case of his statues made for Diana or Artemis the goddess of Ephesus. He, the apostle Paul suffered a lot for our Lord Jesus Christ and for the Gospel of the Grace of God and his co workers too! He says here that they, he and his co workers had a lot of afflictions and it was for their consolation and salvation. It they, the Corinthian believers had afflictions they could know that Paul and his co workers had the same so that give them consolation and courage to continue in the faith of Christ. Salvation here is to save them from wrong or false doctrines. The salvation the apostle here is speaking is not salvation from sin but from the situation they were in at Corinth. They were already God's called-out people verse 1. The apostle with his co workers had a lot of sufferings and on the other hand after that they were also comforted by the coming of Titus for example. This they had also to know that whether the apostle Paul and others endured sufferings and were comforted they, the Corinthian saints could also be encouraged when they endured sufferings. For us my dear brothers and sisters God's Word of Grace and also other brothers and sisters can comfort us with their part in the Body of Christ. And if we suffer and are in trouble we can rest in the finished Work of Christ, what He did for us and what we are in Him. Think about this my brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 1:7
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers
of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
Verse 7: What words of encouragement my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ! The apostle is sure about the Corinthian believers. He says our hope of you is stedfast! What does that mean? His hope in them, was stable because of the knowing that as they were partakers of the sufferings which the apostle Paul suffered with his co workers (believers) than they also should be partakers of the consolation. We too suffer for Christ my dear brothers and sisters! God comforts us with His Word of Grace. Acts 20:32: And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" God's Word of Grace strengthen us my dear brothers and sisters and God comfort us through His Word of Grace that is to be found in the Epistles of the apostle Paul! This is your daily spiritual food!
II Corinthians 1:8
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
Verse 8: The apostle Paul would that the brothers and sisters at Corinth know which the trouble which come over him and his co workers. In Asia and special in Ephesus the apostle Paul was really in trouble. He says we were pressed out of measure, above strength. It was really fiercely. He and his co workers were in the uproar what arose in Ephesus not sure of their lives. It was out of measure and above strength. It was like a hurricane there what happened and so strong that they were even not sure of their lives. In Acts 19 verse 29 until 32 we read: "And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre" The people there stopped the apostle Paul to enter the theatre because it was very dangerous which such a uproar with furious crowd of people. They would have murdered Paul if he would enter this theatre of Ephesus. So this was something my dear brothers and sisters. Here in Netherlands you have a lot of freedom. We can read the Bible and we can tell others of Gods Word and specially the Word of His Grace without persecution which the apostle Paul and his companions endured. There is also resistance from people but this expresses itself more that people doesn't want to listen to the Word of His
Grace Acts 20:32. Our lives are not in danger in this country but there are nowadays countries in this world where your life is also in danger when you are a believer in Christ. Let us pray for all the brothers and sisters who are now at this moment are in trouble and have to endure persecutions, afflictions etc. We have not to forget them in our prayer to God!
II Corinthians 1:9
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should
not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead
Verse 9: During the uproar in Asia and in other places the apostle Paul and his companions were not sure about their lives. They had the sentence of death in themselves like a trial. They didn't trust in themselves, Paul and his companions but in God which raiseth the dead. God is Allmighty: He can raise the dead. He can do everything except He cannot lie! In Titus 1: 2 we read the following verse: In hope of eternal life, which God , that cannot lie, promised before the world began" The apostle Paul with his companions during all the persecutions, afflictions because of the Gospel of Grace, were not afraid about their lives because they trusted in God who can raise the dead! And we my brothers and sisters have also not to be afraid about our lives if such troubles like the apostle Paul come in our ways here on earth. We have to follow Paul!!! In I Corinthians 11: 1: Be ye followers of me, even as I als am of Christ. We have to follow the apostle Paul in the Gospel of the Grace of God which he proclaimed, made known to this world and we have to do it also!!! How he walked in the Lord Jesus Christ and here also that he was not sure about his life and still he trusted in God which raiseth the dead! What a encouragement for us and that we can read and study this verse today in a free country! Praise God for this!!!
II Corinthians 1:10
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom
we trust that He will yet deliver us.
Verse 10: My brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. God had delivered Paul and his companions from a great death. They were not sure of their lives and trusted in God and He delivered them all from this great death. He is the God of deliverance my dear brothers and sisters! And doth deliver. What does that mean? God would deliver Paul and his companions from the death that they could visit the Corinthian saints again. The apostle Paul knew it that the Lord would deliver all of them incluse himself and that the Lord would deliver them also in the future. It was and is a assurance. Our hope is Christ my dear brothers and sisters and in I Thessalonians 1:10 we read: "And to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Which delivered us from the wrath to come" This is our Hope my dear brothers and sisters! So we have like the apostle Paul not to be afraid about this life. Let us trust in the Lord Who will one day call us to heaven and will deliver us from the wrath, the Great Tribulation here on earth, to come!!!
II Corinthians 1:11
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
Verse 11: Here in this verse we have helping together by prayer. This means my dear brothers and sisters that one believer or in this case more people/believers can pray for another person like Paul and his companions in this verse. We can do the same my dear brothers and sisters to pray for each other and that is very important because it is helping. This is not that we helped God but that we help our brother by going to God in his behalf. If you pray for a brother who preach the Word of Grace and the rightly dividing and he knows it he is very thankful and can give thanks for you in his prayer to God. It is really a encouragment
and the apostle Paul needed in that time when he wrote this lettter to them the prayers from the Corinthian saints. That helped him a lot in his life with our Lord. So brothers and sisters we can learn a lot from this beautiful verse!
II Corinthians 1:12
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 had had our conversation in the world, and
more abundantly to you-ward
Verse 12: Dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: this is something what the apostle Paul declared here. What a testimony! The apostle Paul had a lot to say about a clear conscience. In Acts 23 verse 1 we read the following verse: "And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said. Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. The high priest who was on the other side when the apostle Paul spoke and his concience already been seared with a hot iron and commanded them that stood by Paul to smite him on the mouth. Brothers ans sisters let us be followers of Paul and we have to walk in this world not with fleshly wisdom but by the Grace of God and so like Paul to have our conversation in the world so that people begin to think about it. That is what God wants from us to live under His Grace in this world and not by our own flesh because the flesh wisdom is not for us as believers in Christ to follow. We can only rejoice in the Lord! The aposlte Paul was not only in this world with the conversation of Gods Grace also more abundantly to them the Corinthian saints. In II Corinthians 4: 2 we read: "But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God"
II Corinthians 1:13
For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and
I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end.
Verse 13: The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian saints and he meant what he said in his writings to them. In his writings there was no craftiness and no hidden meanings. He wrote in II Corinthians 2:4 the following:"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" You see my brothers and sisters the apostle was very sincere and the truths he told them had already acknowledged and the apostle Paul hoped they would continue to acknowledge to the end! And we too my brothers and sisters: the epistles of the apostle Paul had to be acknowledged as our personal epistles for the Body of Christ because we are members of that Body!
II Corinthians 1:14
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
Verse 14: Not all of the Corinthian saints acknowledged Paul as God's appointed apostle for the Body of Christ and that he proclaimed the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20;24. This is the same today with the professional church here on earth. The professional church here on earth doesn't acknowledge that the apostle Paul is the appointed apostle of the Dispensation of Grace among which we live now as members of the Body of Christ. A lot of people think and that is the teaching, that Paul is one of the twelve apostles, that he preached the same gospel as Peter, John and James thus no difference in gospels. Most people don't know who the apostle Paul was. That was the situation also 2000 years ago and some of the Corinthian believers acknowledged Paul as the apostle of the Gentiles and rejoiced in it because they saw it and knew also to rightly dividing and the Gospel of the Grace of God very well. They stood for the Gospel of Grace and the apostle Paul says that these persons who believed this and stood for it are his and his companions rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus. Acts 20;24, Romans 16:25. In all church history few peole did recognized and believed the Gospel of the Grace of God and Paul as the apostle of the Gentiles and specially for the Body of Christ, the CHURCH. Acts 20:32. Nowadays we have the same as in the past: there is a minority in the Body of Christ who know the Gospel of Grace and stand for this and rightly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15. What is the day of the Lord Jesus? Well this is the Rapture my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We as members who stand for this Gospel of Grace and rightly dividing, can rejoice at the Rapture with the apostle Paul and all the people from the past and present in that day because we all will stand before the Bema there as demonstrations of the riches of Gods Grace. Oh what a joyful day this will be my dear brothers and sisters! Read Philippians 2:16!
II Corinthians 1:15
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that
ye might have a second benefit.
Verse 15: In this confidence. What confidence? The apostle his plan was to come to them that they would have a second chance. That the apostle could explain more to them about God's Gospel of Grace because he knew a little bit more because of revelations he got from the risen Lord Jesus Christ. There were few who believed the Gospel of Grace like today and he and his companions rejoiced about it. In I Corinthians 16:5 we read again: "Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia" This was Paul's original plan. To visit the Corinthian saints: the purpose was that they should have a new and fresh second blessing by Gods Grace!
II Corinthians 1:16
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 Judea
Verse 16: In this verse my dear brothers and sisters we see the original plan of the apostle Paul! First to visit Macedonia which he did after the uproar in Ephesus. We read in Acts 20 verse 1: And after the uproar was ceased Paul calld unto him the disciples, and embraced them and departed for to go into Macedonia. But than in after 3 months that he was with the saints there probably in Philippi the Jews laid wait for him and he was about to sail into Syria. So it became dangerous because the Jews would kill him. His purpose was return to Macedonia and continue his journey through them to Corinth but this didn't work because here in this verse he expected that the Corinthian saints would bring him to Judea. to the poor saints in Jerusalem. The reality was different. Oh we have also plans sometimes my brothers and sisters to work out and in the practice very often we have to cancel it because there comes something in between. But this was very vital for the Corinthian saints to see the apostle Paul the second time and to be encouraged by Gods Word of Grace Acts 20:32. That's why he wrote/writes this second Epistle to them!
II Corinthians 1:17
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?
Verse 17: The plan of the apostle Paul was to visit them after he had visit Macedonia and that brothers would bring him on the way to Judea. However this plan changed. Was it that Paul according his flesh made other plans and decide not to visit the Corinthian saints, his brothers and sisters? No this was not the case. He didn't make his discisions according his flesh. The apostle Paul trusted 100% on the Lord and sought His leading in this. God is the One who knows the end from the beginning! He is allmighty and knows everything. Sometimes in our lives we too have similar circumstances like the apostle Paul. He had to make a decision and we too have to make this we trust 100% on our Lord and lean not to our flesh. The Word of God the apostle Paul preached through the power of God was not yea and nay but yes in Him. His plan he would come to them because of their sad spiritual situation very soon. However he trusted more in the Lord and through circumstances he experienced he decided with and trhough our Lord not to go.
II Corinthians 1:18
But as God is true, our word toward
you was not yea and nay
Verse 18: God is true my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful in Christ. Our Lord is the truth, the way and the life. He only is true. Now we from ourselves, we have the sin nature are not true or to trust. God's Word is true and is the truth! God never needs to change His mind but men may. Men is a sinner. God cannot sin! So the word the apostle Paul toward the saints at Corinth was not yes or no, yea and nay because the words were positive in Christ Who is the yea and amen and is the center of all God's promises!
II Corinthians 1:19
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
Verse 19: My dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. Here our Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned the Son of God. There are a lot of sects in this world who deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Here is the Scripture from God which demonstrates that Jesus Christ is really God's Son! No doubt about that!!! The apostle Paul named here Silas and Timotheus who had faithfully labored in the midst of the Corinthian saints the Gospel of the Good News, the gospel of the Grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ. The central point: the cross , the finished work on Calvary which our Lord baried or caried because for us my dear brothers and sisters. Romans 5:8! Read this verse! This Gospel was not preached to them through Timotheus and Silas as yes and no but in the very positive one, centered in Christ because in Him it is not yea and nay but in Him it is yea!
II Corinthians 1:20
For the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.
Verse 20: All the promises God made in Him are yes and in Him Amen. What God says and promised He does! He is not a Liar. We are! Why? We are liars because of the sin nature we possess. We can promise to ourselves some things or promise to other people but 100% we cannot. God is without sin, He cannot sin because He knows no sin. That's why the promises God made in Him, Christ came reallity and is true and in Him it is yes and Amen unto the Glory of God through us.
II Corinthians 1:21
Now He which stablisheth us with you in
Christ, and hath anointed us , is God
Verse 21: He which stablisheth us with you says the apostle to his brothers and sisters in Corinth! How can you be stablished by God? Answer in Christ and also through the Word of His Grace which stablish us in Christ. In Romans 16:25 we read Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began" Not only the Corinthians bu also us, all of us who are in Christ. You see my dear brothers and sisters: God is doing the work in us. He stablishes us and hath anointed us in Christ. That is God's Work. Not our works because our works are nothing. So that we not boast in ourselves. It is His Work. What does it mean to be anointed? Anointing is the ritual act of pouring aromatic oil over a person's head or entire body. This was under the prophecy and now we as members of Hs Body, the Body of Christ are anointed by God in Christ. We didn't get oil over our heads! No we are anointed in Christ and this is our position in Him.
II Corinthians 1:22
Who hath sealed us, and given the earnest
of the Spirit in our hearts.
Verse 22: God hath sealed us! He has placed His stamp of approval, His seal of acceptance upon us. What a wonderful God we have. There is more in this verse: He has given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. In II Corinthians 5 verses 4 and 5 we read: For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit" And in Ephesians 1 verse 13 and 14 we read: In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Which is the earnest of our inheritance unto the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory" We are sealed with the Holy Spirit my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ! Now we can rejoice in Him Philippians 4:4!!! This is our position. God is so Good. We have a wonderful God. In other words this is phantastic if you realize what you have in Christ through the finished Work on the cross on Calvary by Him for us! Because it was for us that He did this!!!
II Corinthians 1:23
Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul,
that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth
Verse 23: The apostle Paul called God for a record over him. Why was this? The apostle Paul calls upon God in a prayer to confirm to these brothers and sisters at Corinth the validity of his defense. He descided not to visit them a second time because they had to stand by faith alone before God without the presence of the apostle Paul.
II Corinthians 1:24
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of
your joy: for by faith ye stand
Verse 24 : The apostle Paul and Timotheus and other co laborers had no dominion over their faith! This is clear because every person in Christ stands alone by faith before God. This is it also for us my dear brothers and sisters. We can help each other in the faith of God but everyone of us stands alone before Him. I cannot believe for someone else. Every person stands alone in the faith of God. So the apostle Paul and his co workers were helpers of their joy in Christ and helped them to stand by faith in Christ. However they had to stand alone by faith and we too my brothers and sisters, we have also to stand alone by faith before God in Christ!
II Corinthians chapter 2
The apostle Paul begins this chapter about the situation he experienced in Corinth and
this caused him a lot of pain. His plan was when he visits the Corin-thian saints again he would not come
again in heaviness. The apostle Paul tells the Corinthian believers in this chapter what their attitude must be compared with a person who sin like the sin the apostle Paul described in his first letter.
II Corinthians 2 verse 1
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again
to you in heaviness
Verse 1: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. In his first letter to the Corinthian saints the apostle Paul wrote to them in sorrow and pain because of a lot of sin which some of the Corinthian persons committed. The apostle Paul made a agreement with himself not to come again to them with heaviness as in his first epistle. Brothers and sisters if we read and study the first epistle to the Corinthian saints and also to us as members of the Body of Christ we recognize the sin which committed some of the Corinthian saints and that was a severe sin. See I Corinthians chapter 5 verses 1 till 8. But are we better than the Corinthian saints? The answer my dear brothers and sisters is no! We too are sinners and commit sin everyday! Let us thank the Lord everyday for the forgiveness of sin Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14! Let us abstain from sin and present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service Romans 12 verse 1.
II Corinthians 2: 2
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that
maketh me glad, but the same which
is made sorry by me?
Verse 2: The apostle Paul ought to rejoice in the spiritual restoration and progress of the Corinthian saints. His rebuke in his first letter should discourage them. And who would encourage the apostle Paul? The encouragement could only come from those who had been made sorry by him. The apostle Paul would be glad by it.
II Corinthians 2: 3
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
Verse 3: If the apostle Paul should come to Corinth again and still saw the same sin they committed like strife, fleshly lusts, worldly pleasures he would again suffer sorrow over them who commit this instead of rejoicing over them. On the other hand the apostle Paul had a lot of confidence in them all so that his joy will be their joy too. So that they would understand that his aim was the removal of that which had not only grieved the apostle but had brought sorrow to them all. There were some persons under them who committed such sin like above. The sins they committed the apostle was not glad with it and he hoped that when he came the second time this will be changed.
II Corinthians 2:4
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
Verse 4: Out of much affliction and anguish or distress of heart I wrote unto you with many tears. The apostle Paul's life was a life full of afflictions and persecutions because of the Gospel of the Grace of God for whom the apostle Paul suffered. His heart was full of distress and specially after the uproar in Ephesus when he Paul was in Macedonia. His was not sure of his life and every day there was fear. In II Corinthians 11 verses 23-29 we read the following verses: "Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is offended, adn I burn not? Here we read all the sufferings the apostle Paul suffered. You can imagine that this man of God had a anguish of heart and he writes here to the Corinthian saints and also to us with many tears. The situation in the Corinthian church was far from good because of fleshly lusts, worldly pleasures, strifes, fightings etc. That's why he with many tears wrote them. He Paul loved the Corinthian brothers and sisters so much in Christ that he says here that they should not be grieved by his tears but that they mihgt know the love which He had more abundantly (so much) for them. This was the love of God for them. His desire was that they should learn from their faults and grow up in Gods Grace and the message of Grace. That they should abstain from their sins and be led by God's Spirit which was also in their hearts. Not only them that have to grow up under God 's Grace, we too have to grow up through the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 so that we should not stay as babies but grow to maturity my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 2: 5
But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me,
but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
Verse 5: From this verse we conclude that the apostle Paul was very sensitive and with good taste. He cared a lot of his brothers and sisters and even if they behaved like babes. Any have caused grief. Probably the person who caused grief grieved not in the first place grieved the apostle Paul but God. God was not pleased with this and is not pleased with the person who sins. This person repented propably because the apostle says have caused grief, not to him but unto God in the first place and caused also disgrace in the midst of the Corinthian saints, in their church. The apostle Paul wrote this from a distance to them. and he takes this appeased attitude towards them. The apostle Paul had learned how to deal with people and also what his attitude must be towards men. We can learn a lot from this my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 2:6
Sufficient to such a man is this punishment,
which was inflicted of many.
Verse 6: The apostle Paul is speaking about a punishment. What kind of punishment he is speaking off? Well we see in I Corinthians 5 verse 5 the punishment what the apostle means: "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" What has the person in question done to have such a punishment over him? Verse 1 of I Corinthians 5 tell's us the answer: "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife" That was the sin my brothers and sisters: fornication: to sleep with your father's wife! And now the question to us: are we better than this person who committed such a sin? The answer is no. Every sin is equally bad in God's eyes. We too sin as believers. This was a very bad sin in among the Corinthian saints. Many of the Corinthian saints , after the apostle Paul had said this measure to give such a man over to the satan for the destruction of the body, agreed with him and gave this person over to satan. And now this person repented from his sins he committed so that he came back into the local church.
II Corinthians 2:7
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort
him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with
Verse 7: Now the Corinthian saints had to forgive this man because God had forgiven them! Let us read Ephesians 4:32: "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" This has to be their attitude towards their brother who repented from his sin and came back to the local church and asked for forgiveness of his sins he committed. And so my brothers and sisters this attitude to forgive has also to be our attitude. We in our nature are inclined to judge but God says in His Word not to judge and let the judging over on Him because He is the Judge. This would be our attitude my brothers and sisters. Instead of judging this person they, the Corinthian saints had to comfort him so that the person himself was not swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Forgiving is the Love of God and we have to learn this my brothers and sisters. Let us learn this and abstain from bitterness and wrath and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking" Ephesians 4:31
II Corinthians 2:8
Wherefore I beseech you that ye would
confirm your love toward him
Verse 8: The apostle Paul beseeched the Corinthian saints their love toward the man who repented from his sins which he committed in the Corinthian church. To beseech is to bid, plead. So the apostle pleads for these Corinthian brothers and sisters to confirm. What is to confirm? Answer To establish the truth or correctness their love toward this person. This love is not the love of men but the love of God who loves sinners like you and me and brothers and sisters we make also mistakes and sin and despite this He loves us and He holds us because He lives in us and if we fall as his sons and daughters He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself II Timothy 2:13. From this verse we can learn a lot my dear brothers and sisters. With the love of Christ in us we can forgive persons who sin because we too are sinners and we are forgiven by the blood of Christ because He shed His blood for us all on the cross on Calvary Ephesians 1:7. Ephesians 4:32. Read these verses and let it sink to your heart. Make this your own so that also your attitude and the attitude together with me will be renewed day by day.
II Corinthians 2:9
For to this end also did I write, that I might know
the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
Verse 9: What does this verse mean my brothers and sisters? To discipline the brother who committed such a crime was an important responsibility for the Corinthian saints. Now he, the man, had heartily repented from this sin. Now the question arise did they forgave him? Because they had to be obedient also in these things. It was a proof and this, the apostle wanted to know about them. The discipline here is as much a matter of obedience to the Lord as it is obligation to this brother. It was really important to forgive such a brother and than the Corinthian brothers and sisters who did this were obedient to God in this.
II Corinthians 2:10
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
Verse 10: The apostle Paul assures the Corinthian saints that he has forgiven the man who repented from his sin and for their sakes in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. To discipline this man who committed this sin it was an important responsibility but had the Corinthian saints this man forgiven? This was also very important in the whole progress. The man must again be disciplined but before this the people had to forgive him in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Corinthian saints had accepted the apostle's rebuke because of their tolorance to let this happen in their midst. Personally I think that it was very difficult for them to forgive a man who had committed this. They had to do it because then the effects would follow. Nothing wants Satan than quarrels, not forgiving one another. Personally I have also experienced this in the past and this hurts my dear brothers and sisters. So the apostle Paul expected from them the Corinthian saints to join him in forgiving such a brother who committed this sin and accept him again as a brother.
II Corinthians 2:11
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices
Verse 11: Satan's aim is wiles and devices so he accomplishes this aims through this. He cannot defeat us anymore. What he does is to instill a self righteousness that looks down upon the fallen brother and refuse to forgive the brother when restored. The devil is very good in this and this self righteousness looks so "good" as it is real sharpened and mean. This is what very often happened when persons have a quarrel together and after that will not forgive each other and will not speak to each other and this can take years which is very sad! So the apostle Paul reminds them that they know the working of satan, his devices.
II Corinthians 2:12
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's Gospel
and a door was opened unto me of the Lord
Verse 12: When the apostle Paul came to Troas to preach Christ's Gospel. Which Gospel is this? Well the apostle Paul preached only the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began" Romans 16:25. He, Paul preached the Gospel of Gods Grace read Acts 20:24. This is Christ's Gospel. It is a synonym my brothers and sisters. He was in Troas to preach the Good News of Gods Grace, the Glory of the cross, the finished work on the cross on Calvary. That's what Paul the apostle preached. At the same time there was a door opened unto him of the Lord. But there was something more because Titus was not with him there and this we read in the next verse (more in the next verse). A door was opened unto him of the Lord. There was a entrance: the people there would listen to Gods Word of Grace. In Acts 20:7 we read: "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight" This gives us, my dear brothers and sisters, the impression that there were a lot of listerners who listened to the Gospel of the Grace of God which the apostle Paul preached to them.
II Corinthians 2:13
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
Verse 13: There was a door opened from the Lord for the apostle Paul in Troas but the apostle Paul after he escaped the uproar in Ephesus before he had no rest to stay in Troas because he found not Titus his brother. The Lord opened hearts to give the apostle Paul and interested hearing but he Paul had no rest in his spirit. This you can see that the apostle Paul was just like you and me a human being, from nature a sinner with fear and also with troubles/problems. He had not found Titus and he would hear from Titus how the situation was in Corinth and Titus was not yet in Troas. So the apostle Paul left Troas and went to Macedonia to search Titus there. That the apostle Paul left Troas to find Titus in Macedonia with some good news from the Corinthian saints was this disobedience to God because God had opened a door to him? The problem was too that the apostle Paul was troubled after the uproar in Ephesus that this had hindered his preaching of the Good News in Troas. However he preached there till midnight and the day after he left and went to Macedonia. He hoped to find Titus and he did. In Acts 20:11 we read: "When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while. even till break of day, so he departed" So the apostle Paul wasn't disobedient because the whole story is a lesson to us all my dear brothers and sisters. How often we fail to enter doors which the Lord has opened to us. We fail often to witness to men and God would have the Gospel of His Grace proclaimed to all men everywhere. Paul had preached there in Troas and had brought people there to Christ after his preaching and established them in the faith. Titus was his brother and he is mentioned in this Second Epistle to the Corinthian saints 9 times and always with affection and esteem. He, Titus was a complete different man than Timothy. Titus was a Gentile originally. Timothy and Titus were closer to the apostle Paul than any of his other co workers.
II Corinthians 2: 14
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.
Verse 14: Here my dear brothers and sisters is the verse where the apostle Paul thanks God always because God leads him on in triumph in Jesus Christ! The triumph is in Christ my dear brothers and sisters and we are in Him! In Romans 8:37 we read the following verse: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" Now the question to you my dear brother and sister: is anything better than this? The answer is no! We can triumph in Him and rejoice in the Lord always! Read Philippians 4 verse 4! And what does God do more? The answer we see here in the last part of this verse: and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place. What is the savour of His knowledge? This is the taste of His knowledge! What kind of knowledge the apostle Paul is talking about here in this verse? This is the knowledge of the Mystery which was kept secret before the world began and made manifest through the apostle Paul: The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secreat since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, makde known to all nations for the obedience of faith" In Ephesians 3 verse 4 we read: "Whereby , when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ" The knowledge that now by the cross in Ephesians 2:14: For He is our peace,Who hath made both (Jew and Gentile) one, and hath broken down the middle wall op partirin between us" The deeper meaning of the cross, which is the finished work of Christ on the cross that is that knowledge" And this my dear brothers ans sisters was made known by the apostle Paul and his co workers in every place where he came with them. And so the Good News of the cross, the glory of the cross was made known and Paul triumphed in Christ Who made this all possible. There was a lot of resistance as nowadays it is against the truth but Paul trusted in the Lord and not in men and not in himself and this is a very good example for us to follow my dear brothers and sisters because we have to follow him I Corinthians 4:15 and 16 and I Corinthians 11:1. Let us do this!!!!
II Corinthians 2: 15
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are
saved, and in them that perish
Verse 15: My dear brothers and sisters: the apostle Paul with his co workers like Titus and Timotheus and others, were a sweet savour or a sweet taste in them that are saved. The apostle Paul and his co workers proclaimed the good news about Christ: crucified for everyone and resurrected the third day I Corinthians 15: 3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures." This is the Good News my dear brothers and sisters and this is what is proclaimed and that's why Paul and his co workers were a good/ sweet savour of Christ. They were the first who proclaimed this and not only for brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, also for them that perish. Who are the ones who perish? What does it mean the word perish or perishing? It means to be lost. The meaning here is that Paul and his co workers through proclaiming the Gospel of the Grace of God were a sweet savour also to the lost people. In John 3 verse 16 we read: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" Here is the same word perish. The one who believes or trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior is not perished anymore but have everlasting life! And if you are lost or perish my dear reader why not to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? He died also for you on that cross on Calvary, He bore your sins there and died for that and was buried and stood up from the dead and He lives! Do you believe that? Believe it now if you didn't yet. We don't know if tomorrow will come and then it is to late. Do it now: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, saved forever and have everlasting life!
II Corinthians 2: 16
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?
Verse 16: What the apostle Paul says in this verse my dear brothers and sisters is this the way he lived and his co workers and this is the same for us as members of the Body of Christ, that we are the fragrance of life for believers but for unbelievers we are the fragrance of death. In other words the life with Christ and ministry is a matter of life and death. The way we live my dear brothers and sisters and work can mean life or death to a lost world around us. And than the apostle Paul says who is sufficient for these things? The answer for this we can find in 2 Corinthians 3 verse 5 what tells us: "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" Thus in God we are sufficient for the ministry! He helps us in the ministry and to share the Word of God of God's Grace Acts 20;24, Romans 16:25-26. What a wonderful God we have brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 2:17
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
Verse 17: The apostle Paul and his co workers, companions didn't corrupt: that is made a trade of, the Word of God which many did in that time and also now 2000 years later we have more and more people who corrupt the Word of God. This is all the work of satan because he corrupts the Word of God and he is a genius in this. He, satan hates Gods Word that's why he does this everyday my dear brothers and sisters. However the message of Grace which Paul and his co workers proclaimed was powerful because it was and is eternally true. It was so powerful this message and it is that the apostle Paul suffered so much for this and at the end of his life he died for this. The apostle spoke sincerely and in the sight of God. God was and is his Witness! In Romans 1: 9 we read: For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers" And in Romans 9: 1 the apostle Paul proclaimed: "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost" The apostle Paul proclaimed the Gospel of the Grace of God and never lied to people or corrupted the Word of Gods Grace. It was and is the truth my dear brothers and sisters. It is Gods Word which he proclaimed and this is never corrupt. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read the following: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" What kind of effect it has corrupt communications? In I Corinthians 15 verse 33 we read: "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" This is the answer and the Word of Grace as it is in our Bibles is pure and not corrupt and this has a good influence on us as believers my dear brothers and sisters. In Colossians 1 verse 5 and 6 we read: "For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the Wor of the truth of the Gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the Grace of God in truth" This was the result of the Gospel of the Grace of God which the apostle Paul proclaimed and pure and it brought forth fruit in lives of men and nowadays the same in lives of brothers and sisters in this world too! We as ambassadors, we have to proclaim, make known this wonderful Gospel of the Grace of God to a lost world as the apostle Paul did as first man in the Body of Christ and we follow him in this I Corinthians 11:1, I Corinthians 4:15-16! Read these verses!
II Corinthians chapter 3 verse 1
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some
others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation
Verse 1: The Corinthian saints were implying that the apostle Paul was not a apostle because he was not one of the twelve apostles or that he should come with letters of commendation. Letters of Commendation? The answer to this is what greater letter of commendation could the apostle Paul had than the Corinthian church ifself, the largest church he had founded. That's why he asked them need we as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letter of commendation from you? The Corinthian believers were recalcitrant people and puffed up. It was for the apostle Paul difficult to deal with them. We live now 2000 years later and this is still a role today my dear brothers and sisters. We have nowadays the same attitude from a lot of people who think that the apostle Paul was one of the twelve apostles or that he was not a apostle. That's why they avoid his epistles to read and study and stay in a mixed Gospel made up from law and grace and Kingdom. The professing church did not believe the truth till now and the result is a lot of divisions in the so called Christian world. The question is now for you my dear brothers and sisters: do you understand the distinctive message of the Grace of God was preached/proclaimed by the apostle Paul? Read Romans 16:25-26!
II Corinthians 3 verse 2
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts,
known and read of all men
Verse 2: The apostle Paul is telling here that the Corinthian saints are a epistle. They had be won to Christ to tell other people about Him and that's why the apostle writes here that they are written in his heart, not with ink or on tables of stone but by the Spirit of the living God. All men can see it and not only the Corinthian saints are in the first place named like this, we too are a epistle of Christ. All of the Lord's people are a letter from Christ my dear brothers and sisters. You too and that is what you and me are in Christ. A example for all men in this world which is getting worser and worser because of sin.
II Corinthians 3 verse 3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ
ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit fo the
living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart
Verse 3: All believers in Christ are a letter from Christ, penned by the Holy Spirit and all believers are addressed to all the world. We have to proclaim the Gospel of the Grace of God and also live the Life as well. We have to remember my dear brothers and sisters that we ourselves are the only gospel some people in this world will read with any care. You will say this is very difficult to be a example in a world which is getting worser and worser. For sure it is diffucult but it is not impossible we let us lead by God' Holy Spirit everyday and by His Word of Grace.
II Corinthians 3 verse 4
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward
Verse 4: Dear brothers and sisters the apostle and his co workers trusted through Christ to God. God is to trust! He is trustful and true. We are from ourselves not to trust and nothing. In Him we have everything we need and through Christ, through the power of His resurrection which is in us we can trust and can do things for God. We cannot trust ourselves, our nature my dear brothers and sisters. In II Timothy 2: 13 we read: If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful, he cannot deay Himself"
II Corinthians 3: 5
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of
ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God
Verse 5: The apostle Paul says here that he and his co workers in proclaiming the Gospel of the Grace of God and preaching about it. He and his co workers were from themselves not capable to think or to do something. It was not their work they were doing or thinking about it. Their capability was from God. God was working in them and in the ministry. He was the One who helped the apostle Paul through all the circumstances and also that from his co workers who stood also for the truth: the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24. In I Timothy 1: 12 we read: "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" Paul and also his co workers were put into the ministry. Into the work which God hath before ordained! For God we too are sufficient in Him. We too are capable to think and to do things which He does in us. Through Him we can do everything. What a wonderful God we have my dear brothers and sisters. Everyday He is faithful and like Paul and his co workers He count us too faithful and putting us also into the ministry to make known this wonderful Gospel of the Grace of God Romans 16:25-26!
II Corinthians 3: 6
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
Verse 6 The apostle Paul and his co workers were ministers of the New Testament. The New Testament was promised 600 years before Christ cam into this world and in Jeremia 31 verse 31 you can read this. Second it was made at Calvary 33 A.D. We read this in Matthew 26 verse 28: "For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" And third: It will be fulfilled when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to reign over Israel and the world on earth. This we can read in Romans 11: 26 and 27. We live in the present Dispensation of Grace Ephesians 3: 1-3, under the Mystery. When Israel failed to do under the letter or law she will be enabled by Gods Spirit when her Messiah will return to earth. The New Covenant was made with the house of Israel Jeremiah 31 verse 31. Is this Covenant also related to us? The blood of the New Testament or New Covenant was shed not only to redeem Israel but also to replace the law with a better covenant. The new covenant affects both Jews and Gentiles because the blood is shed for both, for the whole world. As members of the Body of Christ the New Covenant affects us too, only it was not made with us because the Old and New Covenant was made with Israel Ephesians 2: 11-14!
II Corinthians 3:7
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 the countenance; which glory was
to be done away
Verse 7: The ministration of death. What was it? This was the ministration of the Law and this began at the mountain Sinai. Moses came down from the Mount Sinai with the tables of stone. It was glorious. The children of Israel couldn't see the face of Moses because of the glory of the countenance. In Exodus 24 verse 12 we read: "And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be tehre: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which i have written; that thou mayest teach them" The law too on another aspect. Through the Law people did know what is sin. The Law worketh wrath Romans 4:15. Which was glorious first leaded only to gloom! No person under the law could escape the comdemnation and death because the Law is good and righteousness but men is not good because he is a sinner from birth. The ministration my dear brothers and sisters had no glory! We are living now under the ministration of Gods Grace and under this we have glory my dear brothers and sisters. In Romans 3: 21-24 we read the following: But now the righteousness of God without the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of Gode which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" The ministration of God's Grace is much and much more glory than the ministration of the Law.
II Corinthians 3:8
How shall not the ministration
of the spirit be rather glorious?
Verse 8: My dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. the ministration of the spirit under which we now live is rather glorious than the ministration of death, the ministration of the Law under which Israel lived in the past. They lived under the Old Testament! When Moses came from the mountain after speaking with God, his face shone with teh glory of God. This was a part of the glory of the giving of the Law of God. It had a huge impression on the people of Israel. The apostle Paul is saying here my dear brothers and sisters the following: if there was glory in the giving of a Law which brought death, how much more glory is there in a ministry that brings life!
II Corinthians 3: 9
For the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more
doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory
Verse 9: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: the Law of Moses was not given for the purpose of salvation. It was given that people knew what is sin. By the Law is the knowledge of sin and people did more sin under the law and it became more and more. The law condemned the sinner and sure the Law of God through Moses was good but men is not good, sold under sin, by nature the slave of sin. That's why God made a new ministration: the ministraion of righteousness in Christ and in exceeding glory! This ministration of righteousness can change lives to the glory of God. Man's greatest need is righteousness and Gods Gift is that righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus. In Galatians 2 verse 21 we read: "I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain. Than the offer of Christ on Calvary was for nothing. Thank God that the Law coudn't change lives and couldn't save people but Christ came into this world to save sinners and He gave His life for the whole world so that it is possible for men to accept that offer of righteousness, this gift and became a son of daughter of God. If you are not saved my dear reader you have to know that you are a sinner and that you can be saved forever. Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ that He died for your sins once for all and that He rose from the grave and is now in heaven and alive! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!
II Corinthians 3:10
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect,
by reason of the glory that excelleth
Verse 10: In this verse my dear brothers and sisters states that the Law really lost its glory. The law coudn't save people. It was made glorious, but had no glory because through the Law guilt and condemnation came. The person (under you) who tries to live under the Law will find himself feeling more and more guilty and this can produce a feeling of of hopelessness and rejection. Now we have God's Grace my dear brothers and sisters and this remaineth and is much, much glorious. The law produced guilt and condemnation. What happened on the cross? Colossians 2:14: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross" Christ is the End of the Law for every man who wants to believe in Him! The Law of God was a yoke too heavy to bear. In Galatians 5 verse 1 we read: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" It is when we trust Christ, and live by faith in God's Grace, that we experience acceptance and joy. The glory here in this verse that excelleth is the Grace of God under which we now live my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 3:11
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth
Verse 11: My dear brothers and sisters: by the cross the Law of God was ended. Christ is the End of the Law. Romans 10 verse 4: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth" Oh, how wonderful this is. Think about it! This is so glorious! In Colossians 2:14 we have read in the last verse 10 that Christ took the law of ordinances which was contrary to us, out of the way, nailing it to His cross! We are no more under that Law my dear brothers and sisters. Romans 6:14 tells us that:"For sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law but under Grace" All this we received from God through our Lord Jesus Christ! God's Grace which is much more will remain in glory! And is much more glorious than the Law which is done away! Realize this my dear brothers and sisters! Think about it and be still for God!
II Corinthians 3:12
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use
great plainness of speech
Verse 12: My dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: the apostle is here talking about hope. Well this hope is that the ministration of Grace would remain glorious and that is hope because we are not any longer under the law which brought condemnation and death but we are living under God's Grace. What is great plainness of speech the apostle is talking here about it? This is outspokenness which means: straight-from-the-shoulder direct. God's Grace Gospel the apostle Paul proclaimed to this world was straight because it was and is the Word of God! God's Grace gives hope because we are like the apostle Paul saved by God's Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone. In Christ there is Hope my dear brothers and sisters and through the Gospel of Grace like Paul we have to take the same boldness as Paul to proclaim this message to this lost world.
II Corinthians 3:13
And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children
of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which
Verse 13: Moses put a vail over his face. Why did he do that? The veil prevented the people of Israel from seeing the finish of the glory as it faded away This was the first meaning of the veil and the second one is that it prevented the people of Israel from understanding the purpose behing the fading glory. The law had just been instituted and the people of Israel were not ready to be told that this system which is glorious, was only temporary. The truth of the covenant of Law was a preparation for something greater was not yet made known to Israel. Now we have the ministration of God's Grace and this will remain and not fade away! That's why the apostle Paul said here and not as Mosed, which put a veil over his face. The Law is on the cross on Calvary abolished my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were blinded: for unti this day
remaineth the same veil untaken away in the
reading of the Old Testament; which veil
is done away in Christ
Verse 14: The apostle Paul had a special love for Israel and a burden to see his people get saved. In Romans 9 verses 1 until 4 we read about this. The question is now why the Jewish were rejectiing Christ? As the apostle to the Gentiles, the apostle Paul was seeing many Gentiles trusting the Lord but the Jews, his own people were rejecting the truth and persecuting him and his co workers and the Body of Christ. The reason is that their spiritual eyes were blinded so when they read the Old Testament Scriptures, they did not see the truth about their own Messiah namely Jesus Christ. They didn't grasp the Grace of God and what God had given to them. They were blinded by their own religion as a lot of people in religions my dear brothers and sisters. The veil which is spoken here again in this verse is done away in Christ.
II Corinthians 3:15
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart
Verse 15: When Moses is read: What is read? Answer when the Law is read and the Jews in the time of Paul on earth read the Law regular and believed in this and the veil was upon their heart. They were spiritual blind by their own religion. The veil is like a scale on their eyes so that they were blind. This is what the apostle Paul mentioned here in this verse. Today we have a lot of religion in this world: religions of men. People are blind, spiritual blind like the Jews in that time when the apostle Paul lived and described this. Let us as ambassadors for Christ tell them the love and Grace of God in Christ also for them my dear brothers and sisters. Romans 5:8, II Corinthians 5:19-21. Let us tell them that they need a Savior, that they cannot save themselves and receive the gift of God in Christ! Let us say to them: we pray you in Christ's stad, be ye reconciled to God! verse 20 of II Corinthians 5. In other words make peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved"Acts 16: 31!
II Corinthians 3:16
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord,
the veil shall be taken away
Verse 16: Still Israel is spiritual blind by their own religion. Is there hope for Israel? Yes is the answer and we see it here in this verse: When the heart of this folk Israel shall turn to the Lord by trusting Jesus Christ, the veil shall be taken away. Nowadays God is not dealing with Israel. However in the future He will again deal with Israel. In Romans 11: 25 -27 we read the following: "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye shoudl be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come our of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins" In that time when this happens the veil shall be taken away!
II Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where
the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty
Verse 17: Here we see in this verse that no sinner can receive Christ as his or her personal Savior apart from the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is God and works with the Word of God, the Bible. The Holy Spirit can through Gods Word change people and it brings freedom, liberty. The Law couldn't do that because the Law brought bondage. In Romans 8 verse 15 we read the following: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father" As a nation Israel is blinded now and God is not busy with them but this does not say that individual Jews originally cannot be saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone!
II Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord are
changed into the same image from glory
to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
Verse 18: What a wonderful Word of God my dear brothers and sisters! What is the meaning of this verse? First open face. Originally it means unveiled. What does that mean? Remove a veil or covering from, in particular uncover. A example to illustrate that is when we in May this year picked up our lease car at the toyota dealer our lease car was ready with a cover over it. The man from the garage removed the cover from the car and after that the car was uncovered. And so we as believers in Christ has to look into the mirror or glass in which we behold Christ that is the Word. In this divine Mirror we may behold ourselves or we may behold Christ. If we behold ourselves we see a ruin sin has brought but let us not stop here. Let us look into a mirror and find a bright light in it and the glory will be reflected in our face. We have to look to Him, Christ my dear brothers and sisters in the Word and find Him there. His glory casts its reflection upon us. So we turn from the shame of man to the glory of Christ. His glory is reflected in us and we become gradually more like Him or changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. What a wonderful God we have my dear brothers and sisters and if we see this we can rejoice in Him everyday!
II Corinthins 4 verse 1
Therefore seeing we have this ministry,
as we have received mercy, we faint not
Verse 1: The theme of this chapter is "We faint not". In other words the apostle Paul is saying here that he and his co workers do not lose heart! There were a lot of reasons for the apostle Paul and his co workers to discourage in the situations they had but the apostle of the Grace of God, the apostle of the Gentiles, of the world did not quit because he knew what he had in Christ: his possession in Him! Instead of complaining about what he did not have. What a great example for us my brothers and sisters to follow. Yes also in this we have to follow Paul as he followed our Lord Jesus Christ I Corinthians 4:15-16 and I Corinthians 11 verse 1. The apostle Paul rejoiced what he did had and you and I can do the same thing my dear brothers and sisters! Here in this verse therefore seeing we have this ministry. What kind of ministry the apostle Paul is talking about? The ministry of the Grace of God my dear brothers and sisters! Acts 20:24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God" This is the ministry my dear brothers and sisters in Christ! This ministry brings men life, salvation, righteousness, a ministry that is able to transform men's lives! This ministry is a gift and the apostle Paul received it from our Lord in heaven! Acts 9! Because of God's mercy it was given and not because of anything the apostle Paul and his fellow saints and we are or we have done. Read I Timothy 1:12-17.! We have just like the apostle Paul never give up to make known the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20;32, Romans 16:25-26. Even when we feel that our work in the Lord is in vain. We know from God's Word that : "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the Work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" I Corinthians 15:58. That's why we should not to be discouraged my dear brothers and sisters and that's why we faint not as the apostle Paul which is our example in this!
II Corinthians 4 verse 2
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking
in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but
by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's
conscience in the sight of God
Verse 2: There is a lesson here for us my dear brothers and sisters: satan hates God's Grace and does all in his power to oppose it. Whatever teh apostle Paul was determined to keep his ministry honoring to God. In this verse he begans first with a list of the negative side: hidden things, dishonesty, not walking craftiness, handling the Word of God deceitfully. This he didn't do it. In 2 Corinthians 2:17 we read already: 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" Now the second part the apostle Paul explained here in this verse he did: but by manifestation of the truth! In Acts 20: 20 and 27 we read the following versers: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from hous to house" For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God" The apostle Paul indeed preached the Word of God with a clear conscience. What we see in this world is the practice of doing hidden things, scandals who come out later, craftiness we see a lot also in the Christian world, in churches like not to discuss about certain Bible subjects and handling the Word of God deceitfully: a lot of the Scripture of God is been perverted or re-worded because of defending a religious doctrine. Let us not do this my dear brothers and sisters. The apostle Paul is our example in the manifestation of the truth and kept back nothing. Let us walk in his footsteps and not listen to the lie what satan everyday tell a lot of persons in this world to believe.
II Corinthians 4 verse 3
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost
Verse 3: Which Gospel the apostle Paul is talking about here: our gospel? Answer: the Gospel of the Grace of God which he and his co workers, fellow saints like Timothy, Titus proclaimed to this world. Indeed the Gospel or Good News from the cross is hid to them that are lost. Why? They cannot understand the Word of God. In Romans 8 verse 5 we read : For they that are after the flesh do mind the things fo the flesh; but they that are aftyer the Spirit the things of the Spirit. And in verse 7-9 of the same chapter we read: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His" Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: the lost people in this world do not have the Spirit of Christ because a person when he receives the Lord Jesus as his or her personal Savior is sealed with that Holy Spirit of God and Gods Spirit go together with Gods Word Romans 10 verse 17. The one who is not saved cannot understand Gods Word because it is hid for him or her. He or she is blind by satan and because of the sin nature. There is a veil and he or she cannot see it. They are dead in trespasses and sins.
II Corinthians 4 verse 4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them
which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ
Who is the image of God, should shine unto them
Verse 4: The god of this world is in the children of disobedience or unbelievers. With his spirit he blinded the minds of them! In Ephesians 2: 2 and 3 we read: "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others" Satan here in II Corinthians 4 verse 4 is the god of this world and in Ephesians 2 he is the prince of the power of the air. He is blinding people through their minds so that they will not listen to the glorious Gospel of Christ: that He died too for them and was buried and rose from the grave to give them too eternal life and rightousness in Christ! They don't see it because satan makes their minds blind so that they cannot see. In Psalm 14 verse 1 we read: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God" Despite the nature they see, the stars and planets and for example the birth of a child in their lives but deny that there is a God who made this all, that He is the Creator and that He made them too! For us as believers it is very important to tell them the truth and tell them the Gospel of the Grace of God. We are ambassadors for Christ. Read II Corinthians 5: 19-21. And by this I will say to all the unbelievers and maybe readers who read this website and this Word of God: Be ye reconciled to God. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" He gave His life for you, yes for you so that you can live forever in Him! Acts 16:31, I Corinthians 15:3-4. Receive Him as your personal Savior! Do it now before it is to late. Tomorrow can be to late my dear friend, reader!
II Corinthians 4 verse 5
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;
and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake
Verse 5: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul had received this ministry, this glorious ministry of the Grace of God from our Lord Jesus Christ directly from heaven and this kept him from being a quitter and a deceiver and it kept him also from being a self promoter. He says here we preach not ourselves. The apostle Paul sought only to lead people to Jesus Christ our Lord and to build them up in the faith. This was his purpose in his life after his conversion. The Judaizers in his time who opposed the Gospel of the Grace of God and rejected it were self promoters but the apostle Paul rejected this kind of ministry. Nowadays you see this self promoting a lot in this world, also in the so named Christian world. We, as ambassadors have to follow the apostle Paul in this. We serve the Lord Jesus Christ, nor ourselves and not others my dear brothers and sisters! What happens when we share Jesus Christ: His finished Work on the cross with lost sinners? The light begins to shine! In 2 Corinthians 5 verse 14 and 15 we read: "For the love of Christ constraineth us: because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again" This was the attitude of the apostle Paul and his co-saints like Timothy and Titus and others who stood for the Gospel of the Grace of God and never quit! Let us follow their example!
II Corinthians 4 : 6
For God , Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
Verse 6: What a wonderful and mighty vese this is from Gods Word my dear fellow saints in the Lord Jesus Christ! In the beginning God said let there be light: and there was light. This is here in this verse is spiritual light that shines in our hearts! He that created light is the God that speaks about spirtual light into the hearts of believers: in you and me also. Light that gives the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ! How wonderful this is! The knowledge of the glory of God is the deeper knowledge of the cross my dear brothers and sisters. What is accomplished by the cross through our Lord Jesus Christ. Read Colossians chapter 2 and you can read about this and the light from this shines in our hearts because Gods Spirit lives in us whereby we are sealed Ephesians 1:13-14 and Ephesians 4: 30 until the day of redemption. And than my dear brothers and sisters we will see our Lord in Glory in heaven litterally!
II Corinthians 4 verse 7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency
of the power may be of God, and not of us
Verse 7: The apostle Paul moved from the glory of the new creation to the humility of the clay vessel. We as believers in Christ are a jar of clay. It is a treasure in the vessel and this is a earthen vessel my dear brothers and sisters. And this my dear fellow saints gives the vessel its value! In Acts 9: 15 we read the following verse: "But the Lord said unto him (Ananias), Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and kings and the children of Israel" We as the apostle Paul are vessels my dear brothers and sisters. Yes we are vessels and the Lord can use us too for His purpose. We are earthen vessels so that we might depend on God's power and not our own. We have to focus on the treasure and not on the vessel. In II Timothy 2: 20 and 21 we read: "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work" From ourselves we are weak and God is glorified through weak vessles. We have to focus on our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Hope for all eternity from now on my dear brothers and sisters. The power is of God and not of us. We have no power from ourselves, God on the other hand have this power or dunamis! God permits trials and temptations and that for His own glory! We have to suffer if we stand for the truth my dear brothers and sisters. Romans 8 verse 18 tells us the following: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" And in II Timothy 2 verse 12 we read: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us" In Philippians 1:29 we read: "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake" Trough all the sufferings He works in us my dear brothers and sisters. If the whole world around us will not hear the Word of God and His Word of Grace we continue in Him and stay to preach and tell people about Gods Grace whatever it costs my dear brothers of sisters because in Him we are more than conquerors Romans 8:37! Read this last verse!
II Corinthians 4: 8
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed: we are perplexed, but not in despair
Verse 8: The apostle Paul and his fellow saints were earthen vessels and examples for us my dear brothers and sisters to follow because we seen here in this verse the following: Paul was often at the breaking point but through the power and the Grace of God, he came and his co workers, always through victoriously: First we see Troubled on every side, perplexed, persecuted and than the other side: yet not distressed. The noun distress refers to a state of severe anxiety or strain. This the apostle and his co workers were never. Perplexed but not in despair. What does the word despair mean? Answer: utter loss of hope or hopelessness. He, Paul had all his life hope, hope in Christ and not hope in the circumstances he was in. He trusted the Lord and his co workers did the same as he did. And so we have also to follow him in this as he followed Christ. He focused on the Lord and so we have to focus on our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 4:9
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
Verse 9: They, the apostle Paul and his fellow saints were persecuted but not forsaken by the Lord. God never forsook Paul and He never forsake us my dear brothers and sisters! That is for sure. God cannot lie so He never leave us! What a wonderful God we have my dear brothers and sisters! He, Paul and his co workers were cast down but never destroyed. He Paul stood for the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and by God's Grace he was still fighting the good fight of the faith. How many of us servants of God, have experienced all this which the apostle experienced in his life: the weakness of human nature and the love and power and Grace of God in preserving them for His service! The apostle Paul was never in despair because his hope was on Christ and he did know the outcome and leave it in the loving hands of Him. In Romans 8: 28 we read: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" What a example for us my dear brothers and sisters and we too can do this with the power of God which is also working in us!
II Corinthians 4:10
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body
Verse 10: The apostle Paul had little in this life he lived. He longed for the resurrection life of Christ in glory. How he longed to share the fellowship of our Lord's sufferings, that he might impart to them, now, while in the flesh, the life of Christ. Paul had a lot of persecutions: he troubled on every side, perplexed, persecuted, cast down, because of his faithfulness to them. The irresponsible Corinthian saints may live and reign. Despite the persecutions he trusted in God so that the life of Jesus Christ might be made manifest in his body and in the bodies of his co workers. God chooses the weak and commits His message of Grace Acts 20:24 to earthen vessels. He use men with little of none of this world's qualifications because He has the victory and not this world! In Galatians 6:17 the apostle Paul said: : From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks or brands of the Lord Jesus" The apostle Paul didn't give up in all the persecutions and so we have also to do my dear brothers and sisters. No compromise, no quit etc. We have to stand for the truth: the Gospel of our salvation, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26
II Corinthians 4:11
For we which live are alway delivered unto death
for Jesus sake, that the life also of Jesus might
be made manifest in our mortal flesh
Verse 11: For the Gospel of the Grace of God and the glory of the cross the apostle Paul was much persecuted. Still he trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ. He and his co workers endured a lot of persecutions in the time they lived. They suffered so much. We have already seen in Galatians 6:17 that the apostle beared in his body the marks of brands of the Lord Jesus. Yet the life of Jesus Christ was through God's Spirit was within him and his co workers and here that the life also of Jesus Christ might be made manifest in their mortal bodies. That everyone they met, should see the life of Christ in them. The victory is in Christ, not in us what we see here my dear brothers and sisters and this is how it worked in the lfie of the apostle Paul and his co workers and also this can work in us too!
II Corinthians 4:12
So then death worketh in us, but life in you
Verse 12: The apostle Paul is saying here that he died a thousand deaths that they might have life. He, Paul , had such a life for it. He had to suffer a lot so that this was for the benifit of the believers at Corinth. The power is of God and not of us. God will not allow men to boast in His presence. The victory is in Him. Romans 8:37 despite persecutions and sufferings. This is the lesson what we learn here and this also applies to us my dear brothers and sisters if we stand for the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing Romans 16:25-26, Acts 20;24, 32 and II Timothy 2:15.
II Corinthians 4:13
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it
is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken;
we also believe and therefore speak
Verse 13: The apostle Paul is not referring here in this verse to a special gift of faith but rather to that attitude of faith that ought to belong to every believer. The apostle Paul took Psalm 116 verse 10 for this: "I believed, therefore have i spoken: I was greatly afflicted. True faith in God and this faith comes from God's Word because in Romans 10:17 we read So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God". The apostle Paul was affirmed that his faith in Christ Jesus gave him the victory over all of all the afflictions and persecutions he endured. Such a trust in God we can a lot learn from it my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 4:14
Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus
shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present
us with you
Verse 14: This verse is about the resurrection my dear brothers and sisters! Jesus Christ has conquered death, the last enemy! The joyful message here is the victory of Christ over death. He is ressurected from the death and we have here the assurance that we shall be raised too and be reunited with other believers in His presence. The apostle Paul thought that this would come in his day but we see my dear brothers and sisters this Dispensation of Grace continue now about 2000 years. We live 2000 years later my dear brothers and sisters and this what the apostle Paul is speaking from didn't happen yet. It will come and God only knows it!
II Corinthians 4:15
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant
grace might through the thanksgiving of many
redound to the glory of God.
Verse 15: My brothers and sisters the word redound here means to return in abundant overflow. Like the incoming tide. So the abundant Grace of God to us should through thanksgiving of many return in a refreshing overflow to the glory of God! Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: we can learn from this verse that we have to be thankful for God's Grace and as everyone do this in his life everyday because this is to the glory of God.
II Corinthians 4:16
For which cause we faint not; but
though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day
Verse 16: The apostle Paul didn't stop to proclaim the Gospel of the Grace of God! He faint not: that was his testimony. The apostle Paul here in this verse is not suggesting that the outward man is not important: that our body is not important or that we should ignore its warnings ande needs. Our bodies are a temple of God's Holy Spirit. We have to care about our bodies daily. Our bodies however are deadly bodies. That means it's getting older and older and our bodies will die one day. It is important that our inward man will be renewed day by day. What does that mean? That the inward man is renewed daily if we keep on going with God's Word daily. We get more insight and light in His Word and as we make it our own than it will be part of our life with Christ. So we have the inward man and the outward man my dear brothers and sisters! We have to think for a moment here because the eyes of us do not actually see. It is us inside who sees through them. When somebody is dead his eyes are stil in perfect condition but they see nothing. The man himself which is the inner man has left the body en the eyes have been left behind as the lens of a camera. Our eyes and ears are but physical instruments to make possible our seeing and hearing. Conclusion: we as man are all perishing creatures! Despite all surgery or pills and medicines and all vitamins and natural foods, men still continue to die. We as believers in Christ have not to be afraid about this. We have a hope in heaven. Let us read Philippians 3:20-21: "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that if may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself"
II Corinthians 4:17 and 18
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
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 not seen are eternal
Verse 17 and 18 : The afflictions which the apostle Paul endured were light and was for a moment. This verse and verse 18 go together my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have here in this verse words who contrasts each other
1 Affliction versus Glory
2 Light affliction verse Weight of glory
3 A moment versus Eternal
4 But versus Far more exceeding
5 The things which are seen versus The things which are not seen
6 We look not versus We look
1 Affliction vs Glory. The apostle tells us in Romans 8 verse 18 the following verse: "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" My dear brothers and sisters we all shall be glorified. The afflictions we have to endure now are nothing to relative to the glory will shall have in heaven when we are there.
2 In this verse we as believers have to do with a weight of lgory which must indeed weigh heavily against the light affliction we bear now. What a future we have my dear brothers and sisters!! Glory to God!
3 Moment is the smallest period of time and this is not a minute but an instant. When we are eternal in glory we shall see the afflictions now as for a moment. Our times are in His hand and that we can read in Psalm 31 verse 14 and 15.
4 Afflictions are but for a moment and the glory which shall be glorified in us is far more exceeding. What wonderful this will be and glory to God my dear brothers and sisters!
5 We focus not on the things what we see now but we focus on the things which are not seen because that is eternal: the glories of heaven and thousand blessings await us there in heaven in Christ my dear brothers and sisters! What a wonderful God we have!
6 We look at the things which ae not seen and that is important my dear fellow saint! The things which are seen are temporary and will sson pass away. We read Colossians 3: 1-3: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" This is what we have to do everyday my dear brothers and sisters !
II Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 1
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house
not made with hands, eternal in the heavens
Verse 1: What a wonderful Word of God we have here in this first verse of this chapter! Here the apostle says: we have a building! In the last chapter we saw already that: We have this ministry, we have this treasure, we have the same spirit of faith and now here we have a building of God! This building of God is not the believers heavenly home which was promised in John 14 verses 1-4 where we read: "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers house ae many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" This our Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples when He was on earth under the former Dispensation! Here in this verse in II Corinthians the apostle Paul is speaking about a glorified body Philippians 3:20-21. This is our hope my dear brothers and sisters and what we just read in John 14 verse 1-4 is the hope of Israel! Don't mix this with this verse! Paul saw the human body as an earthen vessel and a temporary tent because Paul was a tentmaker and a tent is weak from itself. 2 Corinthians 4:7 read this! If our tent is taken down dissolved we need not to be afraid. When we physical die the body goes to the ground, to the grave but the spirit goes to be with Christ see Philippians 1: 20-25. When our Lord Jesus Christ returns for the Body of Christ, the Church, His own, He will raise the dead bodies in glory and body and spirit shall be joined together for a glorious eternity in heaven I Corinthians 15: 49-55 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18! Read those verses my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 5: 2
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with
our house which is from heaven
Verse 2: Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ! The apostle Paul was looking to the glorified body. He says our house which is from heaven. His desire was to be clothed with this house! In Romans 8: 22 and 23 we have the same words of the apostle Paul: "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now, And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body" Paul was not expressing a morbid desire for death. It was just the opposite: he was eager for Jesus Christ, our Lord to return so that he could be clothed: that he would receive the new glorious body at the Rapture. Paul didn't know that the Dispensation of the Grace of God would endure till now 2000 years later! This is the hope which the apostle Paul and his co saints were looking to: the redemption of this body and it is also our hope and this will take place when we are caught up in heaven at the Rapture my dear brothers and sisters. Read for yourself I Corinthians 15: 51-53 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18! This is also our desire my dear brothers ans sisters! Philippians 3:20-21!
II Corinthians 5:3
If so be that being clothed we shall not
be found naked
Verse 3: The desire of the apostle Paul: being clothed and not be found naked. What does that mean? Well to have a glorified body at the Rapture of the Body of Christ, the Church. To be caught up in heaven as Church as soon as possible. Naked means to be absent from the body. This body with sin nature cannot enter into heaven. So our body is dying and that is a fact. We live here on earth maybe 70 years and some of us longer or shorter but there is a end of life here on earth. If we die our body goes into the ground but we and that is our spirit and soul go to God if we are saved my dear brothers and sisters. The best is that we experience it while we live here on earth! I Thessalonians 4:13-18
II Corinthians 5:4
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would
be unclothed , but clothed upon , that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
Verse 4: Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: we are still in this tabernacle: in this dying body we are living. And we groan just as the apostle Paul says here. That's why the apostle Paul tells us that we have a hope and this hope can every moment happen: not be unclothed that our bodies lay down in the earth as we die but be clothed: that the redemption of our bodies will soon happen: that the Lord Jesus Christ may come quickly so that mortality might be swallowd up of life. Let us read Philippians 3:20-21: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall cange our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself. One day, one moment this will be reality my dear brother and sister! Glory to God what a moment this will be my brothers and sisters: caught up in heaven and to be always with the Lord . Let us therefore comfort one another with these words! Read I Thessalonians 4: 13-18!!!
II Corinthians 5:5
Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God,
Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit
Verse 5: The word wrought here my dear brothers and sisters means the sens of working out like what Philippians 2:12 says: work out your own salvation. It has the idea of bringing about, developing or preparing. God has not wrought us for the temporal secondary blessing. No He had wrought us for this self same thing: to be glorified with Christ and with a body which is fashioned like unto His glorious body Philippians 3:21. Till that moment that we get a new body, a glorious body God had given us His Spirit Who lives in us. Yes my brothers and sisters He lives in us! He lives in us with His Spirit till the day of redemption! To assure us that He has wrought us for this very thing: the eternal glory to come He had given us the earnest of the Spirit! Ephesians 1:13-14 and Ephesians 4: 30: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption"
II Corinthians 5:6 and 7
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are
at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. For we walk
by faith, not by sight.
Verse 6 and 7 In view of the coming glory the apostle declares this that we are always confident because of this fact because none of them Paul or the other saints are in the grave, in hell or in any intermediate place between earth and heaven. We too as member of the Body of Christ my dear brothers and sisters are confident just like Paul and his fellow saints. We too have the same hope as he had when he was on earth and all the others with him. We are at home in the body. We are absent from the Lord and our brothers and sisters who sleep in Christ are in heaven and are present with the Lord. Paul had this confidence and he was not afraid of sufferings and trials or dangers. The apostle Paul walked by faith and not by sight! He looked to the eternal unseen and not to the temporal. Read again for yourselves my brothers and sisters II Corinthians 4:18! We too can walk by faith and not by sight, what we see my dear brothers and sisters! Let us learn that what the apostle Paul learned in his life when he was on earth: he was never afraid and was only looking to our Lord Jesus Christ. That was his hope and it is our hope too.
II Corinthians 5: 8
We are confident, I say and willing rather to be
absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord
Verse 8: Here again the apostle Paul says we are confident. The life of the apostle Paul was a very difficult life with a lot of persecutions, trials and his desire was to be absent from his body and to be present with the Lord. That was the best place to be he says here. Willing here in this verse comes from the Greek word eudokeo, to be well pleased, to heartily prefer. This is true and it must be also in our thinkings everyday that we have a desire to be present with the Lord. We have a temporary body wherein we live and nobody of us how long we will live in this body. In Philippians 1: 23 and 24 we read: "For I am in a strait betwixt two, havein a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you" This is also something to think about it my dear brothers and sisters. We live now in this body, in this flesh and as believers we are needful for other people. We can with God's help reach other people with this wonderful Gospel of the Grace of God: "Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commanment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith" Romans 16:25-26 and our task here is to tell this to people in this broken world and also that we tell people that they will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior Acts 16:31! And we are His ambassadors: "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" And this also applies to you my dear reader if you never received the Lord Jesus Christ as you personal Savior do it now, you can't save yourself! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!
II Corinthians 5:9
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may
be accepted of Him.
Verse 9 This is a conclusion this verse my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are accepted in Jesus Christ. And now our daily walk in Him: we are now absent from the Lord and living here on earth and still we are accepted in the Beloved. The reason that the apostle Paul says here that we should strive to be accepted of Him whether presen or absent we will find in the next verse. The labour is the labour in our Lord Jesus Christ: This is to make known the manifold wisdom of God and we read Ephesians 3: 10 and 11: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" What is this? The Grace and Love of God in Christ Jesus make known to this world who do not know this! And to proclaim just as the apostle Paul the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and Acts 20:32.
II Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad
Verse 10: My brothers and sisters: we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. When we are all in heaven with the Rapture of the Church this will taken place! In Romans 14 vers 10 we read; But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thous set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. In I Corinthians 3 verses 11 till verse 16 we can also read and study about this. The fire shall every man's work of what sort it is. This will take place there before the judgment seat of Christ. It is the Bema. And we are to stand there before Him. We shall receive rewards or lose rewards my dear brother and sister just as in the sport. What we have to do is to run so fast that we get this price like the apostle Paul did whole his life with the good material: the Gospel of the Grace of God and tell others about this wonderful Gospel which have saved us. To stand for this wonderful Gospel and proclaim it this is that we get rewards for it when we stand before the Bema.
II Corinthians 5:11
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men:
but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also
are made manifest in your consciences
Verse 11: God judge us as the Body of Christ at the Bema in the future with the Rapture of the Church. What will happen to the lost people who didn't receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior? According to the Bible in the Book of Revelation they will be judged because God is a righteous God. What does the word terror mean? It doesn't mean here fright, dread or horror. We gonna to see our Savior Jesus Christ and He loves us. Because of judgment and we know this very well we have to tell people about His loving Grace to them too and that He can save them too as He saved us. We are made manifest unto God! We are appear for Him, God. And the apostle desire was too that he and his co workers were made manifest in their consciences.
II Corinthians 5:12
For we commend not ourselves again to you, but give you
occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have
somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance,
and not in heart
Verse 12: This verse is a lesson for us my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have to take care not to depend on the praise of men. We have not to glory men. This is what Paul tried to say to the Corinthian saints and also to us indirect. This verse corresponds with 2 Corinthians 3 verse 1. Read this verse: the letters of commendation that the Judaizers in his time so highly prized. If we live only for the praise of men than we will not win the praise of God at the Bema or Judgment seat of Christ. The Corinthian saints had to commended Paul as apostle but instead of this they were promoting the Jews who gloried in appearance but were not spiritual in heart. We read 2 Corinthians 11:18: Seeing that mny glory after the flesh, I will glory also. The apostle Paul gloried only in our Lord Jesus Christ my dear brothers and sisters. In II Corinthians 10 verse 17 he says: "But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" Nowadays we see the same things happen: men have not changed because they are sinners: they boast in themselves. Not only unbelievers, also some believers are proud of themselves and boast in themselves. To them I would say God is not pleased with such a attitude! Let God's Word of Grace change you. Ephesians 2:8-10!
II Corinthians 5 verse 13
For whether we be beside ourselves,
it is to God: or whether we be sober,
is is for your cause
Verse 13: Beside ourselves! What does this mean what the apostle Paul says here in this verse? The enemies of God told the apostle Paul that he was crazy or mad, that he was beside himself and the others who were with him too. The apostle Paul was before he knew the Lord Jesus Christ mad because he was a murderer and he persecuted the church at Jerusalem. For this you can read Acts 26 verse 11 my dear brothers and sisters. Now that he was in Christ the enemies of God told others and say also to Paul that he was mad. A example of this we find in Acts 26 verse 24: "And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad" The answer of the apostle Paul to Festus was this: "But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness verse 25. What the apostle Paul is saying in this verse because a lot of people said that he was mad: If I am mad it is for your good and the glory of God. This makes it very valuable! What does the word sober means? He, Paul and his co workers were very serious men and this is also if you proclaim or make known the Gospel of Gods Grace to a lost world Acts 20:24, 32. Ephesians 3:1-3, Romans 16:25-26. Speaking the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God is very serious my brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 5 verse 14
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we
thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead
Verse 14: The Love of Christ. In the Old Testament we can read about the prophecies about this love of Christ and types that foreshadow it. If you read about the fact that He was born a babe in a manger that He might be one of us. His whole life on earth like a servant to His Father. His mercy and love He had for all the people. His praying for those who crucified Him on the cross. The love of Christ we can read three times in the whole Bible and only in the epistles of the apostle Paul:
First in Romans 8: 35 we read:"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? This is the life of the believer under God's Grace Romans 6:14!
Second: in Ephesians 3:19 where we read: "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God"
Third: here in II Corinthians 5:14: The love of Christ constraineth us
What does this love of Christ means here in this verse? The word here comes from the Greek word sunecho and this is a strong word. The apostle Paul was constrained by the Love of Christ that swept him along as an ocean tide. The love of Christ to him. God had saved Paul His chief enemy on earth and made him a living demonstration of the riches of His Grace! By saving him on the way to Damascus Acts 9, 22 and 26. Paul was persecutor and a murderer and yet God in His love saved this bitterest enemy by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone. And brothers and sisters we are also saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone just as the apostle Paul. This love of Christ to Paul and to us move us to tell other people about that wonderful Grace of God in Christ. Jesus Christ died our death on that cross on Calvary because we were dead in our trespasses and sins Ephesians 2:1-3. He died for us on that cross on Calvary when we were sinners, enemies of God. Romans 5:8. Yes for us He did this. He came to this world to save you and me my dear brother and sister! What a loving God we have!
II Corinthians 5: 15
And that He died for all, that they which live should
not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him
which died for them, and rose again
Verse 15: Immediately Galatians 2:20 comes into my mind if I read this verse. Galatians 2:20 says us:"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. Yes my dear brothers and sisters: He, Christ died for you and me so that we may live and henceforth not live for ourselves anymore but unto Him which died for us and rose again. We are in Him, in Christ my dear brothers and sisters! We are not from ourselves anymore. Christ is living in you and me. He is Lord in our lives! Nothing can change that anymore. That's why He died for sinners like you and me and rose again to give us life. We have eternal life in Him. What a wonderful good News my dear brother and sister!
II Corinthians 5:16
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh; yea, though
we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we
Him no more
Verse 16: My dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: what does this mean here: wherefore henceforth know we no man fater the flesh? We come here upon Dispensational truth proper. A change have taken place. From now on. We are not longer vieuw men as Jews or Gentiles. Believers as you and me are now one in Christ, all in one Body, the Body of Christ. We read in Galatians 3:28: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" There is also no difference in black or coloured men, women and white men and women. We are all one in Christ my dear brothers and sisters. Only unbelievers have no part in the Body of Christ. We now know not Christ after the flesh. Some of persons who the apostle Paul wrote here in this verse to knew Christ when He was on earth. He is not anymore on earth: on earth He walked according the flesh with no place to lay His head and surrounded by trouble, sin and sorrow. After His ascension to heaven He sits on the right hand of the Father in Heavenly places. Read Ephesians 1:20 and 21.! In Colossians 2:10 we read that He is the Head of all principality and power. He is Head over all things to the Church Ephesians 1;22 and He is Far above all heavens Ephesians 4:10. He is not more on this earth my dear brothers and sisters. This was in the former Dispensation. So in the Four Gospels you can read and study about Christ His earthly ministry. Now He is far above all heavens and is on the right Hand of the Father! He is alive! What a beautiful verse my dear brothers and sisters and this verse makes us to think about it!
II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are
Verse 17: This verse doesn't say that we as believers are a new creature. The old dispensation with the Law and rites and commands has given place to the dispensation ot the Grace of God Ephesians 3: 1-3. In this Dispensation of Grace all believers are now seen in Christ and all one body in Christ. So the old things here in this verse is the law with all the commandments which disappeared, was nailed to the cross. Christ is the end of the law Romans 10: 4. In the Church, the Body of Christ there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, neither bond or free, neither male or female for we are all one in Christ Jesus Galatians 3:28. Read this verse!
II Corinthians 5:18
And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation
Verse 18: All things are of God. What wonderful. He made everything: all the heavens, earth. He made it. He made also you and me, every human being is made by Him! All things here however is the new program of God. He has reconciled us to Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. How wonderful and we have to be thankful for this fact: He has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ!!!! We were enemies of HIm, so the reconciling love of God is entirely His. It was we who needed to be reconciled to God, not God to us. What does the word reconcile mean? Reconcile comes from the word reconciliation which means to restore to friendship and fellowship. Brothers and sisters this is the theme of God's message to man. Mankind because of sin and rebellion against God has been cut off from any relationship with God. What is God's answer: He gave Himself for mankind through the Lord Jesus Christ. His death which was for the complete payment of our sins is the basis for our reconciliation back to God. We read in Romans 5:10: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be save by His life" Now we are saved for eternity my brothers and sisters and what has God given us to us: the ministry of reconciliation. We can tell other people who are not saved for eternity the love and Grace of God. How wonderful! And the apostle Paul was the first man who proclaimed this!
II Corinthians 5:19
To whit , that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation
Verse 19: My brothers and sisters this last verses here in this chapter are about God and how He reconciled the world unto Himself. What it does say here is namely that God was in Christ. Yes He was in Christ His only begotten Son! He came into this world to save sinners. That was His purpose! And this is the Gospel, the Good News my dear brothers and sisters! That in I Timothy 1:15: "This is a faithful saying, and wothty of all acceptation, taht Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief" This is really Good News: God was in Christ to reconciling the world unto Himself. What does this say. He made/makes peace with this world through His Son Jesus Christ because He died for this world, for the sin of this world! This all was on Calvary of course! He died for the world of people. He died for mankind. Yes He died for you and me! He died not His own death because He was without sin. He righteous for the unrighteous men. When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son Romans 5: 10. This is really a glorious message to proclaim my dear brothers and sisters and I ask you personally to do this with me to proclaim this wonderful glorious message of the cross because this is the center of the Bible! Gods Word. For the person who reads this and is not saved yet: GOD LOVES YOU AND CHRIST DIED
FOR YOU IN YOUR PLACE! Please believe this and be saved! God didn't impute our trespasses unto us, they were all imputed in Christ,Who in His Grace and Mercy: put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself so that there need be no more fear for everyone who believes to stand before the Great White Throne. We as ambassadors my dear brothers and sisters can say to every lost person the following that God is not against him or her because He gave His Son that He might have him or her with Him in heaven's glory!
II Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech
you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God
Verse 20: My brothers and sisters: we are ambassadors! We are called to the ambassadorship! This is really a calling! Are we than like ambassadors living in a embassy because a ambassador in this world lives in a embassy. He or she as ambassador have a luxurious living quarter. He or she has secretaries and a lot of other luxurious things. Private conferences with great statesmen of other countries. But we not my dear brothers and sisters we are ambassadors and a lot of the ambassadors of Christ have to endure a lot of persecution and live in poverty. A ambassodor for Christ like Paul in his days on earth was to look for suffering, imprisonment and even death. Paul our apostle suffered a lot of trouble as an evildoer, even unto bonds and was finally beheaded by the wicked Nero. We all as believers are with the apostle Paul ambassadors for Christ and we have also to suffer spiritual and some of us spiritual and physically too! We have to say to the unbelievers around us: Be ye reconciled to God. God had made peace with you who are a enemy of Him. He however loves you and Christ died in your place on the cross and stood up from the grave and is alive and sits in heaven on the right hand of the Father. This is what we have to tell unbelievers: Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved forever Acts 16:31! We are as ambassadors here on earth to present Him, Christ! We have to tell other people in this world full of sin, the Good News of the cross of Calvary which is the centre of the Bible! It is not always easy for us but we have to know that we are more than conquerors are in Christ Romand 8:37 tells us: "Nay , in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" Our battle is not against flesh and blood, not against men but against satan and his hosts
II Corinthians 5:21
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him
Verse 21 God made Christ, Who knew no sin because He was sinless because He was God Himself to be sin for us. What does that mean my dear brother and sister? At Calvary as our blessed Representative He became the very embodiment of sin. He suffered and died there to pay the full penalty for us. He paid with His own blood for us, in our place on Calvary. Through His blood we have forgiveness for all eternity. Do you understand this my brothers and sisters? Through His blood we have the forgiveness of all our sins and through this we are made righteousness before God in Him. God sees us now in Christ righteouss and that is without guilt. This is real mercy and Grace of God. He has done this for you and me my brothers and sisters! How loving is His heart! How infinite His Grace my dear brother and sister! This we have to tell others that God loves them and wants them to be saved forever in our Lord Jesus Christ. These verses 19, 20 and 21 is our commission and this commission is much greater than the so called Great Commission which the Christian world understands from it.
II Corinthians 6 verse 1
We then, as workers together with Him,
beseech you also that ye receive not
the Grace of God in vain
Verse 1: The theme of this verse is receive not the Grace of God in vain. Paul proclaimed the Gospel of the Grace of God and some of the people of Corinth had heard the Gospel of God's Grace and how to be saved but were still yet not saved. They received the Word of God's Grace in vain. They were not believers at that moment when Paul wrote these words to them. We have to see this also in the context of this chapter because in verse 2 the apostle begin to explain that under God's Grace (today) the day of salvation is now!!! God is working through His Spirit in us as ambassadors for Him that explains as workers together with Him.
II Corinthians 6: 2
For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day
of salvation have I succoured thee; behold, now is the accepted
time; behold, now is the day of salvation
Verse 2: My brothers and sisters: Now is the accepted time, now is the time of salvation under this Dispensation of Grace whereunder we live! We have to tell unbelievers that they receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior and they are saved forever. There is no guarantee that nay sinner will have the oppertunity to be saved tomorrow. Tomorrow can be to late. Today is the day of salvation in Jesus Christ. This I say also to the unbelievers today: You can be saved forever if you accept Christ as your personal Savior. Believe on Him and thou shalt be saved forever! Acts 16:31
II Corinthians 6: 3
Giving no offence in any thing,
that the ministry be not blamed
Verse 3 The apostle Paul and his co workers were very careful not to do anything that would be a stumblingblock in the way of either sinners or saints. He didn't want that the ministry he had for God would be blamed by any men. In other words that men could not blame him and his co workers for who they were and how they behave themselves. This has to do with attitude and we as believers in Christ has to learn how to have a good attitude towards believers and unbelievers to which we preach the Gospel of the Grace of God. To Timothy the apostle Paul wrote in I Timothy 4:12 the following words: "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" This is really something to think about it my dear brothers and sisters. It is our attitude what people see in general. The attitude is very important for men to look at. After this verse we read what the apostle means with these words here. He gives us a explanation what happened upon him and his co workers and how they behave themselves under the persecutions. We can learn a lot of it my dear brothers and sisters. We have to follow the apostle Paul in this too my dear brothers ans sisters if we stand for the truth and make known the wonderful Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24!
II Corinthians 6:4
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience
in afflictions, in neccesities, in distresses
Verse 4: The apostle Paul and his co workers like Timothy and Titus, Epaphras, Silas were ministers of God and as the ministers of God they were patience in afflictions, in neccesities and in distresses. They endured it. They could bear it because of their attitude and the daily walk with Christ. In 2 Corinthians 11:23 the apostle Paul speaks here: " Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft" In much patience: if you proclaim or make known the Gospel of the Grace of God the lesson you have to learn as a believer in Christ is this: much patience! Paul learned this lesson and we have to learn it also. In afflictions: Paul remind the Corinthian saints here the afflictions he had endured in the founding of their own church. We can read this in Acts 18:6-13. In neccesities: The apostle knew what it was to need things ever so badly. In distresses: to feel pressure from every side. He Paul experienced this a lot more than we ever experience in our lives. Example the uproar in Ephesus Acts 19:23-41. Really the apostle Paul is a example for us to follow and to learn from his life and how he behave himself in such circumstances: in much patience!
II Corinthians 6:5
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours,
in watchings, in fastings
Verse 5: The apostle Paul endured a lot of stripes. We read in II Corinthians 11: 24 the following: "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. In verse 23 of II Corinthians 11 we read already that he was in prisons more frequent! In tumults: what does that mean? The apostle Paul had a lot of experience with tumults. These are uproars, riot. In II Corinthians 1:8 we read again: "For we would not, brethren, have you ignoratn 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. Read Acts 19:27-34! In labours: He Paul worked very hard in his life. In Acts 18 verse 3 we read: "And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers" In I Corinthians 4: 11 and 12 the apostle Paul says: Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it" The next is in watchings: The apostle Paul had a lot of persecution and he faced so much opposition. Often he had to remain awake and watchful to protect himself and also the ones who were with him. A lot of people and specially the Jews wanted his death. In fastings: in the Bible it means abstinence of food and even to lack of food. The apostle Paul fasted a lot of times! And yet the Lord was with him. He Paul endured a lot of unpleasant things who are named here in this verse and in chapter 11 of this epistle! He Paul was the first man in the Body of Christ and suffered for the Gospel of the Grace of God more than anyone of us has suffered for this Gospel of Grace if we stand for it. And yet it was the kindness and love of Christ who worked with a lot of power through him to others.
II Corinthians 6:6
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering,
by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned
Verse 6: How did the apostle Paul cope with his adversities and persecutions? By pureness we read here. This is purity morally and physically. By knowledge: He proclaimed the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing the Word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 and Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26. By longsuffering: patiently enduring lasting offense or hardship. This he Paul did this in practice. By kindness: this has to do with a gentle temper, by the Holy Ghost: the Holy Spirit helps us in time of need and with everything. By love unfeigned: this is sincere love my dear brothers and sisters, not superficial or lack of love covered. This is naturaly love towards people. In Romans 12 verse 9 and 10 we read: "Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another"
This all did Paul in the very difficult life he had on earth and through the Holy Spirit Who was in Him. We too can learn a lot of how the apostle Paul cope with his adversities and persecutions. He is our example to follow also in this. It is a matter of attitude and willingness of us to let us lead everyday through the Holy Spirit which also worked in the apostle Paul.
II Corinthians 6:7
By the Word of Truth, by the power of God, by the armour
of righteousness on the right hand and on the left
Verse 7: By the Word of Truth! The Word of Truth is the Gospel of God's Grace. The Gospel of Gods Grace gives us power and that gave the apostle Paul and his co workers power to overcome all the persecutions and disappointments. In Colossians 1:5 and 6 we read the following: "For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven whereof ye heard before in the Word of the Truth of the Gospel. Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the Grace of God in truth" Through the Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24 the apostle knew that he was in Christ and more than conquerors! Romans 8:37 tell's us "Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him That loved us". This is real power my dear brothers and sisters: more than conquerors through Christ Who loved us and gave Himself for us on the cross! This is the power of God! We too as members of the Body of Christ, the Church, have this power of God if we let the Spirit of God do the working in us! This is be filled with the Spirit of God! Ephesians 5:18 tells us: "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit". Now the armour of righteousness: What is this the apostle is speaking here in this verse? In Ephesians 6: 14 we read: "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness" On the right and on the left hand. We just as Paul our apostle are righteous in God through Christ, without quilt. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against satan and his hosts. With this armour the apostle Paul could protect himself from satanic attacks and we too my brothers and sisters if we will see this and believe this. We have to trust God instead of ourselves. The Greek soldier carried a sword or spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. So he was well armoured. And so also we because our war is spiritual!
II Corinthians 6:8
By honour and dishonour, by evil report
and good report; as deceivers and yet true
Verse 8: By honor or dishonor. Was he , Paul honored or God was honored through the Gospel of the Grace of God he proclaimed or dishonored or despised he Paul sought to use both for the glory of God. By evil report or good report: falsely accused or justly dealt with. It was very important the Christ was honored. The praise was and is to God. Not to Paul and his co workers. And so it is with us too if we make known the wonderful Gospel of the Grace of God to this world! Here the word as deceivers. Paul and his co workers were not deceivers: they were true in the Lord and they knew this very well. That's why they endured so much afflictions. He, Paul coped with these afflicions. With other words he could handle it and brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ we can handle this too!!!
II Corinthians 6:9
As unknown and yet well known; as dying, and behold,
we live; as chastened, and not killed
Verse 9: The apostle Paul was not a man like the do it big men of our day. He didn't seek fame or glory or power or a luxurious living. In this he was unknown. Not so much people knew him because he was not at the forefront. It was what he said that made him very known. People were talking about this at a far distance and nearby The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery Romans 16:25. Most people in Christianity doesn't know that the apostle Paul was preaching this. The preaching according to the revelation of the mystery is in most local churches not preached. Paul is avoided and I mean that the preaching of the Gospel of the Grace of God is avoided today! Dying and behold we live. In II Corinthians 4 verse 11 we read: For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life also of Jeus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh" Sometimes it looked that the apostle Paul was dead but still he was alive! The apostle Paul through the persecutions he suffered so much: chastened and not killed. It was for him to train him for even more fruitful service. God was with him and he knew that very well in his life. Oh we can learn so much of this apostle my dear brothers and sisters. This is really something to think about!
II Corinthians 6:10
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor,
yet making many rich; as having nothing, and
yet possessing all things.
Verse 10: During his life on earth the apostle Paul went through deep sorrow while at the same time he experienced and undercurrent of profound joy. He always rejoiced in the Lord. In Philippians 4 verse 4 we read: "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice" The apostle Paul rejoiced always in Him, Christ because of God's saving Grace through Christ and for the eternal life. We too my brothers and sisters have to rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ. If we look to this world and through all the disappointments we have than we become sorrowful. In Him, Christ we can rejoice and this we have to do!!! As poor: the apostle Paul was poor, he was no rich man with welfare but in Christ he was so rich and we are so rich in Christ too my brothers and sisters. It doesn. t matter if we have not so much money, we are rich in Christ. There lays the richdom of God. Christ is our hope of Glory Read Colossians 1:27. In Christ we are rich my brothers and sisters. In Him we possess all things! In Ephesians 1:3 we read: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" In I Corinthians 3 verses 21 -23 we read: "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death. or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's"
II Corinthians 6 verse 11
Oh ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you
our heart is enlarged
Verse 11: We see here the love of Christ through the apostle Paul and his co workers/brothers in the faith to the Corinthian believers he wrote this epistle to! Paul still loved the believers at Corinth very much. He spoke honestly and lovingly to them and also in the past! He felt himself as a father whose children were disobeing him of the love that he deserved! We read in I Corinthians 4 verse 15 the following: "For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. Werefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me" Why were these Corinthian saints not listening and withholding their love to him Paul? Because they had divided hearts. False teachers had stolen their hearts and that's they were cool toward the apostle Paul. Nowadays Anno end 2019 we have a lot of people who are the same like the Corinthians! A lot of divisions between people and a lot of false doctrines who withhold people to believe the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God and that is very sad my brothers and sisters. The Gospel of the Grace of God brings joy and peace into your hearts and protect you from false doctrines! We read again Colossians 1: 5 and 6: "For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye head before in the Word of the truth of the Gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in allo the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the Grace of God in truth" And read for yourselves Romans 16:25-26! It is for the obedience of faith. Read and study the epistles of the apostle Paul and make it your own. The Gospel of the Grace of God which he preached/proclaimed is the truth my dear brothers and sisters! We see here in this verse is mouth was open for them and his heart also was enlarged for them, his brothers and sisters in the faith in Corinth. The Corinthian saints were compromising with this world and we see this same today anno end 2019! A call to you all: do not the same what the Corinthian believers did who were compromising with this world but learn the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and rightly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15 and stand for it just as the apostle Paul who kept the faith till the end of his life!
II Corinthians 6 verse 12
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are
straitened in your own bowels
Verse 12: The apostle Paul was not anxious or angry in a tense and overly controlled way because of the brothers and sisters in Corinth. He loved them freely and heartily. He had the love of God for them and he was very patient with them. They were fleshly and not adults in their walk with God. They were up tight in their own inner feelings. And this is with so many people my dear brothers and sisters who are not living close to the Lord today. A question fot you: are you living close to the Lord today? Are you like the Corinthian saints? They were worldliness and sin and their guilt consciousness has them up tight. There was not a good balance in their life. How is it in your life my dear brother and sister? Are you worldly and religious or are you seeking the Lord's will in His Word I Timothy 2:3-4 and let Him rule your heart? Are you study God's Word, the epistles of the apostle Paul which is our spiritual food for today? Romans 16:25-26! For the obedience of faith!!!
II Corinthians 6 verse 13
Now for a recompence in the same (I
speak as unto my children,)
be ye also enlarged
Verse 13: The apostle Paul had a large palce in his heart for the Corinthian saints and especially in the circumstances he was he told them. His heart was enlarged to them and now he asked them, the Corinthian saints to enlarge their hearts towards him and his co workers. The love of him towards them was great but from them to him was not big. In II Corinthians 12: 15 we read the following: "I will very gladly speand and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you the les I be loved. The professing church today is more like the Corinthian church of Paul's day than was any other assembly of believers to whom Paul wrote. The practice what happened there happens also now today my brothers and sisters. They were carnal and worldly and we see it the same today. They did not act as believers and we see it today also. It is really a pity and it is real sadness. People are not willing to read and study God's Word and handle according God's Word of Grace today. The professing church is become so worldly and the world is so religious so that unbelievers cannot see the difference between them and believers in Christ. A warning to you all my brothers and sisters: be different than than most people religious people in this world and do not like the Corinthian saints but study and read the epistles of the apostle Paul Romans until Philemon!!!
II Corinthians 6 verse 14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what communion hath light with darkness?
Verse 14: My brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ the Corinthian believers were not a good example we know. Some of the Corinthian believers were yoked together with unbelievers. An unequal yoke is anything that unites a believer in God with a unbeliever in a common purpose. This will not say that in work we cannot work with them. If you work in a hospital like me you have to work with unbelievers, these are your collegues and the purpose is to take care about patients, to help them. Here is nothing wrong with. What it means here in this verse is to have a relation with a unbeliever. You cannot have spiritual fellowship with such a person. It is in marriage, business or in social life. God desires for us that we share as believers with each other His Grace and the Gospel of Gods Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26. We cannot walk with the world because then there will be disharmony. The world is in darkness and we are in the light!
II Corinthians 6 verse 15
And what concord hath Christ
with Belial/ or what part hath he
believeth with an infidel
Verse 15: Who is Belial? Belial stands for the devil himself. Christ has nothing with the devil or satan. In fact Christ had conquered and triumphed over the devil and his hosts. Colossians 2: 15: And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, trimphing over them in it" What part have someone like you and me who are believers in Christ with unbelievers? Nothing is the answer. We have to separate ourselves from them that means not to do what they do like social drinking or cursing or other evil things. I told you alreay my dear brothers and sisters that daily I work in my work with unbelievers and sometimes this is difficult I tell you. So in private life it is not good to have a relationship with a unbeliever because that will influence you in your life my dear brother and sister!
II Corinthians 6 verse 16
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath
said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people
Verse 16: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: we are the temple of the living God! God lives in us through His Spirit, His Holy Spirit. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. God is living in us! Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 1:13-14. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit! We have nothing as the temple of God with idols. What are idols? This is an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. God dwells in us my dear brothers and sisters. Think about that. We are separated from this wold and from idols. In the foreign Dispensation God was dealing with Israel and they worshipped Idols, gods in their own land what they occupied! Their sin was that they didn't obeyed God of killing all the people who were not Jewish in the country. Instead of this they left the Lord and worshipped the gods of the gentiles in their country who still lived there. In Ezekiel 36 verse 27 this verse is from and this will be in the future of Israel when God will restore them. Now we have the Body of Christ, the heavenly Church and we are now the individual people God dwells in us through His Spirit. Israel was a bad example to worship idols. Let us not do the same what they did. Let us worship God through obeying His Word of Grace . In Romans 12: 2 we read: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God"
II Corinthians 6 verse 17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you
Verse 17: This verse is taken from Isaiah 52 verse 11 and Ezekiel 20:34 and 41. Let us see what those verses say: "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord" This sayeth the Lord to Israel. God commands His people to come out in the past: be ye separate! Separation is not just a negative act of departure; it is also a positive act of dedication to God. We as believers in Christ have to separate ourselves from sin and do the will of God: touch not the unclean thing. This is a warning for us against defilement my dear brothers and sisters! With other words we have not to associate with that which will compromise our testimony or lead us into disobedience. How about you my dear brother and sister? We as believers are in this world and we have to be careful not to become like the world. On the other hand we have not to isolate ourselves from people who need our ministry the most. We have to take care about people in this world but we have not to follow them in their sin.
II Corinthians 6 verse 18
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons
and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty
Verse 18: If Israel obeyed the Lord they would be the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. Obeying: abstain from sin! Not to be involved in the sin of the world wherein they lived. Not to bow down and worship idols and gods of gentile people. It was conditional. We as members of the Body of Christ are unconditional saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone. We are in position sons and daughters my dear brothers and sisters. We sin too just like Israel and still our sins are forgiven Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14! It gives us not the license to sin. God asks us too not to sin! For our sins is paid by the blood of Christ! He has paid for us on that cross on Calvary! We thank the Lord for the forgiveness of sins! Let the sin not rule in our lived my dear brothers and sisters but abstain from it and to be led by God's Spirit Galatians 5: 22-26. Read these verses!
II Corinthians 7 verse 1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God
Verse 1: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: we have the above promises. We are the sons and daughters of God unconditional in position. This is really something to think about. Now the practice: let us cleanse ourselve from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. This is what we have to do everyday my dear brothers and sisters! What does this mean to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit? The word flesh doesn't refer to the body but to our nature which we have received from fallen Adam. Thus we have to cleanse ourselves from that old Adamic nature in our daily life. This is a process for all our days when we live here on earth in Christ. If we sin we have not to forget that the spirit is defiled along with the flesh. The heart and mind with their desires and thoughts and motives are the cause of outward defilement. The more we do the will of God and let us lead by His Spirit through His Word the more we will not sin! Yes let this be our desire my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 7 verse 2
Receive us; we have wronged no man,
we have corrupted not man,
we have defrauded no man
Verse 2: The Corinthian believers found it hard to receive the apostle Paul and his co workers. They actualy found fault with Paul as though he had wronged them. He never with his co workers wronged anybody! Paul and his fellowsaints never corrupted man or defrauded man. The Corinthian saints let the apostle labor for them in the face of big dangers without contributing even one small coin toward his needs. In II Corinthians 12 verse 17-19 we read: "Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? Walked we not in the same spirit? Walked we not in the same steps? Again thinks ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? We speak before God in Christ; but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying" You see my brothers and sisters it was always for the good, for the edifying of others Paul was busy. Not for himself! In this he is really a example for us to follow and not to criticise him.
II Corinthians 7:3
I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before,
that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you
Verse 3: You see brothers and sisters how difficult it was for the apostle Paul to encourage the church at Corinth. The church at Corinth had received Titus and now they should receive Paul. The false teachers had told not to trust Paul and had accused him. What could Paul do to convince them . He was willing to die for them if this was neccessary. They were in his heart. We have seen this in Chapter 6 verses 11-13. They were not spiritual busy but carnal. They listened to false teachings who said not to trust the apostle Paul and the Gospel of the Grace of God which is able to build them up. And so my brothers and sisters it is now worldwide: in most places, Biblestudygroups, churches the Gospel of the Grace of God is denied. Instead of preaching Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began they preach only the four gospels and the prophets as if we still live in the time when Jesus Christ was on earht in His ministry among Israel. A warning to you my brothers and sisters: do not the same as the majority do in Christianity but be as the people at Berea and search the Scriptures Read Acts 17: 11 and 12!
II Corinthians 7:4
Great is my boldness of speech toward you,
great is my glorying of you: I am filled with
comfort, i am exceeding joyful in all our
verse 4: The apostle Paul was very outspoken to them. He was filled with comfort and exceeding joyful. In the midst of all tribulation he experienced this comfort and joy. Very positive about the Corinthian saints. In spite of all the problems which the apsotle Paul had he encourage the church because the visit of Titus was successful. There was a opportunity that the fellowship with them could be restored. What good to see here that the apostle Paul was always optimistic and positive to others. A good example fot us to follow him also in this. He boasted of them to other people but the saints at Corinth were criticizing him.
II Corinthians 7:5
For, when we were come into Macedonia,
our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled
on every side; without were fightings,
within were fears
Verse 5: He, Paul was in Macedonia there was for the apostle Paul no rest and brothers and maybe sisters who were with him there. They were troubles on every side. The Jews who were against him and the Gospel of the Grace of God were continueously hound him wherever he went. This verse let us see that Paul was just like you and me and he was fearing things. The Jewish people were very angry. Years ago when I was the first time in Israel strong religious Jewish people became mad because they heard Messianic Jewish singing about Jesus Christ. I saw it all happen and they became so mad that they would destroy all the instruments of the singing group. The singing group was lucky that some strong men came and they kept the two groups apart from each other. At that moment I must think about the Jewish in the time of Paul. They were the ones who caused a lot of trouble for Paul and his co workers.
II Corinthians 7:6
Nevertheless God, that comforteth those
that are cast down, comforted us
by the coming
Verse 6: In spite of troubling God comforteth Paul and his co workers who were troubled and had no rest and feared with the coming of Titus. Paul had send Titus to the Corinthian church to comfort the Corinthian brothers and sisters and build them up and admonish them. Now Titus is back. What a encouragement it is for the apostle Paul and his co workers to see Titus back from Corinth in Macedonia! In those days when the apostle Paul lived it was not so easy to travel. There was a lot of danger, dangerous roads but also danger of robbers and other people. So it was so good that Titus came back from Corinth and comforted Paul and his co workers with his coming and not only that and that we see in the next verses here in II Corinthians chapter 7! So glad and surprised the apostle must have been with the coming of Titus. Titus was a Greek man and he was also a leader, a pastor, a teacher of the Gospel of the Grace of God. Oh how need the Body of Christ , the CHURCH now such men as Titus!!!. Men who stand for the Truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing Romans 16:25-26 and 2 Timothy 2:15. How few men we have in this world like this Titus! So a call to you all brothers and sisters I encourage you brothers and sisters here in the Netherlands be as Titus and Timothy and learn the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20;24, 32, Romans 16:25-26, Colossians 1:5-6. Learn the epistles of Paul and began to study with me here in the Netherlands God's Word!!!! And later make a stand for this truth because it is the Truth!!!!! This would be fantastic my brothers and sisters!!! This shall encourage and change your spiritual life with God!!!! It shall also encourage me to continue with the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing like the apostle Paul who was so comforted by the coming of Titus!!!
II Corinthians 7: 7
And not by his coming only, but by the
consolation wherewith he was comforted
in you, when he told us your earnest desire,
your mourning, your fervent mind toward me;
so that I rejoiced the more
Verse 7: Titus had visit the church at Corinth. He had spoken to the saints there and also admonished the people and now he was back in Macedonia and again there was a reunion with the apostle Paul and his co workers. Paul was encouraged with the coming of Titus and not only with his coming but what he brought to the ears of the apostle Paul that he, Titus, was comforted by the saints at Corinth. This was remarkable! They had read the first letter of the apostle Paul and this was really a painful letter and they had repented from their sins and had disciplined the members who had created the problems in the local church. The first epistle had made them awake and aware of their own behavior in daily life that they changed their minds. Brothers and sisters it begins with the mind and the will of man. It a man will change his mind and realize that the things he is doing is not good it has effect on his daily life and if he wills than the action comes!!!! So called Christianity today is like the Corinthian church! But most people in Christianity unfortunately will not change their minds and will not listen to the Word of God , to His Word of Grace Acts 20:34 which can build them up. They don't see it in the first place and will not see it and that is the problem now at this moment in this world. But the Corinthian saints had now a earnest desire to learn when Titus had admonished them and were mourning. What does it mean mourning? To express grief or sorrow! The apostle Paul had written them a stern letter and they had regretted! This letter had made them to repent and the apostle Paul rejoiced in this. It was a true Godly sorrow for sin. First the Corinthian saints were not a example because of their sins and now they saw that this was not good and repent from their sins. How is it with your life. My brothers and sisters how is it with your life? Do you follow the example of the Corinthian saints in the first epistle of the apostle Paul? Or do you like to repent from your sins and have a desire to listen to Gods Word of Grace Romans 16:25-26?
II Corinthians 7:8
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent
though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle
hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season
Verse 8: The first Epistle to the Corinthian saints was and is a epistle of rebuke, a stern letter. They had repent and the apostle Paul had no repentance to this that he had written those words to them because it were the Words of the Lord. This epistle hath made them very sorry for what they had done in the local church and it is really a epistle for learning how it should go and not how it shouldn't go. It had changed their minds and this was the positive which came out of it. The professing chuch have also to learn from this epistle and I want to point out that they in general shall read and study this I Corinthian epistle. The professing church (all the churches together in this world) are almost the same like the Corinthian church. They do the same things today: to allow all kinds of sexuality, to compromise with this world and more things. It's getting worser and worser because people are under wrong doctrine and teaching. So brothers and sisters when you are under a wrong doctrine or teaching come out of it and repent, not in order to be saved but in order to restore your close fellowship with God and this is only through the Epistles of the apostle Paul Romans till the end of Philemon, 13 epistles or letters. Romans 16:25-26. It is for the obedience of faith in Christ my dear brothers and sisters!!!
II Corinthians 7:9
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry,
but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were
made sorry after a godly manner, that ye
might receive damage by us in nothing
Verse 9: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: the Corinthian saints sorrowed to repentance. This was genuine what they did. And this to God!! They repented from their sins they had done and came back to God and told our Lord everything what they did wrong. They changed their minds and saw that what they had done was not good. The first epistle to the Corinthian saints was very hard and a letter to them that was leading to this repentance. They did it!!! And if you brother or sister are in a similar situation, stop sinning and go back to Gods Word and learn the epistles of the apostle Paul!!! Romans 16:25-26 and learn how to walk worthy before God!!! Moreover the first Epistle what the apostle wrote to them damaged the Corinthian believers not. He admonished them to do better than stay in sinning. It was for their spiritual life in Christ and so the First epistle to the Corinthian saints is also for us to read and to study my dear brothers and sisters. You can learn a lot of it and this helps you in your daily walk with God! The First Epistle to the Corinthians verse by verse is now on line on this website!!! Read and study this epistle with your Bible and be a Berean believer!!! Acts 17: 10-12
II Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be
repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death
Verse 10: Godly sorrow worketh repentance. To be sorry after a godly manner. Such sorrow brings salvation. Not salvation from sin but from the problems into which we have gotten ourselves by sin. In the church of Philippi there was also sin. A division between two women and this caused division in that church and the apostle Paul wrote the Philippian saints the following: "Wherefore, my beloved as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. The sorrow of the world worketh death: the sinners guilty remorse can cause him nothing but fear, tension, worry and other attitudes of mind. It can end in death. Without God there is only the sorrow of this world and that is very negative my dear brothers and sisters. Thank God that we are saved forever and that we can repent after sinning and that we can work out our salvation.
II Corinthians 7:11
For behold this selfsame thing that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what
carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea,
what indignation, yea, what fear, what vehement desire, yea what zeal, what
revenge!. In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter
Verse 11 The apostle Paul refers here to the Corinthian saints their godly repentance to God in this matter about the incest practized by one brother and second at by others. Carefulness verses persmissiveness, clearing of yourselves verses the reproach they had caused, what indignation about the sin of the person, what fear for God, what vehement desire versus their former carelessness. What zeal to set things in order, what revenge against the former sin. So they had repented and really sincerely. Let us learn from this my dear brothers and sisters and fall not into such sin what they committed. If we sin let us also realize that this is not good and that we have to change our minds. This is the lesson about it. They stopped with sinning and that is the best remedy for this.
II Corinthians 7:12
Wherefore , though I wrote unto you, I did it not
for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his
cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you
in the sight of God might appear unto you
Verse 12 He, the apostle Paul wrote his first Epistle to all the Corinthian saints. The cause was the incest what took place at Corinth. He Paul lovde them so much and he cared about them in the sight of God and this might be seen by them, that it might appear unto them that he cared about them and wanted that they should repent from their carelessness. That's why he wrote this first epistle the Corinthian saints. It was a hard epistle for them but it was for their best, for the better life with Christ they could live. He admonished them by this epistle and we brothers and sisters can a lot learn from it!
II Corinthians 7:13
Therefore we were comforted in your comfort;
yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for
the joy of Titus, because his spirit
was refreshed by you all
Verse 13: The apostle Paul was encouraged with his co workers and Titus also because of the comfort of the Corinthian believers! And exceedingly more joyed we (Paul and co workers) for the joy of Titus! More men were rejoicing here we see and especially Paul and Titus. Titus was the man who was send to them and he was refreshed by them all there at Corinth because they had repented from their sin and faults. They became obedient instead of disobedient they were. With fear and trembling they had received Titus! He created order in the church at Corinth and they listened to this and became obedient. The apostle Paul was so glad and full of joy and Titus too and came back to Paul to tell him everything which happened there at Corinth!!! How wonderful the Lord can work if we want to let Him do the work in us! They, the Corinthian saints became obedient and God worked through them!!
II Corinthians 7:14
For if I have boasted any thing to him of you,
I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things
to you in truth, even so our boasting,
which I made before Titus, is found a truth
Verse 14: Paul was so happy with the coming of Titus to him again and about what Titus told the apostle Paul about the Corinthian saints who repented from sin and changed their minds according the faith in Christ so Paul boasted of them by which he had heard from Titus. Titus brought refreshing news and that was what Paul earnestly longed for. His boasting to Titus about the Corinthian church had been valid. Hopefully his beloved Corinthian saints would further grow in Grace. Maybe we have too as believers in Christ some sin what we want to get rid of. Let's follow the example of this Corinthian saints who did this through changing their minds and that is the case my dear brothers and sisters: change you mind. It begins with the mind and God can do His work in us by His Word and it is a question to read and study His Word of Grace Acts 20:32!
II Corinthians 7:15
And his inward affection is more abundant
toward you, whilst he remembereth the
obedience of you all, how with fear
and trembling ye received him.
Verse 15: Titus came back to the apostle Paul from Corinth and Paul wrote the Corinthian saints their obedience to Titus. It was the obedience to the Word of God. Because of their obedience Titus affection was more abundant towards them. This is real love my dear brothers and sisters. It is not only giving to another person who is your brother or sister, no it is seeing something in return back to you. It is a interaction my dear brothers and sisters. The saints at Corinth were also with fear and trembling when they received Titus because they had sinned and were afraid about what this will be for the consequences and what Titus had to say to them! Titus was a stronger man to admonish people than Timothy because he came with good news of the Corinthian saints afterwards to Paul!
II Corinthians 7:16
I rejoice therefore that I have confidence
in you in all things
Verse 16: In his first epistle to the Corinthian saints the apostle Paul was very worried about them and had no confidence in them. Now he rejoiced because they repented from sin and the apostle Paul heard everything about them from Titus and now he had confidence in them in all things. He trusted them more as before! They became obedient to the Lord because they saw their sin and changed their minds after a lot of admonishing and rebuke. They always sleep and woke up from the sleep and became now awake and aware what they had done. So the apostle Paul was very pleased with it and rejoiced in it.
II Corinthians Chapter 8 : 1
Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the
Grace of God bestowed on the churches
Verse 1: The apostle Paul after the agreement with the apostles at Jerusalem to help the poor Galatians 2:10 (read this verse!)he made an organized effort to raise funds for their poor saints from among the Gentile churches of Macedonia. Achaia Galatia and the rest of Asia Minor. We can read this in Romans 15: 25 and 26, I Corinthians 16:1, this chapter: verses 1-6, Acts 15: 23-29; Acts 16:4 and Galatians 2:10. Read those verses for yourself. The apostle Paul tried to make the Corinthian believers awake to give too for the poor saints at Jerusalem. It is also good to do it he, Paul, wrote to these saints at Corinth. In Acts 20:35 we read the following: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said; it is more blessed to give than to receive" The Corinthian believers didn't give goods and money to the poor like the brothers and sisters in the churches in Macedonia and the saints at Philippi were a example of it! The desire of the apostle Paul was that after making the Corinthian saints awake about this they should also do the same.
II Corinthians 8 verse 2
How that in a great trial of affliction
the abundance of their joy and their
deep poverty abounded unto the
riches of their liberality
Verse 2: The churches of Macedonia were bitterly persecuted. Especially from the Jews who had persecuted Paul and had sought to kill him . On the other hand they were a joyful church: the abundance of their joy. They expressed a lot of joy in the midst of persecution. Third they had a lot of poverty that means that they were poor. What we can learn from this verse my dear brothers and sisters is this that persectution, poverty and joy what those believers let us see here is that it was a generous assembly and even they were poor saints they gave Paul gifts for the poor saints in Jerusalem which they had collected for this purpose. Here again we see it is more blessede to give than to receive!
II Corinthians 8: 3
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and
beyond their power they were willing of
Verse 3: The churches of Macedonia and especially the church at Philippi was a good example how it should be. They had collected a gift for the poor saints at Jerusalem. This gift was all they could afford, yes and more than they could afford. They were poor and despite the bitterly persuction they endured they were willing to give more than to receive things. They were not self-centered. We see this a lot in this word namely self centered. Not to see another person. We live in a self centered world and the majority in this world thinks only about him or herself. We call it selfishness. As believers in Christ we have also to be careful and not to do what others do in this world and being selfishness. In Philippians 2:4 we read: "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others" This is so important my brothers ans sisters: to look on the things of other people and not to look on things what you have and to be self centered. This is very difficult to learn because our old nature doesn't want this. But people in the churches in Macedonia had this attitude and let us also learn this my dear brothers and sisters! They had the love of Christ, the agape of God. Without God you cannot love another person because from the Adam's nature on a person is self-centered, selfishness! With God through His Word of Grace which is able to build a person up the person can learn this love of God and this can work in his walk with God.
II Corinthians 8:4
Praying us with much entreaty
that we would receive the gift, and
take upon us the fellowship of the
ministering to the saints.
Verse 4: The saints of Macedonia were very enthousiastic. They were not self centered like the Corinthian saints. Also in that churches there were problems like divisions in the Philippian church. Yet the saints gave Paul and his co workers before they went to Jerusalem to visit the poor saints there goods and other things. They weree more than willing to share in the collection. In fact they begged to be included. Their giving was voluntary and spontaneous. It was of Grace, the Love of God worked in them and they were not pressed. They gave because they wanted to give. My brothers and sisters we can a lot learn about this and about this: Grace of God not only frees us from our sins, but it frees us from ourselves, the selfishness. The Grace of God will open our hearts and our hands my dear brothers and sisters! If you give something it is not a result of cold calculation but of warmhearted jubilation!
II Corinthians 8:5
And this they did, not as we hoped, but
first gave their own selves to the Lord,
and unto us by the will of God
Verse 5: Finally they, The Macedonian believers, gave their own selves to the Lord first and to Paul with his co workers by the will of God! The Grace of God bestowed upon them and bringing forth so much precious fruit. This should inspire the Corinthian saints to loving joyful sacrificial service for Him. This was and is the will of God because God loves the giver who give willingly and not under pressure. Oh we can learn so much from these Macedonian saints how it should be. We live now in a very difficult time in this world. Let us take the example of the Macedonian churches and not the example of the Corinthian church. The apostle Paul was well pleased with these Macedonian churches and especially the church at Philippi. He hoped that the Corinthian saints would do the same and that's why he let them see what the other churches in Macedonia did so that they came also in action and collected goods and money for the poor saints in Jerusalem!
II Corinthians 8:6
Insomuch that we desired Titus,
that as he had begun, so he would
also finish in you the same grace also
Verse 6: The purpose of Titus to let him go to the Corinthian saints was to made the Corinthian saints awake about the fact that they could learn from the Macedonian churches and to follow their example in willing to give goods and other things for the poor saints in Jerusalem. Titus had begun to tell them this and so make them awake for this that their hearts will be opened and the purpose was at the end that this would be reality in them.
II Corinthians 8:7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith,
and utterance, and knowledge, and in all
diligence, and in your love to us, see that
ye abound in this grace also
Verse 7: A lot has changed in the church of Corinth with the saints there. They changed their minds and turned to God and stopped with some sins like adultary and the unconcern they had about what happened in their church with the incest etc. They grew up in knowledge and in the Grace of God and begin to love the apostle Paul and that because Paul warned and rebuked them in his first epistle to them about this and admonished them to do better and send later Titus to them to set things in order and made them awake to do better but also they would give also to the poor saints goods, money etc so that they may also abound in this gift too. The apostle Paul brought always goods and other things with him for the poor at Jerusalem. In Galatians 2: 10 he agreed with Peter, James and John, the Jewish apostles the following: "Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. " It is better to give and to receive and this is true my brothers and sisters. If we look at someone else who has less our selfishness will not have a great roll in our lives. If we care about the poor my dear brothers and sisters and give money or goods it is very good to do. It is not a commandment what we see in the next verse. It is a willing and that must come from inside, from our hearts and then it will come out like the saints in Macedonia who did it. God will work in us through His Spirit but if we will not He cannot work in us. In Philippians 2 verse 4 we read the following verse: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. This is also in willing to give to poor people, poor saints in the Lord Jesus Christ. And in I Corinthians 10:24 we see: "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth." If you love another person then you have a lot left for the other person". This in connection with giving willingly goods or gifts (money). But this is also in general that what the apostle did too, he not only love the poor saints but went to them and in this he was not selfish. He did always what Philippians 2 verse 4 says and his co workers too did the same. They went with him! In Acts 20:4 we read: And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea, and of the Thessalonians , Aristarchus and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia Thychicus and Trofimus. So brothers and sisters if you read and believe the Word of His Grace Acts 20: 32, Romans 16:25 and 26 come in action and contact me and together we will stand for the truth, the Gospel of our salvation Colossians 1:5, Ephesians 1;13-14, Romans 16:25-26! Be not only a reader of this website. You can call me or mail me see page contact! Do as the co workers did with Paul: to accompany him and you can do the same like them! Stay not unconcerned but have a will to stand for the Truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24!
2 Corinthians 8 verse 8
I speak not by commandment, but
by occasion of the forwardness
of others, and to prove the sincerity
of your love
Verse 8: It was not a commandment to the saints at Corinth which Paul wrote to them that they had to collect goods for the poor saints at Jerusalem. It was more a admonishing. That they should have also eyes for other and that they not hold everything for themselves but focus on the other persons who were poor and had nothing. That they were willing to give things away instead of being pressed. And if this came from a pure heart through Gods love through His Spirit than they prove the sincerity of their love towards other persons. They were so self centered the believers at Corinth. They had to change this too because now they were more awake than before.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes
He became poor, that ye through His
poverty might be rich
Verse 9: The Grace of God is in our Lord Jesus Christ my dear brothers and sisters! In Philippians 2: 6-9 we read the following verses: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name whch is above every name. " He was rich and became poor here in this verse in the first place for the Corinthian saints and also for us my dear brothers and sisters! Also for us He became poor with a reason and that is that we through His poverty might be rich. We are now rich in Him because He took all our guilt upon Himself, all our sins upon Himself and died on the cross on Calvary. A horrible death you can't imagine! Abandoned by everyone. That is love my dear brothers and sisters, real love of God so that we became rich in Him because He lives, He is alive because death couldn't hold Him. Why not? Answer: He is without sin and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Live. In Him is this is and He is the Way to God the Father! Through Him we have contact with God! What a wonderful news my dear brothers and sisters.
2 Corinthians 8:10
And herein I give my advice:
for this is expedient for you, who have
begun before, not only to do
but als to be forward a year ago
Verse 10: We have here in this verse the words advice and expedient. The year before the Corinthian saints had enthousiatic agreed with the apostle Paul to participate in this great offering for the poors saints in Jerusalem but the nearer the time for giving their goods etc the less they felt like doing it. This sounds familiair like today: many people are enthousiastic and after a while they come not in action. Paul advised those saints in Corinth that it was expedient for them to do their part without further delay. He used to say promises are good but performance is better.
2 Corinthians 8:11
Now therefore perform the doing of it;
that as there was a readiness to will,
so there may be a performance also
out of that which ye have
Verse 11: Again the apostle says here that promises are good but performance is better. To perform is to carry out. Not only willing something but to carry out. Come in action the apostle Paul told them here in this verse. They had the readiness to will it but the performance was another way and it was apparently difficult for them. Maybe the selfishness had not yet disappeared from them. Maybe they were to much busy with themselves instead to think of another or other persons who were very poor, even not enough clothes to wear and food to eat. In general for most people in this world who are rich is it difficult to give to poor people. There is a lot of selfishness in this world and most people are not aware about this. Let us not be as this world but let us be different my dear brothers and sisters so pray for the poor, for the ones who are persecuted because they believe in Christ!
2 Corinthians 8:12
For if there be first a willing mind, it is
accepted according to that a man
hath, and not according to that he
Verse 12: With other words here in this verse: No one is asking you to do more than you can or to give more than you can
afford. The church at Jerusalem was poor because of the fact that they had all in common but God stopped His plan with Israel and began a New Plan, the Heavenly plan and in this plan every man or woman have to work for living. In Antioch in Acts 11: 29 and 30 we read that the disciples there in Antioch collect things and send them through the hands of Barnabas and Saul to the poor saints in Jerusalem. hey conctributed every man according to his ability and so Paul instructs also the Corinthian saints to give everyone as God hath prospered him I Corinthians 16:2 (read this verse). In 2 Corinthians 9 verse 7 we read: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give not grudingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver"
2 Corinthians 8:13
For I mean not that other men be eased,
and ye burdened
Verse 13: The apostle Paul was very tactful here in this verse to the Corinthian saints. He even suggests that some day they might be poor and the Macedonian churches well off. For the apostle Paul it was his desire that for all the saints in Corinth they had to do their part and also the other churches had to do their part and that there will be equality between them. This the apostle told them also in the next verse.
2 Corinthians 8:14
But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply
for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that
there may be equality
Verse 14: The apostle suggests here that they all do their part: giving of things for each other. If the one is poor the other who is rich gives him things and reversed so that there may be equality between believers of different churches. This is against selfishness what so easy comes inside men their hearts because of sin. So Philippians 2: verse 4 is very important to bring this in the practice of everyday: "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others"
2 Corinthians 8:15
As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over;
and he that had gathered little had no lack
Verse 15: This verse my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ corresponds with Exodus 16:18. In this verse we read the following: "And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating" Here in this verse because of the Manna from heaven. The lesson is gather what you need, share what you can, and don't try to hoard god's blessings. God will see to it that you will not be in need if you trust Him and obey His Word.
2 Corinthians 8:16
But thanks be to God, which put the same
earnest care into the heart of Titus for you
Verse 16: But thank be to God. All honour is to Him. He works in persons like Titus through the heart. Titus the young man at that time had a desire in his heart to assist in the gathereing of the special offering. Titus had to tell and admonish the Corinthian believers willing to give to the poor and collect things for the poor saints in Jerusalem. Why Titus? Titus was well known and trusted by the Corinthian believers. Titus had shown his great affection for them often and again now as he was not only sent by Paul but went to them of hiw own choice. This came from his heart. That is something to think about it my dear brothers and sisters. If we are willing it comes from the heart and God can work with it and put the earnest care into our hearts like He did in Titus.
2 Corinthians 8:17
For indeed he accepted the exhortation;
but being more forward, of his own accord
he went unto you
Verse 17: What a beautiful verses these last verses here my dear brothers and sisters! Titus accepted the exhortation. What is a exhortation? The meaning of this word is: an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something. So the apostle Paul exhorted Titus to go to the saints in Corinth to exhort them and Titus was willing to do this! And now the second: being more forward that means that you ask someone to do something and in this case the apostle Paul exhorted Titus to do this and Titus did more than the apostle Paul expected from him and on his own he went to the Corinthian saints to admonish them about willing to give to the poor. This is really something: more to do than someone else expects or asks from you to do!
2 Corinthians 8:18
And we have sent with him the brother,
whose praise is in the gospel
throughout all the churches
Verse 18: The apostle Paul sent Titus to the Corinthian saints and also another brother with him. This brother in the Lord Jesus Christ was well known in all the churches and his praise was in the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and Romans 16:25-26. This brother stood for the Gospel of Gods Grace! Now the question who was this brother who was very known in all the churches because of his praise in the Gospel? A lot of believers believe that this was Luke and indeed Luke was fit for this position to accompany Titus to Corinth and it was a good choice from Paul to send him with Titus to Corinth! We do not know exactly that this was Luke. Anyway it was a man known to the churches as a man burdened for souls. My dear brothers and sisters when we are in heaven we will know everything so we leave it to our Lord because than He will explain to us everything when we are litterally with Him in heaven!
2 Corinthians 8:19
And not that only, but who was also chosen
of the churches to travel with us with this
grace, which is administered by us to the
glory of the same Lord, and declaration
of your ready mind
Verse 19: The apostle Paul is speaking of the brother who he send with Titus to the Corinthian saints and this was a man, a co worker in the Grace of God , a brother in Christ who already travelled with Paul but was also trustful otherwise the churches did not chose this person to travel with Paul. With this grace: the collection of goods for the poor saints in Jerusalem Judea. Which is administered by Paul and his brothers in the Lord. What does the word administered means? Which is managed by us this is what it means. It was to the glory of the Lord and the fullness of the mind. With honesty and willing of heart it was given and Paul and his co workers should go to Jerusalem to bring all the goods and money to the poor saints in Judea who had nothing anymore because of change of Dispensation. So the theme is willing to give things to the poor and that is also the lesson for us my dear brothers and sisters: if we also give with a willing heart than it is to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 8:20
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us
in this abundance which is administered by us
Verse 20: What does this mean: to avoid? Avoiding: it comes from the Greek word stellomai: keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something). So keep away from people who could blame the apostle his fellow saints in this abundance (the goods and money) who was trusted to them and they managed it. It was in a honest way and Paul should make certain that men could see what they were doing. It was open to see from outsight so that men couldn't blame the apostle and the saints who were with him and helped him in this collecting things.
2 Corinthians 8:21
Providing for honest things, not only
in the sight of the Lord, but also in
the sight of men
Verse 21: This church and all the people who represented it would not want to bring reproach upon the name of Christ this is why the apostle Paul wrote as he did. In the church of Corinth were Jews, Crecians and Gentiles all brought together as one in Christ. Surely they would not lightly disgrace Him, Christ. So they must provide or prepare beforehand honest things not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of men. That no men could blame them. That there was no evil to say about this or to think evil about it.
2 Corinthians 8:22
And we have sent with them our brother, whom
we have oftentimes proved diligent in many
things, but now much more diligent, upon the great
confidence which i have in you
Verse 22:The apostle Paul was not sending alone Titus to the Corinthian saints but sent with him a brother who has a good report of everyone and with them another one! It is a delegation of men at least three men and this last man who Paul sent with them was proved diligent. What is diligent? Answer: having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties. This brother was a example and at least Paul had a great confidence in the Corinthian saints. This is it my brothers ans sisters! We can a lot learn from this and learn also to be diligent for the Word of Gods Grace to proclaim it, to make known it, study it and teach it to other brothers and sisters and be a example for the Body of Christ, the Living Church, the Heavenly Church!
2 Corinthians 8:23
Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper
concerning you; or our bethren be inquired of, they are the
messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ
Verse 23: What strikes here in this verse that the apostle Paul is very positive about Titus. He tells us that Titus is his partner and fellowhelper. Partner has to do with a close relationship what the apostle Paul had with Titus. Titus was his brother and a very good helper and in the footsteps of the apostle Paul. The brethren who went with Titus to the saints in Corinth, who accompanied him from the churches were the messengers of these churches and all to the glory of Christ. They were mighty in the Scriptures of God and also to bring Gods Word in practice. Brothers and sisters: we can learn a lot of these men and from the apostle Paul and also Titus his fellowhelper. If we be led by God's Spirit with Gods Word of Grace we become also a blessing for others in our neighbourhood, for the Body of Christ and if you have a local church it is also a blessing for the people. in the church.
2 Corinthians 8: 24
Wherefore shew ye to them, and
before the churches, the proof
of your love, and of our boasting on
Verse 24: This is a real request from the apostle Paul to the saints of the church at Corinth. That they might show their love towards Titus and the brothers who were send to them to admonish them to collect goods, money for the poor in Jerusalem what the apostle Paul would carry and bring to these poor saints there. No doubt they needed this request or rebuke because a year before this Paul already asked them to do this but they didn't do it although they promised then to do it. Many believers today are quick in promise but slow to perform just as these brothers and sisters in the church in Corinth to Paul. This verse was written by inspiration of God. God inspired the apostle Paul to write down this verse. He Paul boasted in them because it went the right way with the Corinthian believers because a lot was changed in their walk and the apostle Paul had more trust in them than before and could also boast because of their walk in Christ. Now the only thing was to think about another person who was poor and to give things to the poor saints. So on the close of this chapter we as believers can learn a lot that we too sometimes are making quick promises but slow to perform it.
II Corinthians Chapter 9 verse 1
For as touching the ministring to
the saints, it is superfluous for me
to write to you
Verse 1 In this first verse of this new chapter 9 the apostle Paul is telling the Corinthian saints that he should not need to write them further about this subject since they already knew the facts. But he deemed it necessary lest our boasting of you be in vain. This was the conclusion because the Corinthian saints had promised again and again for more than a year but still there was no performance. Paul had send Titus with brothers in the Lord to the Corinthian believers to help them in acutually making up their contribution. The knew it well so it was not necessary for the apostle Paul to tell them again but the practice was another story! Nowadays we have the same experience with people who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. In this mordern world with all the communication what they did not have in the time of Paul we have often the same mentality of people: promising things but not perform. And not only contributing but in more things. So brothers and sisters let us not do the same as the Corinthian saints or others who have this same attitude. Let us be different and follow more the example of the Macedonian churches who were willing to give with their hearts because they were open for it.
II Corinthians 9:2
For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which
I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia
was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked
Verse 2: A year before the saints in Corinth were forward in suggesting and in promoting and busy with it so the apostle Paul was telling the Macedonian believers that the church in Achaia, the Corinthian church was ready a to collect things for the poor saints in Jerusalem Judea. Their contribution! They were enthousiastic and provoked many people and it looked that they had a zeal for it. But the apostle was waiting on their promises a year and nothing happened. That's why he send Titus and two other brothers to see what was going on in the church of Corinth!
II Corinthians 9:3
Yet have I send the brethren, lest our
boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf
that ,as I said ye may be ready
Verse 3: The apostle Paul informs the brothers and sisters at Corinth that he is sending these brethren (Titus and two other brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ) to stir them up to share in the offering. More important than the money or goods itself was the spiritual benefit that would com to the church as they shared in response to God's Grace in their lives. A year ago Paul had written them to tell them how to take up the contributions. I Corinthians 16:1-4. So the Corinthian saints had no excuse for their delay in this contribution. He boasted over them but if they didn't do the things he asked them than his boasting of them was in vain. He hoped that they were ready to give and that this was no last minute work. So that they already collected things like money or goods before Titus and the brothers would arrive. But Paul feared that his boasting might be in vain.
II Corinthians 9:4
Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you
unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed
in this same confident boasting
Verse 4: The apostle Paul had boasted to the Macedonian churches about this church at Corinth. He wanted to visit the Corinthian saints again with brothers from the Macedonian churches but he was afraid that the Corinthian saints were unprepared and that they should be ashamed for what they didn't do: to give to the poor, to collect money and goods for the poor saints at Jerusalem, so that Paul's boasting disappeared about them. What an embarrassment it would have been to Paul and delegates from the churches in Macedonia who had their collection and now the biggest church at Corinth had not even gotten their gift together! So that's in the next verse we read the following:
II Corinthians 9: 5
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort
the brethren, that they would go before
unto you, and make up beforehand your
bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the
same might be ready, as a matter of bounty
and not as covetousness
Verse 5: So that's why the apostle Paul send these brethren before he would come and that they would encourage and admonage the saints in Corinth to collect a generous gift because that is a bounty. The apostle Paul didn't want to pressure them of put on pressure on them because the gift for the poor saints must be one of generosity and not as covetousness. Well the church in Jerusalem don't exists anymore and none of the churches we read here but the Body of Christ with you and me as members of it still exists and we can learn a lot of this. We have also to give to poor saints or saints who are in difficult situations to help them. We think here in the Netherlands about organizations like Open Doors which is also worldwide working. To give to this organization is a good thing. If we will give a gift we have to give it with a glad and willing heart not as the Corinthian saints did. And not as covetousness. We can also wake up other believers in our neighbourhood to give too for example to the persecuted Church worldwide. A lot of believers in this world are in a bad situation like concentration camps or in jail or are slain because they believe in Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Let us also not forget them and pray for them!
II Corinthians 9:6
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
Verse 6: What is the meaning of this verse my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. First we have to know that giving is not something we do, but something we are. Giving is a way of life for us as believers in Christ who understand the Grace of God. This verse needs little explenation. For example the farmer who sows much seed will have a better chance for a bigger harvest. Another example: the investor who puts a large sum of money in the bank will certainly collect more dividends. The more we invest in the work of the Lord, the more fruit will abound to our acount. Read Philippians 4: 10-20. It is also good to give money to a missionary work like TCM or another Society as the Berean Bible Society to help them financially and that they can give out more tools and books like commentaries and material for evangelism so that the Gospel of the Grace of God can reach more and more people in this world.
II Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver
Verse 7: Whatever we do in giving money or goods we have to avoidd giving grudgingly or of necessity. If we can give from the heart then we should have the honesty and courage to say no. We have to give things like money for poor people who are our brothers and sisters for example or a society or support a church or a Christian organization like Open Doors, from our hearts. The believers of Macedonia are a example in this because they gave gleefully and happily. They really want to help the poor saints at Jerusalem. Oh if we follow their example! God loveth a cheerful giver. He , God is well pleased if we give things from our hearts my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all Grace abound toward you;
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work.
Verse 8: My brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ: God is able! In the light of II Corinthians 8:9 where we read the following verse: For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich" Thats why the apostle Paul could say in this verse that God is able to make all Grace abound toward the saints in Corinth in the first place and also towards us. Why is God able to make all Grace abound in us? Answer that we may abound to every good work. We, brothers and sisters are not saved by good works but we are saved unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10. And God's rightheousness remaineth forever. What a blessing my dear brothers and sisters. We are righteous in Him, Christ! Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice! Philippians 4:4
II Corinthians 9:9
As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to
the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
Verse 9: My dear brothers and sisters what does this verse mean? We not only share Gods Grace but we also share His righteousness. Paul mentioned Psalm 112 verse 9. Let us see what this verse describes: He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour" Paul prove his point here: The righteous man who has no fears because his heart is sincere and obedient to the Lord. The apostle Pau did not suggest that we earn righteousness by our giving because the only way to get righteousness si by faith in Jesus Christ. If our hearts are right, our gving will be used by God to make our characters righteous. So Grace giving builds our character my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 9:10
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower
both minister bread for your food, and
multiply your seed sown, and increase
the fruits of your righteousness
Verse 10: As believers in Christ my dear brothers and sisters we reap as we sow, and we share Gods miracle multiplication of what we give and do. We have not to worry my dear brothers and sisters we believe in Gods grace and God supplies all that we need. There is always spritual and material bread for the eating and spiritual and material seed for the sowing. The giving of money is just as spiritual an act as the singing of a hymn or a handing out of a Gospel tract. Money is seed. If we give money according to the principles of Grace, it will multiply to the glory of God and meet many needs. It we use it in ways than God desires, the harvest will be poor. It increase the fruits of our righteousness.
II Corinthians 9:11
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifullness,
which causeth through us thanksgiving to God
Verse 11: God doesn't save us just to make us happy forever. We are not saved by good works! We are saved by His Grace, by His Faith and through our Lord Jesus Christ Who gave Himself for us on the cross on Calvary. We we are saved unto Good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10. One of these good works is giving things for others who are poor or have it bad. These good Works of God cause many to thank God and bring glory to His Name. To help others by our giving causes others to thank God for His goodness and bring glory to His Name.
II Corinthians 9:12
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints,
but is abundant also by many thankgivings unto God
Verse 12: Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: neither bring we animals as sacrifices to God, because the work of Christ on the cross has ended the Levitical system. Read Hebrews 10:1-14. But the material gifts we bring to the Lord become spiritual sacrifices if they are given in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The emphasis in 2 Corinthians 9 is on the fact that the offering of the saints of Corinth would meet the needs of poor saints in Judea. There are a lot of excuses not to give. The danger is than that the believer moves out of the sphere of grace giving. As we have therefore opportunity let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith Galatians 6:10. Dont forget we are not the ones my brothers and sisters who get the glory: it is the Lord Who is glorified. And the people who get the gifts will thank God and this all we hear in heaven when the Church, the Body of Christ is gathered together.
II Corinthians 9:13
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glority God for your
professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your
liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men
Verse 13: The word experiment here in this verse means having to do with proof. The Greek word is dokine. Thus brothers and sisters the proof given by our diakonias, service, or ministry, or our acknowledged subjection to the Gospel of Christ which is the Gospel of Grace Acts 20;24, will bring glory to God. Paul hoped and prayed that the Corinthian saints would give money to the poor saints of Jerusalem and Judea and not only to them but to all men who are poor.
II Corinthians 9:14
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the
exceeding Grace of God in you
Verse 14: The poor saints in Judaea were praying and longing that the Grace of God might work in the Corinthian believers or saints exceedingly for their need was indeed great. Did the Corinthian believers realized this how truy valuable were these Judaean prayers in their behalf? It was also the desire and prayer from the apostle Paul that the Scriptures would convinced them. It is amazing to read about this giving in two chapters 8 and 9
II Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be unto god for His unspeakable gift.
Verse 15: On the end of this chapter we find these above words. This gift which is unspeakable is indescribable. God's gracious gift to us brothers and sisters is beyond our comprehension and certainly beyond our ability to describe in words. Let us thank God and praise Him forever and ever Who gave His beloved Son to die on that cross on Calvary in agony and disgrace. Yes for us He died there on that cross, that rugged cross so that we might be justified and glorified! Yes brothers and sisters we have the forgiveness of all our sins because He took all our sins in His body on that cross and died in our place, was buried and rose from the grave to give us life, new life! Yes we have new life in Him and eternal life. We live forever! What a wonderful and loving God we have my dear brothers and sisters. Think about this!!!! Read I Corinthians 15:3-4!
II Corinthians 10 vers 1
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness
and gentleness of Christ , Who in presence am
base among you, but being absent am bold toward you
Verse 1: In this first verse the apostle Paul is beseeching the saints in Corinth by the meekness and gentleness of Christ. What does the word beseech or beseeching means? Answer: Ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat. So the apostle Paul is asking them the Corinthian beleivers urgently to do something. In the next verses we can read what this is. This beseeching was in the meekness and gentleness of Christ. This is very different than men can beseech others. Most of the times this is not in the meekness and gentleness of Christ. This is more with impatience. He Paul was absent from them. He was in Macedonia and they were living in Corinth: far away from each other. But he says : being absent am bold toward you. Through this letter he could beseech them. Nowadays we have a lot modern technics who the apostle Paul didn't have like Internet. We can not easy beseech brothers and sisters through this media. They have not even to wait for this because it is send directly. Posting letters and cards nowadays are old fashioned for a lot of people in this time. Still a letter or card to some else has something because it is more personally. This is my meaning about it. So the apostle Paul in his letter to them was full of boldness.
II Corinthians 10: 2
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with
that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some,
which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
Verse 2: The apostle Paul is warning the Corinthian believers in a loving way: Please don't force me to come and show how bold I can be! Some of the persons in the church at Corinth that Paul and his co workers walked according to the flesh. They saw only the outward appearance. This is also what men see who do not believe in Christ: they see the outward man and criticize only the outward appearance and don't see the inside. Paul wanted the brothers and sisters to trust the Lord and not the servant. The Corinthian believers were ignorant and even after all that Paul had taught them. They failed to realize that true spiritual power is in meekness and gentleness, not in throwing weight around.
II Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war
after the flesh.
Verse 3: This verse explains us what spiritual warfare is all about. Because the Corinthian believers and they were led by false doctrines of teachers judged Paul his ministry by the outward appearance, they completely missed the power tat was to the flesh and not according to the Spirit. Paul explains here that as human as anyone else, he did not depend on the human but on the Divine. The spiritual weapons provided to the Lord. He, Paul was not fighting against flesh and blood and even we cannot fight against flesh and blood. Our war is spiritual my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ! Let us read Ephesians 6 verse 12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers fo the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. "
II Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of
Verse 4: Good news my dear brothers and sisters that the spiritual weapons in the war are not carnal but mighty through God and through the Word of His Grace. This word of God let us see that this are strong words. We my brothers and sisters cannot fight spiritual battles with carnal weapons. The word warfare here means campaign. In Corinth there was a large satanic campaign. One of the things satan uses is pride. He make people to think that they are very smart and better than others and that is what the apostle Paul saw in the church at Corinth. Brothers and sisters: let us not do like the Corinthian believers or saints. Let us humble ourselves before God and think and read about Philippians 2: 5-10!
II Corinthians 10 verse 5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ
Verse 5: The trouble was that the Corinthian believers wanted to be something rather than faithfully serving God. Paul's attitude of humility was actually one of his strongest weapons, for pride plays right into the hands of satan. Paul used spiritual weapons to tear down the opposition in prayer, in the Word of God, love, the power of the Spirit at work in his life. A lot of believers in the Body of Christ do not know how to fight the battle because they don't know the truth from God, the Gospel of the Grace of God which the apostle Paul proclaimed to this world. This is the tactics the apostle Paul used in his life: to bing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. This is a art and this comes from a attitude. We have to learn that my brothers and sisters but first to learn and read the epistles of the apostle Paul Romans until the end of Philemon. It is the devil with all his lies who exalteth himself through false doctrines against the knowledge of God and we just like the apostle Paul to cast those false doctrines down and to say the truth to people who telling us lies.
II Corinthians 10: 6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your
obedience is fulfilled.
Verse 6: It was when the obedience of the Corinthian believers had been fulfilled and their gift had gone to the Judaean poor saints that there would be time after that to punish or to revenge all the disobedience of those who were causing such distress in the Corinthian church. There was a lot of disobedience and may I tell you my dear brothers and sisters nowadays there is also a lot of disobedience in more areas in the professing churches. Men in general has not learned from the past. Why not? Because men is a sinner and we live in a world full of sin. There is much wrong in the Christian world and hopefully my brothers and sisters you will see it. Men has not changed. What changed is that there are more people in this world now, that we have now internet, tv and other fast things but men in his mind isn't changed. What happened in Paul's days here on earth happens now also just a lot more. We read about incest, pride, puffed up etc. in the first epistle to the Corinthian believers. Nowadays this is everyday also but much more.
II Corinthians 10:7
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?
If any man trust himself that he is Christ's, let him of
himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are
Verse 7: The outward appearance is not where we have to look at says the apostle Paul to the Corinthian believers and it is for us the same. In I Samuel 16 verse 6 and 7 we read: "And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countanance or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. This in connection of the anointing of David the son of Jesse for king over Israel. So the conclusion here is that the Corinthian believers who saw Paul only after the outward appearance they had to think about the fact that he and they were in Christ and that they if they accepted this fact they could also Paul and his co-workers accept in Christ and the outward on that moment will disappear. So it is to accept each other in Christ and this also we have to do my dear brothers and sisters. Oh my brothers and sisters if we bring this more in practice!
II Corinthians 10:8
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the
Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction,
I should not be ashamed
Verse 8: The Lord had given the apostle Paul the authority to teach others and in this case the Corinthian believers. This was and is for edification because indirect we my brothers and sisters learn a lot also from it. The purpose of Paul's his authority was to build the Corinthian believers up and not tear them down. And it requires much more skill to build than to destroy. Furthermore it takes love to build up. The Corinthian believers interpreted Paul's love and meekness as a sign of weakness. In the past 30 years I did also a lot of Biblestudies with brothers and sisters individually. Some of them continued and some not because they were not agree with the Scriptures. It is a pity but we know that our labour in the Lord is not in vain. It was always in the love of Christ and to build people up and so is also this verse by verse study on II Corinthians too. It is to build brothers and sisters as you up and not to tear you down.Think about it! This whole website www.genade-en-waarheid.nl is for edification and not for destruction! Remember that and think about it!!!!
II Corinthians 10:9
That I may not seem af if I would terrify you by letters
Verse 9: What is the apostle Paul here in this verse saying to the Corinthian believers? His letters were to build them up, not to tear them down so that they were afraid about it what they heard through his letters. In other word that they become frigthened. Paul didn't deny that he had authority but he did refuse to exercise that authority in an unspiritual manner. The difference between Paul and the Judaizers in his time was this: Paul used his authority to build up the church, while the Judaizers used the church to build up their authority.
II Corinthians 10:10
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his
bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Verse 10:There were opponents in the church in Corinth who accused Paul of not being a true apostle for if he were a true apostle, he would show it by using his authority. They were bound to condemn him. He presence with them was weak. Let us read about this and we see in I Corinthians 2: verse 1 until verse 6: "And I brethren when i cam to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you , save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, an in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" He Paul was really weak and his speach was not with enticing words of man's wisdom. Paul trusted in the Lord and not in men's wisdom. He was not like Apollos who could speak very well. But he Paul says in I Corinthians 4: 15 the following words to the Corinthian believers: "For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel" The accusation of some of the Corinthians backfired because if Paul was not an apostle, then he was a counterfeit and not even a believer. If he was a deceiver, then the Corinthians were the deceived! People today are not better than the Corinthian believers and the opponents of the apostle Paul. They do the same things and satan is behind these false things: to accuse and he is a master in it so he uses persons to do that.
II Corinthians 10:11
Let such an one think this, that, such
as we are in word by letters when
we are absent, such will we be also
in deed when we are present
Verse 11: The apostle defends himself here and he defends his co workers against his opponents to say that he is the same by his letters when he is absent or his co workers are absent or Paul and hsi co-workers if they are present with the Corinthian believers. He or his co workers are not other people and this he wants to make it clear. We as believers in Christ are also the same, we have the same personallity and everywhere we come we are as we are. Paul and his co workers were not men how boasted in themselves. Honor and glory goes to God in Christ because Paul and his co workers are/were in Christ! And so we too my brothers and sisters: we are in Christ and all honor and glory goes to Him and not to ourselves. Pride would disappear!
II Corinthians 10:12
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare
ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they
measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing
themselves among themselves, are not wise
Verse 12: Why should we compare ourselves with others always says the apostle Paul here in this verse. What matters is that the best of us come short of the glory of God. If we compare ourselves with others for then, assuredly we have taken our eyes off God. There was a reat rivalry among the Corinthian believers to promote the leaders they preferred. And nowadays it is had not changed my brothers and sisters in the Christian world but also in politics you see the same always coming back. In Corinth the Judaizers and legalizers came into this church and infiltrated there and asked the people there: How can Paul claim to be an apostle of Christ. So brothers and sisters let us not do like the Corinthian believers did but let us just as Paul not to compare ourselves with someone else.
II Corinthians 10:13
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according
to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a
measure to reach even unto you
Verse 13: The apostle Paul didn't want to boast of things which was above his measure and that from his co workers who were with him. It was the to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to him and his co workers. With this measure he could reach them, the Corinthian believers. Paul was seeking to measure his ministry by the will of God. This is also what we have to do my brothers and sisters if we are in the ministry. The apostle Paul his work was the apostle to the Gentiles, he was also to go where no other apostle had ministered and he was to be a pioneer preacher to the Gentiles. The area God assigned Paul included even the Corinthians. God requires faithfulness above everything else Read I Corinthians 4:2.
II Corinthians 10:14
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we
reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you
also in preaching the Gospel of Christ
Verse 14: The apostle Paul had not had to stretch his funds to evangelize Corinth. He had not to build upon other men's foundations.The apostle Paul had not boasted of other men's labors as though they were his own accomplishments. It was Paul's hope that the Corinthian believers became established, that their faith might be increased. He came to them in the gospel of Christ: the Gospel and that is the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. Paul and his co workers had been able to reach as far as Corinth.
II Corinthians 10:15
Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours;
but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged
by you according to our rule abundantly
Verse 15: The apostle Paul replies to his detractors: we have not to boast of things made ready to our hand by others. It was through our Lord Jesus Christ and through Him only that their faith would increase and when their faith is increased he and his co workers shall be enlarged by them to their rule abundantly. The apostle Paul would not invade another man's territory. The work Paul did was that God worked in him and God alone should receive the glory and not men. His hope was in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 10:16
To preach the Gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast
in another man's line of things made ready to our hand
Verse 16: To preach the Gospel: Which Gospel the apostle Paul is speaking here in this verse? The Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26. The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. The regions here is Achaje where Corinth lay. The apostle's hope was that the faith of the Corinthian believers would increase and that he, Paul might be enlarged abundantly by them. According to this rule he says to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God in the regions beyound them. It was in God Paul boasted and not in another man's work. Let us think about this my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 10:17
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Verse 17: This verse is similar to the verse of I Corinthians 1:31: That according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" The believers of the Corinth church were prone to glory in men, especially now that the Jews of Judea had taken over in the church. Let us not so as the believers in Corinth but think about this and thank everyday God for this: "But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption" We can boast in Him and not in ourselves because we have all this in Christ. Now let us not boast in ourselves anymore but give glory to our Lord my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 10:18
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but
whom the Lord commendeth.
Verse 18: Does the Lord commend our work my brothers and sisters? We may commend ourselves or be commended by others and still not deserve the commendation of God. How does God approve our work? This is by testing it. This will take place at the judgment seat of Christ I Corinthians 3:10-15. The important thing is that we stand for the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and we are not ashamed to tell others this wonderful Gospel which the apostle Paul first proclaimed to this world, to the Gentiles! It depends also on our motive to continue with enthousiasm and that He may glorified in our lives. We have not to glory in ourselves because than we are not approved. It is a matter in practice that we walk in His Work and that is all in the Gospel of the Grace of God.
II Corinthians 11: 1
Would to God ye could bear with me
a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me
Verse 1: We have in these first verses of this new chapter 11 the simplicity that is in Christ. The believers of Corinth didn't accept the authority of Paul's apostleship. We have seen it in the verses of chapter 10 and they were influenced by the Jews of Judea who took over the church at Corinth and say false things according the apostle Paul. They influenced so much the believers in the church at Corinth that they begin to doubt if Paul was a apostle. That's why he ask here the Corinthian brothers and sisters that they indeed bear him. The Jews had something said to the brothers in the Corinth church as this: see we told you Paul didn't accomplish anything with his ministry among you. The apostle Paul in I Corinthians 4: 14-16 already told them in his first epistle to them the following words: "I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have then thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me". They, the brothers and sisters at Corinth were his beloved spiritual children and he wanted the very best for them. He Paul was their spiritual father and apostle. For us my dear brothers and sisters and we live 2000 years later is the apostle Paul still our apostle. He is the apostle of the Gentiles and originally we are Gentiles! So let us follow the apostle Paul as he followed our Lord Jesus Christ, not only in doctrine, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, 32, Romans 16:25-26, also in his walk everyday and how he handled with people, the patience and love (agape) of our Lord he showed to people. It was not easy and specially with the brothers and sisters of Corinth. This church was not a example like the Philippian church was. We can learn a lot about this Corinthian church and to conclude that we have not to walk how the walked.
II Corinthians 11: 2
For i am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused
you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin
Verse 2: The apostle Paul was really concerned about the believers in Corinth. He told them already that he had begotten them through the Gospel and here in this verse he presented them as a chaste virgin to Christ. Paul had the true love for the Corinthian saints and true love is never envious but it has a right to be jealous over those who are loved. If it is good a father or a mother is jealous over his or her children and seeks to protect them from anything that will harm them. The picture here what the apostle Paul present here is that of a loving father who has a daughter engaged to be married. He feels it is his privilege and duty to keep her pure, so that he can present his daughter to her husband with joy and not with sorrow. The apostle Paul saw the church at Corinth as a bride engaged to be married to Jesus Christ. In daily life not only that church at Corinth but we too my brothers and sisters have to keep ourselves pure before Him, Christ! It is to keep ourselves clean. Not to be involved in this world full of uncleanness.
II Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means , as the serpent
beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your
minds should be corrupted from the
simplicity that is in Christ
Verse 3: The apostle Paul feared about the Corinthian believers. He doubted about them. The apostle Paul has in this verse the serpent and that serpent was the devil/satan as example. The reference that Eve was beguiled by the serpent is taken from Genesis 3. The apostle Paul warns here in this verse the Corinthian saints that satan had and still have several devices for attacking believers. Satan can burden the consciences of believers who have sinned 2 Corinthians 2: 10-11, blind the minds of unbelievers 2 Corinthians 4:4 or beguile the minds of believers here in this verse 2 Corinthians 11:3 and even buffet the bodies of God's ministers 2 Corinthians 12:7. The devil is a liar and tries to bet us my dear brothers and sisters to listen to his lies, ponder them, and then believe them. This is what he did with Eve. Read for yourselves Genesis 3:1, 4-5! The devil is of course also crafty. He knows that believers will not immediatly accept a lie, so the enemy has to bait the hook and make it easy for us to accept what he has to offer. Satan is a imitator because he copies what God does and then tries to convince us that his offer is better than the offer of God! Satan has a false Gospel. The Corinthians had welcomed this new Gospel: a mixture of Law and Grace and this is not a true Gospel. The Galatian believers did the same. Read Galatians 1:6-12. And nowadays we have still the same situation among believers in this world: a mixture of Gospels. The majority believes the lie my brothers and sisters because they listen easy to the lies of satan than to learn the truth of God namely the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 that builds us up, Acts 20:32, Romans 16:25-26. This my brothers and sisters is the Gospel for today and this Gospel cannot be mixed!!!! Think about this!!!! Another Gospel which is mixed corrupted the minds of you and takes you away from the simplicity which is in Christ!!!
II Corinthians 11:4
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus,
Whom we have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit, which ye have not received,
or another gospel, which ye have not accepted,
ye might well bear with him
Verse 4: Strange isn't it? The Corinthian believers accepted easier false things than the truth which the apostle Paul told them. They believed sooner the lie than the truth and that is nowadays the same with a lot of believers in this world. People do the same nowadays and you see it all around you. They believe another gospel: a mixture of the Four Gospels of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth with a little bit Grace. Receive another spirit. In false teachings people are told that they have to pray that they may receive the Holy Spirit (again) so that they can speak in so called tongues or that they can heal people. The Corinthian believers beared this all very quickly instead of the truth. Easy they were mislead and so it is today the same my dear brothers and sisters. Dear brothers and sisters if you know the truth stand fast or hold fast the truth and be not mislead by satan. He is behind all those false doctrines and tricks to mislead people. So don't listen to him but listen to God's Word of Grace which is able to build you up!!! Dont follow the bad example of the Corinthian saints or the saints in Galatia. Be a Berear and search the Scriptures daily whether those things are so Acts 17:11
II Corinthians 11:5
For I suppose I was not a whit
behind the very chiefest apostles.
Verse 5: The apostle Paul boasted not in himself here. God appointed him to be a apostle and he was not lower than the chiefest apostles. He came to the conclusion that he has not been in anything less than the other or chiefest apostles in his day. This was to defend himself against people who say that he was not a apostle or could not have been a apostle because of his speech or how he came over with all weakness and trembling.
II Corinthians 11:6
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge;
but we have been throughly made manifest among
you in all things
Verse 6: The speech of the apostle Paul was not so very well but it was in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was not rude in knowledge. The knowledge he had was from our Lord Jesus Christ through revelations made clear to him directly from heaven to him! Let us read Galatians 1:12: "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ" And in Ephesians 3: 3 and 4 we read: "How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ" And than he said to the Corinthian believers which were not convinced of him that he was the apostle of the Gentiles he spoke these words: we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things. In all things: not only in words but also in the practice: the walk with our Lord Jesus Christ: He worked through the apostle Paul and made manifest all the things: His Word, the practical walk, the attitude and more. People could recognize that it was true in general! So brothers and sisters if we know the truth the Gospel of the Grace of God and stand for it let us walk like Paul did with his co workers so that it is not only theory but also practical that we may like him and like Titus be a example for believers and unbelievers in this world wherein we live.
II Corinthians 11:7
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself
that ye might be exalted, because I have
preached to you the Gospel of God freely?
Verse 7: Again in this verse Paul is still defending himself as apostle. A lot of people in the church of Corinth didn't believe that he was a apostle, that he was the apostle to the Gentiles and they were Gentiles originally! The Jews of Judea told them not to listen to Paul and came with another Gospel and other false things and the Corinthian believers hearkened to them instead to Paul and the Word of His Grace which the apostle Paul proclaimed. And here he goes on in defending himself: He said have I sinned when I (Paul) abased himself. He humiliate himself so that they might be exalted. We know and the Corinthian saints knew it too that the apostle Paul was no orator. Rather he preached the Gospel of the Grace of God in simple language and this was the power of his message. The apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 2:4: "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing persuasive words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. The apostle Paul didn't parade his learning but this does not mean that he was not a learned man. He, Paul was a intellectual man and had a good knowdledge of the Scriptures. People from Judea accused him and say he is not a qualified preacher, much less a apostle. The Gospel he preached was freely. He didn't asked money for the preaching of the Gospel of the Grace of God! I Corinthians 9: 14 tells us the following: "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel" With other words get paid for preaching the Word of Gods Grace Acts 20:24. Paul and his co workers never used it. They give it freely! Yes we can be paid for preaching the Gospel of Gods Grace and rightly dividing. If you preach the Word of Gods Grace in a local church and the people from the church will pay you it is good because God had ordained this. It is only Gods Word of Grace Acts 20:24. No other Gospel because there is no other Gospel. Another Gospel is a mixture nowadays and is false and is a lie. Read Galatians 1:6-9. There is no other Gospel than the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery!!! This Gospel builds us up and stablish us as believers in Christ. A "Gospel" that is not according the revelation of the mystery is not a Gospel and not Good News my dear brothers and sisters! Think about this for yourselves. My belief about people who are paid for a false Gospel they preached is not correct! We give it over to God Who will judge this later at the rapture! I Corinthians 3: 11-16. It is God who tells us this and these are not my words my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 11:8
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them,
to do you service
Verse 8: What does the apostle Paul say here in this verse? I robbed other churches? The apostle Paul says that he was a robber because he robbed other churches so he would not to have to rob them. The Judaizer were really robbing them. They told them not to listen to the apostle Paul namely to listen to the message of Grace. So they robbed the believers of Corinth and say to them that the apostle Paul could not have been a apostle.
II Corinthians 11:9
And when I was present with you, and wanted,
I was chargeable to no man: for that which was
lacking to me the brethren which came
from Macedonia supplied: and in all
things I have kept myself from being
burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself
Verse 9: The apostle Paul tells us here that he asked nothing from the Corinthian saints when he was with them a long time. He Paul preached the Gospel freely what we have seen without costs. Think about this and think about the poor Macedonian believers supporting Paul while he worked on the rich Corinthians and lived among them and he made it certain that he would not be in any way a burden to them. This was a very good attitude and he Paul was learned by our Lord to live like this. They, the Corinthian church could have paid him but he didn't ask them to give him money for the preaching. The Macedonian believers were in their attitude much far better than the Corinthian believers. They were a example how to help the poor and he Paul was helped by them because they supplied him. For us brothers and sisters this is something to think about it if we follow the apostle Paul as he followed Jesus Christ according the revelation of the mystery! Romans 16:25-26. We know now our Lord Jesus Christ not after the flesh but He is our Lord in heaven my dear brothers and sisters!!! Read 2 Corinthians 5:16
II Corinthians 11:10
As the truth of Christ is in me,
no man shall stop me of this
boasting in the regions of Achaia
Verse 10: The truth was and this is that Christ was in the apostle Paul through His Spirit and he boasted in Christ and that He was living in him. But also the truth of Christ, the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God was in Paul. No human being could stop him from this boasting and he was boasting and glad about it: also in the regions of Achaia. This is really a lesson for us my dear brothers and sisters that Christ is living in us through His Spirit and also that we learned the truth: the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Colossians 1:5-6. And the same as Paul we can boast in it if we know the truth and made it our own. If you don't know the truth of Christ learn it through the epistles of the apostle Paul!
II Corinthians 11:11
Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth
Verse 11: The apostle Paul boasted that the truth of Christ was in him. He, Paul was criticized by the people of Judea who say to the Corinthian saints that they should not listen to him and the Gospel of the Grace of God which he proclaimed to them because his appearance when he was with them looked on the outside not so strong. So Paul boasted in Christ and the truth and not that he did not loved them. God knoweth. He knows everything. God is omnicient!
II Corinthians 11: 12
But what I do, that I will do, that I amy
cut off occasion from them which desire
occasion; that wherein they glory, they may
be found even as we
Verse 12: The Judean people convinced some of the Corinthian believers that Paul was not qualified to be a preacher much less an apotle. They were no match for a man as the apostle Paul because Paul pointed to his manner of life to cut off occasion form them which desire occasion that wherien they glory they may be found evens as we like a fragile human being. They were no better than the apostle Paul and the apostle here says that we are all fragile as men.
II Corinthians 11:13
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves
into the apostles of Christ
Verse 13: The apostle Paul is very clear about the Judaizers who had infiltrated the Corinthian church to destroy Paul's apostolic authority and his God gvien message of Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26. They, these men of Judea were false apostles, deceitful workers and transforming themselve into the apostles of Christ. The devil used these persons to resist the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God which the apostle Paul preached. In Acts 15 we read that false brethren were to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus that they might bring us into bondage Galatians 2:4. And in Galatians 2:5 we read the following: "To whom we gave palce by subjection, no, not for an hour, that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you" With the truth the apostle Paul could resist false doctrines and knew how to deal with it. As we know the Gospel of Grace and rightly dividing the Word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15 we know also which is false and how to deal with people who speak false things. And in this day 2000 years later we have a lot of evil men and seducers, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13. Let us stand for the truth the Gospel of the Grace of God and rigtly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15 so that no false doctrines come into our lives and that from other to whom we preach .
II Corinthians 11:14
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light
Verse 14: Under the Dispensation of Grace now satan himself is transformed into an angel of light! What does that mean? A lot of people think that satan has horns, hooves, a tail and a pitchfork. A lot of persons portrait satan like this. But is this so? Satan is the prince and god of this world, he wants a good world without Christ, Who died to save its sinners. Satan himself is a artist, a imitator who conceived this portrait so that he might not be readily recognized. He, satan teaches his hearers to be good and do good so that they may feel better about themselves. And his ministers are transformed as the ministers of righteousness. They aren't ministers of righteousness but it looks like that! What satan hates is the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and rightly dividing 2 Timothy 2:15. He makes every effort to resist the Truth and how to read your Bible and tell lies. He is very good in it and he uses believers to preach those lies and uses many ways to resist the Truth!
II Corinthians 11:15
Therefore is it no great thing if his ministers also be transformed
as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according
to their works
Verse 15: The ministers of satan are also transformed as the ministers of righteousness! Who are the ministers my brothers and sisters? That are men and women in this world. The apostle Paul warns us in II Timothy 3 verse 13: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived". Satan is the father of lies and it not to amaze that these deceitful workers should be transformed into the apostles of Christ. With other words nog big deal! Their outlook is wholly humanistic. An example is people who are nowadays busy with mindfulness and say also that we have today also Christian mindfulness. Some of these persons give lessons or workshops in it and it looks and sounds very well but it is against God's Word my brothers and sisters. These people say that you are good and if you do good than so that many feel better about themselves. It is focused on yourself and not on the Word of God! So awake my brothers and sisters and stay awake and beware of these practices! The devil is behind such practices and tries to get us away from the Word of Gods Grace!
Whose end shall be according to their works: What does that mean? Well they aren't the ministers of righteousness so my opinion here is that they are unbelievers who satan uses to resist the truth my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 11:16
I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise,
yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little
Verse 16: The Corinthian church was a large church and as they grew in number they invited preacher after preacher in their church and they did question Paul's qualifications and minimize his apostleship and boasted of these other preachers. The apostle Paul in I Corinthians 4: 15 and 16 tell them the following: "For though ye have then thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. Whereof I beseech you, be ye followers of me" Paul when he came to them in Corinth he came as a tent-maker and recommended by nobody. Alle those 18 months he never asked the people money for his preachings and teachings from the Word of Gods Grace. But the Corinthian believers through all those new preachers forgot Paul and what he had teached them about the Word of God and because of others who say that he was maybe a fool or not a apostle he says here in his defend that they had to receive me as a fool so that he could boast. He always boasted in Christ Who did the work through him.
II Corinthians 11:17
That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were
foolishly, in this confidence of boasting
Verse 17: The apostle Paul apologizes for his boasting here in these verses in his epistle to the Corinthian saints. He knew that boasting is foolish but the Corinthian saints had forced him to remind them of his qualifications. If his apostleship was no apostleship that would mean that the Gospel of the Grace of God Paul proclaimed to them and to others was nothing more than a product of his imagination so that's why it was necessary to boast but there was no other way to convince them.
II Corinthians 11:18
Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also
Verse 18: So to acknowledge that boasting is foolish he says in this verse and in the following verse that he too like them will glory in his flesh because there were a lot of people in the Corinthian church who glory after the flesh. They were egoistic persons and felt themselves better than others. They became slaves of their pride. They were so proud about themselves. You see this nowadays more and more in this world and also a lot in the so named Christian world. But pride my dear brothers and sisters comes before the fall. Let us put away our pride and let us be humble ourselves before God and give Him the honour and glory and His Word of Grace Acts 20:32 wich builds us up!!!
II Corinthians 11:19
For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise
Verse 19: Many of the Corinthians saints saw themselves as wise. The apostle Paul says here for ye suffer fools gladly. this was cutting sarcasm, but they well deserved it. Paul may have had the principle of Proverbs 26:5 in mind: Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. He Paul confronted them with sarcasm and they well deserved it.
Verse 26: The apostle Paul was in all kinds of perils. His whole life here on earth in Christ was dangerous. Here in this verse he summed up all the dangers he endured. No other man was and is in such a danger as the apostle Paul in his life. Everywhere he went with the Gospel of the Grace of God he suffered and had perils. Everywhere there was danger. His hope was in Christ Who helped him through all this. We can learn a lot of it my dear brothers and sisters and just as the apostle Paul we can say and certainly in the perilous times we are living in and with the coronavirus all over the world we are more than conguerors in Christ Who loved us and loves us everyday. We too are in Him everyday, every second of the day and He is always with us! We have not to forget this specially in this difficult times now at the moment. We too have to bring everything in prayer with all thanksgiving and the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus Philippians 4:6-7.
II Corinthians 11:27
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often,
in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold
Verse 27: The apostle Paul his life was a life of perils and he endured a lot of sufferings. Here in this verse weariness and pain. Hunger and thirst! Do you know my brother and sister what is hunger and thirst? We know it is becoming more worser now in the world we live in but really hunger and thirst is awful to undergo. Also cold and nakedness. Think about this the apostle was a lot of times in prison. The prisons he was in were not like the prisons we know. Prisons were dungeons and you were not sure you survived this! The Lord was with Paul and saved him from this all! And like the apostle Paul the Lord is with us also in this difficult time we live now in. Trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and let Him rule through His Spirit and with Gods Word your heart.
II Corinthians 11:28
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily,
the care of all the churches.
Verse 28: The apostle Paul is saying here in this verse that beside the persecutions and perils which he daily, yes daily dealt with he had also the care of all the churches. All the churches in Asia, in Greece, in Rome, in Israel (Jerusalem Judea), Antioch Syria, churches on Cyprus. That were a lot of churches. Not one church he says. Than you have a good oversight but all the churches and that is more complicated. Sure in all those churches you had leaders or more people who had the oversight: the overseers or bishops. That's why he asked Titus in Titus 1: 5 the following: "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the ghings that are wanting, ande ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee. Titus could not do the whole work alone so he had to ordain elders so that the could rule with him the churches there! This is also in a local church my dear brothers and sisters. One is the pastor and the ones who help him in the local church are the elders and deacons and women who could take care about the children and do the singing etc. Also are these people needy for spiritual growth. The apostle Paul had the care of all the churches! Through all this the Lord was with the apostle Paul and helped him.
II Corinthians 11: 29
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is offended, and I burn not?
Verse 29: The apostle Paul is speaking to the Corinthian saints: who is weak and I am not weak. He just summed up what kind of perils and persecutions he had endured for Christ. So to endure all this he says I am weak. Now the other question who is offended or disturbed? And I burn not. The lived from the self important Judaizers was not to be compared with the life of the apostle Paul. The apostle Paul my dear brothers and sisters was the man of suffered most of us for Christ!
II Corinthians 11:30
If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things
which concern mine infirmities
Verse 30: The apostle Paul gloried in infirmities. He did not even with to glory in his sufferings but was forced to do so in defense of his apostleship. If it was necessary for him to glory he rather glory in his sufferings than in his accomplishments. Ultimately Paul gloried in our Lord Jesus Christ because of helping him through all his infirmities. We read in II Corinthians 12 verse 10 the following: "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" My dear brothers and sisters the apostle Paul is really a example for us because we know from ourselves that we are also weak but in Christ we are strong! Let this be encourage us too in this difficult time we endure here in this world now with the corona viruscrisis! Let us follow the apostle Paul also in this 1 Corinthians 11:1, I Corinthians 4:15-16!
II Corinthians 11:31
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not
Verse 31: My dear brothers and sisters. The Word of Grace which the apostle Paul proclaimed knew and know that he didn't lie. The Gospel of Grace is the truth. God is true, He cannot lie! We as members of the Body of Christ can trust Him 100 %. Men cannot trust men 100%. Why? We are sinners from nature Romands 5:12 because of Adam my dear brothers and sisters! In Ephesians 1 verse 3 we read: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" And here in this verse He is blessed for evermore! In I Timothy 1 verse 11 we read: "According to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" TItus 1 verse 2 we read again: "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began" God was and is Paul's Witness: For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers" Romans 1:9. It is and was God's inspirired Word what God through Paul proclaimed to this world.2 Timothy 3:16. My dear brothers and sisters: God our Father and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot sin so He cannot lie. In Him is the truth because He is the Truth! He is the true God. Beside Him there is no god! The apostle Paul was for 100% sure that God the Father was his witness and knew that he didn't lie. We as members of the Body of Christ can trust Him always. His Word the Gospel of Gods Grace is the truth for today! Read all the 13 epistles of the apostle Paul that is what I advice you my dear brothers and sisters and now in this time of crisis and uncertainty do it. A real joy will come over you and ask God to enlighten you to understand the Scriptures!
II Corinthians 11:32-33
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city
of Damascenes with a garrison, disirous to apprehend me.
And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall,
and escaped his hand.
Verse 32 and 33: This verse corresponds with the Scriptures of Acts 9 in verse 22 we begin: "But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: Bt their laying awat was known of Saul. and they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. Who was Aretas the King? Aretas (the name was hereditary, and was the Greek form of the Arabic Haret), the King of the Nabathæan Arabs, who had his capital at Petra, who was the father of the first wife of Herod Antipas (see Note on Matthew 14:1). The governor under Aretas tried to catch Paul. Paul knew from this and the disciples let him down by the wall in a basket. So Paul escaped out of his hands. This ends this chapter 11!
II Corinthians 12 verse 1
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions
and revelations of the Lord.
Verse 1: It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast the apostle Paul is saying here. Not boasting in himself but he will come he said with vision and revelations of the Lord. To the Galatian saints Paul spoke those words in Galatians 2 verse 2: "And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain" In Acts 26 verse 16 we read: But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee" So God appeared to the apostle Paul more times through revelations and made unto him known the whole Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, the whole Mystery my dear brothers and sisters! Romans 16:25-26! until it was fulfilled! Colossians 1:25-26. Read those Scriptures! Visions are seen and revelations are heard and it is very significant that when the apostle Paul saw the Lord he heard Him too speaking to him! Paul saw our Lord in His ascended glory in heaven as the twelve apostles never seen him.
II Corinthians 12:2
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the
body I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth)
such an one caught up to the third heaven
Verse 2: My dear brothers and sisters the apostle Paul is speaking about a person, a man and this was 14 years ago when he wrote the Second epistle to the Corinthian saints. The apostle Paul is speaking about an event that 14 years previous took place. The apostle Paul was stoned at Lystra and was dragged out of the city and left there suppodly dead. But while the disciples stood around him he rose up and came into the city Acts 13:19 and 20. The apostle Paul doesn't say that it was his own experience when he was stoned there at Lystra. He is speaking of the new man in Christ here. What I believe from this verse is that the apostle Paul was it. Paul was caught up to the third heaven when he was stoned there at Lystra. This experience took place 14 years before he was writing these Corinthian saints for the second time. He doesn't know whether it was in the body of out of the body and surely God Almighty knows it. He knows everything! Our God is omniscient my dear brothers and sisters! At the apostle's conversion nearby Damascus he saw the Lord as the twelve apostles had never seen the Lord in glory brighter than the brightness of the noon day sun. Paul saw Him in His ascended glory in heaven. But the Lord appeared to the apostle Paul to reveal something to him: But rise and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee"
II Corinthians 12:3
I knew such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell
Verse 3: My dear brothers and sisters: the apostle Paul is speaking here in this verse the same things which he already spoke in verse 2! This event is so important for the apostle Paul to tell it twice here. It was above his mind and so it is for us to read this!
II Corinthians 12:4
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard
unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man
Verse 4: Caught up into paradise! Oh how wonderful it must be there and to see this! Paradise is now in heaven and in the Third Heaven where God thrones, where He is. So wonderful was this experience that Paul was not quite sure whether God had taken him bodily to heaven, or whether his spirit had left his body. Sure he was caught up into paradise. No doubt about that and God caught him up into paradise! The third heaven is the same as paradise the heaven of heavens of God where He dwells. Men fly above clouds and the heaven of the planets because men have walked on the moon but men cannot get to Gods heaven without God's help! This is really to think about my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ! God let Paul hear things unspeakable words which is not lawful for a man to utter. These words could not be spoken by men. Paul never spoke of this event and only 14 years later he spoke about it to let the Judaizers in Corinth think that what he had experienced was greater than their pride and power. My dear brothers and sisters: our hope is in heaven and we will go there only when we die physically or till our Lord Jesus Christ will return for us as the Body of Christ to bring us there! Philippians 3: 20-21. Paul knew that God was with him and that all was well and we my dear brothers and sisters over the whole world, we know also for sure that God is with us Romans 8:31-39 and we too as are very well in Christ save and secure for all eternity! Also in the days we are now in with the worldwide Corona virus we are save and secure in Christ! That does not say that we have to be careful for our lives here on earth! We have a task: just as the apostle Paul to proclaim the Gospel of the Grace of God to all our fellow men. We have to be very serious in this and follow the instructions of the governments of our countries. However we have not the Spirit of fear. I Timothy 1:7 says: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" Believe this Word of God and hold fast the sound Doctrine that is the Gospel of the Grace of God! Acts 20:24, 32, Romans 16:25-26.
II Corinthians 12:5
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory,
but in mine infirmities
Verse 5: Of that man who was caught up into paradise the apostle Paul gloried. From himself he would not glory he said. Only he gloried in his infirmities. The man he was speaking about that was himself. We as members of the Body of Christ have not seen God's glory as Paul did. We share God's glory through His Word of Grace and one day we shall enter into heaven and shall see His Glory in paradise my dear brothers and sisters Philippians 3:20-21. It shall be in one moment, in a twinkling of a eye. We read in I Corinthians 15:51-52: Behold, I shew you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shll be changed" This will take place in the near future my dear brothers and sisters! We don't know when. It is very important because this moment is near that we tell other people who are without Christ that they will accept Christ as their Savior before it is to late because now is the day of salvation and tomorrow we don't know if this is still possible to do. Read I Corinthians 6:2.! Till that moment of the Rapture of the Church we are ambassadors for Christ my dear brothers and sisters and we can share the Love of God through His Son Jesus Christ to people!
II Corinthians 12:6
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will
say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me
above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me
Verse 6: The apostle Paul didn't become proud or gloried in himself. He told the truth to people in this world and through the Word of God's Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26 he became famous. The truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Colossians 1:5-6 was not empty boasting. He is very serious here because his great concern ws that nobody rob God of the glory and give it to Paul. He just wanted that others have an honest estimate of him and the work of the ministry God gave to Paul . Here the Word of Romans 12 verse 3: For I say, through the Grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly thatn he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. My dear brothers and sisters: our apostle Paul was and is a example of this humble attitude after many years God called him into the ministry of Grace. Let us follow him in this example too! Let us not be proud of ourselves. The Gospel of God's Grace and the right cutting is very important. Although we should watch out that we not become proud and place us above other people! This is so very easy to do! Maybe we don't understand that so many people don't know the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and rightly dividing. Once we didn't know either and were also in false doctrines! Now we know God's truth and rightly dividing but are we better than our brothers and sisters who doesn't know yet? No is the answer for this question. We are no better because they just like us are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8-9. We are just as weak as they are and God hold them too. He cares also for them. Oh brothers and sisters we have to learn a lot from the verses here in II Corinthians! We have to go on our knees and pray to God our Father in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ that many brothers and sisters become to know this wonderful Gospel of the Grace of God and the rightly dividing! 2 Timothy 2:15 so that they too can understand this and their lives will be changed! And also for the unbelievers today in all uncertainty that they will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and be saved.
II Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the
abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a
thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure
Verse 7: The apostle Paul had a lot of revelations (abundance)in his life wherein the Lord told him further on about the truth until Colossians 1:25 that the Word of God is fulfilled. When the apostle wrote these words the Word of God was complete! And we have now the whole Bible from Genesis until the end of Revelation! Because of these revelations of God Paul got a thorn in the flesh. It was a messenger of satan who buffet him so that he should not exalt himself above measure. Probably he hadn't good eyes. To the Galatian saints he said the following words: Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? For I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me" Because of the revelations you can imagine that this has a lot of influence on your eyes. The apostle Paul wasn't perfect in his flesh, he was weak and we too my brothers and sisters are weak as the rest of the world is now really weak with this Pandemia! We have this mortal body and this body cannot go to heaven. That's why we get a new body Philippians 3:20-21. As long as we are in this body we are weak persons and we have to take care about our bodies because it is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in us! I Corinthians 6: 19-20. As far as good we keep it in a good condition if this can! Some of us have not a good condition because they have diseases like auto immune diseases or heart problems etc.
II Corinthians 12:8
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it
might depart from me
Verse 8: The apostle Paul had this thorn in the flesh and he prayed and asked God if He would take it away from him. This was 3 times. 3 times he asked this! 3 is a holy number in the Bible, God's Word my dear brothers and sisters. I do not know how much you have asked God that certain things will depart from yourself or out of this world like the world wide crisis we live in now as human beings. Under God's sovereingnity it happened to him and we do not know which kind of pain he had and that it hindered him. We understand very well and really now the evil and diseases in this world. Satan buffet Paul with the thorn. The word buffet is to beat, to strike with the fist. Stop and think about this that Paul had letters to write, trips to take, sermons to preach, churches to visit and dangers to face as he ministered and you can understand now how serious matter this was. No wonder that he prayed three times for this difficulty in his life, that this affliction might be removed from him what we see here. It is normal if you pray that God will take away it from you (deliverance)
II Corinthians 12:9
And He said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me
Verse 9: What kind of answer the Lord gave to Paul and also to us under this Dispensation of Grace Ephesians 3:1-3? Yes My Grace is sufficeint for thee! His Grace that we are saved by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone is sufficient! God had another message for Paul, a message of Grace. This is God's provision for our every need when we need it. God does not give us what we do deserve. His Grace is all sufficient for our spiritual ministry 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, and our material needs 2 Corinthians 9 verse 8 and our physical needs 2 Corinthians 12:9. And now with this worldwide pandemia today we have to trust in God's Grace everyday. We don't know how long this will be in this world! Read His Word of Grace my dear brothers and sisters: Romans until the end of Philemon if you are in quarantine! Now is the time to read and study and share the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 with others through Multimedia or E mail or write each other letters and so we can comfort each other! We cannot see each other in local churches but still we can do this on this manner! His strength is made perfect in weakness. Through this weakness we are in now we can receive His strength! This is a contineous process. There is also a answer of Paul and that is that he accepted his affliction. He says here therefore gladly will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. We like the apostle Paul have this assurance of God too my dear brothers and sisters and we can be also thankful for the things we have already namely His Grace and eternal life and hope for all eternity! A lot of people in this world live without God. Think about that and pray for them that they to the insight that they are sinners and need a Savior and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved too just as we my dear brothers and sisters. Time is running so fast and the time is near that God in Christ will take us home I Corinthians 15:51-53! Worldwide we can share this Gospel of Grace through Media! This is a real benefit my dear brothers and sisters. Let's pray for each other in the situation everyone of us are in
II Corinthians 12 verse 10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am
weak, then am I strong
Verse 10: Because God had said to the apostle Paul that His Grace is sufficient and that His strength is made perfect in weakness the apostle Paul took pleasure in infirmities. What are infirmities? The condition of being feeble : frailty. Reproaches? Disappointments. Necessities? The state or fact of being required. Persecutions is that we already know. In distresses for Chris's sake. Extreme pain. So the apostle Paul suffered a lot, not only spiritual, also physical. He said here for when I am weak then am I strong, strong in Christ he was. His Grace was sufficient and Paul's hope was Christ and the Rapture of the Church, the salvation of our earthly bodies and to get a new body. Yes my brothers and sisters we too get this new body when we are in heaven with the Rapture of the Church! Philippians 3:20-21. Romans 8:18 says us: "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us"
II Corinthians 12 verse 11
I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought
to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the
very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing
Verse 11: The Apostle Paul had become a fool in glorying but they, the saints in Corinth with the Jewish men from Judea had put him in such a position that he had to defend his apostleship and the Gospel of the Grace of God! They should have been proud of him for in nothing he was behind the very chiefest apostles in learing, in working of signs, wonders and mighty deeds, in the evidences of his God given apostleship. They, the Corinthian saints should have recognized this. He recognized that he was nothing. This means that he understood that it was only by Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone he became the apostle Paul. He was before Saul the sinner, the blashemer, the murderer. Brothers and sisters: we are the same as Paul sinners. We are not better than him. Maybe we have not murdered people like Paul but whom of us wished not that some persons you know it would be better for them not to live! This is also sin my dear brothers and sisters. Or that we fight with other believers because of false things or that we are proud of ourselves! Let us follow the apostle Paul in our lives my dear brothers and sisters and humble ourselves before God and men. Let us read I Corinthians 3 verse 7: "So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase"
II Corinthians 12 verse 12
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all
patience, in signs, and wonders and mighty deeds
Verse 12: The Corinthian saints had seen Paul in action when he was with them. He had done among them the miraculous signs that proved his apostleship he said to them. He cared about them and was in patience with them and he had cost the church nothing. God wrought through the apostle Paul in wonders and mighty deeds. From himself the apostle couldn't do this and this was that in that time God's Word was not complete. After Colossians 1;25, Act 28;28 the Word of God became complete from Genesis until the end of Revelation. Prophecy disappeared so the wonders and signs which God worked with because of His dealings with Isarel disappeared.
II Corinthians 12 verse 13
For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that
I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong
Verse 13: Had the apostle Paul made of the Corinthian church and inferior church? In no way except that the apostle Paul labored among them all that time he was with them he asked no money and they gave him no salary and with a kind of sarcasm he said on the end Forgive me this wrong. The apostle Paul never asked money from people. When Paul came in Corinth we read in Acts 18 verse 1-3 the following words: After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; and found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from rome and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers" We see the apostle Paul had a business and worked with his own hands and had his own income with the tents he made. In the time of Paul you had a lot of people who were living in tents like the nomads! In I Thessalonians 2 verse 9 we read the words of the apostle Paul to the believers in Thessalonica: "For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the Gospel of God" I Thessalonians 2:9 And in II Thessalonian 3 verse 7 8 and 9 "For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us; for we behaved not ourselves disordely among you; Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you" Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. To the Corinthian saints in I Corinthians 9 verse 14 the apostle Paul wrote them already the following: Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel"Which Gospel he tell us : Answer the Gospel of the Grace of God. Not a false doctrine what you hear in the Christian world: a mix of the Gospel of the Kingdom and a little bit Grace, Law and Grace. And the apostle goes on in verse 15 of I Corinthians: "But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, thatn that any man should make my glorying void" So we see enough proof why the apostle Paul didn't ask people money for which he proclaimed namely the Word of Gods Grace, the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and Romans 16:25-26. It is for our example my dear brothers and sisters to follow also in this. So the Corinthian saints couldn't say something wrong or say bad things about the apostle Paul about this. In this difficult times now my dear brothers and sisters some of us has to stay home and have to work at home which is a order from the government or the local government. At least we have a job and can work at home. We should be thankful for that and thank God everyday even though it is very difficult now! And for all my brothers and sisters who lost their jobs this is really difficult and very hard. Remember that you are in Christ and that you have eternal life in Him. In all the difficulties now let us rejoice in our Lord. Philippians 4 verse 4 tells us: Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice" God knows you and know your pain. Bring everything in prayer and we see in Philippians 4 verse 6: "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus" He never leaves you and me my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 12 verse 14
Behold the third time I am ready to come to you: and I will
not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you:
for the children ought not to lay up for the parents,
but the parents for the children
Verse 14: The apostle Paul was ready to come to the Corinthian saints a third time and the saints of Corinth must expect the same from him because he never sought money from them (seek not yours), not their goods but it was them. He Paul desired to present them as a chaste virgin to Christ! He wanted them for our Lord Jesus Christ. What about the personal finances: the children had not to lay up for the parents but the parents for the children. He Paul would the best for them. It was very difficult with that group of believers overthere in Corinth.
II Corinthians 12 verse 15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the
more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved
Verse 15: The apostle Paul would gladly spend and be spent of the Corinthian saints. But what had been the results of this care for them? Sadly and we can read the words: the more abundantly I love you he said the less I be loved. He was not loved by them, the Corinthians saints. They doubted on his apostleship if he was really an apostle! They wouldn't give money for the poor we have seen. The Judean men came into Corinth and asked and adviced them not to listen to the apostle Paul and to the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24. It must be a bitter pill for the apostle Paul but he accepted it. We see this in the next verse
II Corinthians 12 verse 16
But it is so, I did not burden you: nevertheless,
being crafty, I caught you with guile.
Verse 16: The apostle Paul accepted their unloving attitude towards him as a matter of fact. It made him not bitter. He said to the Corinthian saints I did not burden you. This was important in his defense of his apostleship. The apostle Paul was not a crafty person because his deepest desire was to commend himself to every man's conscience in the sight of God. We read again in II Corinthians 4 verse 2: But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God". He had caught them with guile. It looks like humor here in this verse.
II Corinthians 12 verse 17
Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
Verse 17: The apostle Paul asked here the Corinthian saints in defending his apostleship if he had made a gain of them or by any whom he sent to them. The ones he send to the Corinthian believers was Titus and a brother in the Lord Jesus Christ, fellow workers in the Lord's Work . Co workers of Paul. He had send Titus and the brother to Corinth with the purpose to find out how it was with the promised gifts Corinthian saints would do to the poor saints in Jerusalem. The brother who was with Titus was as witness . This verse let you see that the apostle Paul walked righteously in our Lord Jesus Christ. He walked upright so that he never was to blame for his attitude and walk. We can learn a lot of this my dear brothers and sisters and also specially now in this time of crisis the wish to have to walk upright in our Lord Jesus Christ and walk like the apostle Paul did in his time which was also a very difficult time! So make the Word of Grace of God your own my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 12:18
I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a
gain of you? Walked we not in the same spirit? Walked we not in
the same steps?
Verse 18: Titus with the brother were send to the Corinthian saints to see what was going on and why they kept not their promise to give goods and money for the poor saints in Jerusalem. He had to convince them to do it and the brother who was with Titus was a witness of this. The apostle Paul asked them Did Titus make a gain of you? Titus would be the last person to use the situation to his own personal advantage. So the apostle Paul continued in saying: walked we not in the same Spirit and in the same steps? The apostle Paul was convinced about that but the Corinthian saints were not convinced that's why he asked them this to convince them and that they would say heartily yes!
II Corinthians 12 verse 19
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you?
We speak before God in Christ: but we do all
things, dearly beloved, for your edifying
Verse 19 Had the apostle to apologize himself and also his co workers for the work of the Lord they did in the local church at Corinth, their attitude they had between them? No not at all. The apostle Paul said: we speak before God in Christ. And God knew that Paul didn't lie. In II Corinthians 11 vers 31 we read already: "The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. He Paul spoke before God and his co workers too. They, Pau and Titus and others like Lucas did all things for the edifying of the believers in Corinth. And so my brothers and sisters: what we know from God's Word, we can tell also other persons and edify them too. Now it is impossible to come together because of this pandemia, but we can use the internet my dear brothers and sisters and can tell people through this medium the Good News of the Grace of God Acts 20:24!
II Corinthians 12 verse 20
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you
such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you
such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envying,
wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings,
Verse 20: This is a very serious saying the apostle Paul mentioned here in this verse. He was really afraid about the Corinthian believers when he would come another time to them. He said that he would not find them to be what he had hoped for and they would not find him to be what they had hoped for. There will be debates= a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, or discussions, Envyings: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. Wraths: extreme anger. strifes: fighting or arguing violently, Backbitings: unpleasant and unkind words that are said about someone who is not there. Whisperings; A secretly or surreptitiously expressed belief, rumor, or hint: whispers of scandal. Swellings: this has to do with pride, selfishness. Tumults: loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people. The history repeats itself. What we saw in the first epistle that will happen when the apostle would come again to them. Now the question for us are we better than the Corinthian saints? No not at all. This can also be our attitude because of sin. We can learn a lot of it my brothers and sisters how we have to behave ourselves at home, on our work or wherever we are.
II Corinthians 12 verse 21
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble
me among you, and that I shall bewail many which
have sinned already, and have not repented of the
uncleanness and fornication and lasciviouness
which they have committed
Verse 21: This last verse of this chapter shows how the apostle Paul was very concerned about the Corinthian saints because their moral condition had remained until the time when Paul wrote this verse to them. They had not changed their minds: that's where it starts the mind of men. If men change their minds this has a very big influence on the attitude of men. It will also change the attitude. In verse 10 of chapter 13 we read the following words: "Therefore I write these things being absent, lets being present i should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction" Paul's aim was to edify the Corinthian saints and not to destruction. When he would be with them this above things would continue: the ones who did uncleanness and fornicate and lasciviousness will not repent from it! This was a bleak prospect what the apostle Paul had in mind but it was reality. Today it is not better. We hear a lot of bad things in the worldwide church today.
Men had not learned from the past and now with this worldwide crisis I hope and pray that men will change their minds and surely the unbelievers in this world without God begin to realize that they are sinners and need the Savior of this world Jesus Christ. Now today is the day of salvation I Corinthians 6:2. Tomorrow can be to late. If you are not saved as person realize that you are a sinner and believe that Christ died for your sins on that cross on Calvary, was buried and is risen from the dead. He is alive and He wants to save you from eternal death. Believe now on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou will be saved. Saved forever and that is more than to keep you safe from the virus who is now one of the biggest enemies of this world. Read Acts 16 verse 31!!! Do the same as the Philippian jailor, who wanted to kill himself, asked what must I do to be saved. And he got the answer Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, thou and thine house" Acts 16:27-34. He believed and was saved and you can do the same my friend if you have not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior!!! Do it now before it is to late!!!!
II Corinthians Chapter 13 verse 1
This is the third time I am coming to you.
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every
word be established
Verse 1: The apostle Paul was preparing tot visit the Corinthian saints fo the third time and with this the words of the Old Scriptual way: in the mouth of two of three witnesses shall every word be established. In Deuteronomy 19 verse 15 we see where the apostle Paul had it from: "One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witness, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established" You see my dear brothers and sisters 2 or 3 witnesses are necessary for every word be established. We see here that Paul had visit the Corinthian church a second time. We don't see it in the Scriptures. What we do know is that it was not be a pleasant visit because their walk was so carnal and a lot of the Corinthian saints hasn't changed their minds and so also their walk.
II Corinthians Chapter 13 verse 2
I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present,
the second time; and being absent now I write to the
which heretofore have sinned, and to all other,
that, if I come again, I will not spare
Verse 2: The apostle Paul now writes in this verse to those who have been sinning in the Corinthian church, and to all the rest of people that if he comes again, according ot his plans (the third time) he will not spare. This was his warning which means here in the battle. Paul was declaring war on anybody who opposed the authority of God's Word. The opponents had said Let Paul prove he is a true apostle. Paul's reply on that was Like Jesus Christ I am strong when it appears I am weak. On the cross the Lord Jesus Christ manifested weakness but the cross is still the power of God my dear brothers and sisters! Paul had warned already in 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 and had said to his readers not to look on the surface of things but to look deeper. . We too as brothers and sisters look weak in this world but in Christ we are very strong!
II Corinthians 13 verse 3
Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you ward
is not weak, but is mighty in you
Verse 3: The Corinthian saints were doubting if the apostle Paul was a apostle of Jesus Christ. They began to doubt when the men of Judea entered the congregation and told them not to listen to Paul and the message of Grace he proclaimed. It looked that Paul was weak and physically he was weak but the life and strength Paul got from the Lord Jesus Christ Who strengthen him daily. And so God also strengthen us daily just as the apostle Paul was strengthened by His Word my dear brothers and sisters. He was mighty in the Corinthian saints and God is mighty also today in us my dear brothers and sisters. You can trust on Him, do not trust on yourselves! By God's power we are strenghtened. It is the resurrection power my dear brothers and sisters who is working in us and when you don't feel it this is proofed by Gods Word of Grace Acts 20:32. Indeed God was speaking through Paul. In I Corinthians 14 verse 37 we read: "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord" Here you have a proof of it and he wrote already this to the Corinthian saints in the first Epistle!!! To Timothy the apostle Paul wrote the words: Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity" I Timothy 2:7. In Romans 1:9 we read: For God is my Witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in mhy prayers" II Corinthians 11:31: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessd for evermore, knoweth that I lie not" God was speaking through the apostle Paul. What a wonderful God we have. He is omniscient! Thank God that is He is faithful and that His mystery, kept secret before the world was made by Him, made known through the apostle Paul and is now known in our Bibles in the epistles of the apostle Paul my dear brothers and sisters.
II Corinthians 13 verse 4
For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth
by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him,
but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you
Verse 4: The apostle Paul describes here in this verse that our Lord was crucified through weakness. In Philippians 2 verse 7, 8 and 9 we read: "But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name" He Christ, became obedient as a servant and died on the cross for you and me on Calvary my dear brother and sister. Yes for your sin and mine He died and it was in weakness! He was buried and rose from the grave because death could not hold Him because He was and is without sin. He lives and his highly exalted! By the power of God . The Corinthians saints with the Judean men thought Paul was too weak to be a apostle. Paul might also be weak physically but will have life and strenght with Him. And he said to the Corinthian saints and also to us: we are weak in Him physically but we shall live with Him by the power of God. He and his co workers he mentioned here in this verse like Titus, Timothy and others The resurrection power lives also in us as it lived in Paul's life my dear brothers and sisters! In Philippians 3 verse 10 and 11 we read: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made comformable unto His death, If by any mean I might atain unto the resurrection of the dead" We are crucified with Him on that cross. Our old man is crucified with Him and we are buried with Him in the grave and we are risen with Him in newness of life my dear brothers and sisters so we live through Him. He lives in us. Read Galatians 2:20 for yourselves!
II Corinthians 13 verse 5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.
Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you. except
ye be reprobates
Verse 5: Examine yourselves! What does this word mean. Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. This is what Paul told the Corinthian saints because they walked so carnal! It is also for us brothers and sisters to think about. Proof your own selves. Do you know yourself or don't you know? How do you know if Christ is in you? Romans 8 verse 8 tells us: "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God" Without God a person cannot understand His Word! In I Corinthians 2 verse 14 and 15 we see the following: But the carnal man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man" So we brothers and sisters can understand the Word of God, the Bible. A unbeliever or reprobate cannot understand God because he or she has not the Spirit of God inside him or her Ephesians 1:13,14! Reprobate or fool. Do you know what a fool or corrupt person says about God? Psalm 14 verse 1a gives us the answer: "The fool hath said in his heart There is no God. He or she lives without God in this world. We are not as the unbeliever. We are in Christ my dear brothers and sisters. He lives in us through His Spirit and we are sealed with His Spirit. That's why we can understand His Word.
II Corinthians 13:6
But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates
Verse 6: In verse 5 before we have seen that the apostle Paul faces the possibility that some of the Corinthian saintss may never have ben truly saved. He urged them to carefully examine themselves whether truly in the faith or reprobates. He was sure about himself that he was saved by Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone and he let them know that they would know it that they Paul and his co workers were not reprobates.
II Corinthians 13 verse 7
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear
approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we
be as reprobates
Verse 7: The apostle Paul prayed to God that the Corinthian saints might keep themselves from evil. That they were motivated by the desire that he and Titus and probably also Luke might appear approved. Because when they fell into sin it did bring reproach upon his name. Paul would rather that they were honest to him and to the persons who were with him Titus and Luke .The apostle Paul knew that honesty speaking the truth would always prevail in the end.
II Corinthians 13 verse 8
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth
Verse 8: The apostle Paul, Titus, Timothy and Luke and other co workers told always the truth. There were a lot of men in his time on earth who oppose the truth like the men of Judea, Jewish people. Nowadays we have more people in this world and the majority of people are against the truth and oppose it! Very sad that so few people know the truth. Most people are like Pilate who said to our Lord Jesus : What is truth? Pilate didn't wish a answer of our Lord Jesus Christ, he went out when he said this. And so many people in this world are like him, not wishing to know the truth. God's wil is that people come to know unto the knowledge of the truth! Read I Timothy 2 :3-4. That is the will of God my dear brothers and sisters. What is the truth? The answer is in Colossians 1: 5 and 6: "For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the Word of the truth of the Gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you since the day ye heard of it, and knew the Grace of God in truth" The truth is the Gospel of Gods Grace my dear brothers and sisters. You can learn the truth by reading and studying the epistles of the apostle Paul Romans until the end of Philemon. My advice is to learn and read it so that more people do the will of God and God is very pleased by this when you do this. You get a lot of benefits if you begin to study Gods Word of Grace Acts 20:32, Romans 16:25-26. First you can learn what you are in Christ, what He has done for you personally on that cross on Calvary. A lot of blessings you have in Christ! To our brothers and sisters who does not know the truth of God: The Gospel and rightly dividing my dear brothers and sisters change you. It will change your heart and mind my dear brother and sister if you have never learned and studied the epistles of the apostle Paul! If you begin to understand the truth of God you will be so thankful and glad and the confusion you have now will disappear! Remember my brothers and sisters. In Proverbs 21 verse 30 we read: "There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord" Think about this!
II Corinthians 13 verse 9
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong:
and this also we wish, even your perfection
Verse 9: The apostle Paul says here that he and his co workers like Titus and Luke are glad of the fact that when they are weak. In the first time this sounds strange but he means physically they were weak but strong in the Lord and that's also what he says to the Corinthian saints: they are strong in the Lord Jesus Christ! Second in this verse we see: we wish even your perfection! In Colossians 1 verse 27 and 28 the apostle Paul wrote the following words: "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus" So the apostle Paul wrote to all the saints included us, members of the Body of Christ, the Church! The wish of the apostle Paul was and is that the whole Body of Christ, every man and woman will know the Gospel of the Grace of God which he proclaimed and what we can find in his epistles to the Church Romans till the end of Philemon! That was and is the apostle's purpose and God's purpose and will my dear brothers and sisters: our perfection also in daily life, perfection in walk. That's why the epistles of the apostle Paul are so important for us to read and to learn/study! It is our daily spiritual food!
II Corinthians 13 verse 10
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present
I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord
hath given me to edification, and not to destruction
Verse 10: Paul was absent from the Corinthian saints. He was in Macedonia and it looks that he was present , he is the same way like he's with them! He says I should use sharpness. Sharpness comes here from the word apotomos. It means with the sharpness of the Word of God's Grace the apostle Paul with the power of the Lord given to him he could edify the Corinthian saints. To build them up and this was not to destruction of them. Maybe some of them were irritated about his admonishing! That's why he said this. Sharpness with Scripture (using this) attacks every form of self-image, selfishness, arrogance, failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate. So the Gospel of the Grace of God which the apostle Paul proclaimed and what we have in our Bibles has rules for edification and not for our destruction my dear brothers and sisters!
II Corinthians 13 verse 11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect,
be of good comfort, be of one mind,
live in peace; and the God of love and peace
shall be with you
Verse 11: Finally that means we are on the end of this epistle my dear brothers and sisters! The apostle Paul wrote to these Corinthian saints, his brothers and sisters two epistles to rebuke them for what they did or had done and he wanted the to be perfect in Christ, in majurity in walk. So it was to edify from the Word of God and build them up. And now on the end of his second letter he says here in the end farewell to his brethren. What does this mean farewell? Used to express good wishes on parting Probably the apostle Paul would not see the Corinthian saints anymore in his life. He told them these words and included us too my dear brothers and sisters: 1 Be perfect and that is in walk because we are perfect in Christ. In daily life we aren't perfect because of the presence of sin that's why All scripture of God is so important and given us by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" II Timothy 3: 16 and 17. Second we see here be of good comfort which means having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities in our Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Be of one mind: not divisions but what Ephesians 4 says in verse 3-6: "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even ye are called in one hope of your calling, One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Fatherof all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all" 4 we see: live in peace. Make no fight and make no war what come out of fightings! And than finally in this verse the God of love and peace shall be with you! God is always with us and if we obey this above verse He can work in us and gives us inner peace and love because He is the God of love and peace! His working in us is described here in this verse if we obey His Word of Grace!
II Corinthians 13 verse 12
Greet one another with an holy kiss
Verse 12: To greet one another wih a kiss was a custom of that time an dplace. In the Middle East before the pandemia you saw a lot men to greet one another with this or to give one another a hug or a handshake. Because of the Corona virus on this moment in the world we as human beings are now not allowed to greet one another like this. We have to keep distance from each other. Here in the Netherlands it is 1,5 metres distance from each other. Other countries handle 2 metres or more. We can also from a distance wave to each other and say something to each other. And now we have more technics like computer to mail, to chat, to speak each other through videophone, facebook , meetings through computer. There are so much possibilities now on the moment. It is good to have it so that we keep in contact with each other as Body of Christ!
II Corinthians 13 verse 13
All the saints salute you
Verse 13: All the saints in Macedonia who were with Paul and others maybe far away from the apostle Paul in Asia, Galatia and other areas, salute the Corinthian saints. It is a greet what the apostle Paul is saying here. It is to welcome persons, to embrace. Well now we don't do it because of the pandemia and I am not sure we will do this again after this pandemia in the world. I think people in general will be very careful after this is over. And so brothers and sisters we have also to be careful and obey the rules of the governments we live under now. We can now wave to each other from a distance and speak with each other from a distance and say to each other I am glad to see you. Services are now forbidden at the moment but what I already said was that we can meet each other on the computer in a meeting live that we see each other and can wave to each other.
II Corinthians 13 verse 14
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the
love of God, and the communion of the Holy
Ghost be with you all. Amen
Verse 14:Grace from God through our Lord Jesus Christ and that is the Love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all the apostle Paul wrote here his last word to the Corinthian saints and also to us. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This Three in One God. This is the Trinity of God my dear brothers and sisters! The message of God is a message of love and Grace through His Son Jesus Christ! How precious this is in a world which is so full of bitterness, conflict, sorrow because of the pandemia and other diseases and a lot of pain. God's answer to this world Love and Grace in Christ!!!