2 Corinthians 1

2Co 1:1 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 all Achaia:

2Co 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

2Co 1:4 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.

2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

This is an epistle or letter that Paul and Timothy wrote to the church of God in Corinth. This church is one which seemed to be subject to many errors. They needed exhortation, correction and prayer many times. Paul greets them and prays that grace and peace from God and the Lord Jesus Christ continues in them.  He reminds them of God's presence in times of suffering for the cause of Christ. He makes sure they understand that just because they are children of God does not mean that they will escape suffering.  Yet he reminds them that through suffering their faith is perfected and God comforts during suffering. Though we suffer for the cause of Christ, the consolation even in this life is full of joy and peace.

Later when Jesus returns their consolation and also the consolation of faithful believers today will be in full and we suffer no more. In places where there has never been the preaching of the gospel of Jesus, the persecution might very well be bad in the beginning especially if there is already an established religion present that everyone is comfortable with.  Old religious orders will undoubtedly resist any new one.  Yet if they do not hear the gospel they will be lost for eternity.

2Co 1:6 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.

All those that labor for the Lord Jesus Christ will have the joy of knowing it is for the sake of all who would believe because of their obedience. If all my life I only win one, than that one has passed from death unto life and all is worth it for only one soul. Paul tells the Corinthians that he suffers for the cause of Christ yes, but it is worth the suffering to see them hear the gospel and receive the word of God.  If he kept silent, he would not suffer persecution but then, the Corinthians would not hear the gospel and could not have ever been saved.

2Co 1:7 And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

2Co 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:

2Co 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:

Those that partake of the sufferings caused by the preaching of the gospel and laboring for the Lord, will also be partakers in the joy and reward that God is to give all who are faithful to Him.

2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

The fear of death also has no power over those that believe. The last enemy that Christ destroys is the enemy of death.  A believer has victory over the fear of death now.  For the moment we close our eyes here, we open our eyes in heaven with God.  Our bodies await the resurrection when Christ returns to set up His eternal kingdom but our spirit and soul do not ever die but go to be with the Lord to await the resurrection.  To be faithful in this life is to have the Lord look upon us and say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord."

2Co 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.

2Co 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 have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

2Co 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;

2Co 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

The day the Lord returns, what joy would it be to see all those that we led to Christ there with us.  Paul foresees a rejoicing ahead for him if he sees the Corinthian church there also.  No more will there be sorrow and suffering. All these things would have passed away. 

2Co 1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

2Co 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.

2Co 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?

2Co 1:18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

2Co 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

What God has promised in His word will be fulfilled in us who believe the preaching of the word. Not only will Paul and the apostles rejoice when they see the Corinthian church but they will rejoice when they see all of us who read the word and believed the word throughout the ages to come.  We today can thank God for sending Jesus to save us, thank Jesus for dying for our sins, thank the apostles for writing down what they received from God, thank the bible translators for risking death and the burning at the stake to bring us the bible in our own language.  Lets face it, without the written printed word of God, most of us would have never heard the gospel.  By the time we came along, if the bible had not have been printed, men's tradition would have so changed the word of God that it would be unrecognizable. That is what happens when generation after generation passes and little by little the word is left out and man's opinions or traditions take it's place.  We can thank our bible translators of the past for the written word of God.  There is rejoicing and everlasting comfort for all who remain faithful to the faith once delivered to the saints.  Even in Isaiah it is foretold of our joy.

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

2Co 1:21 Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

We have some of the joy of the Lord available even now. The Holy Spirit is given to us as just part of what we will receive at the coming of the Lord. The Holy Spirit has sealed us and is keeping us until that day comes. He is the earnest of our inheritance. Jesus didn't leave us without an ever present witness to the truth of God. Each and every individual can have the Holy Spirit within them.  He is the constant comforter, the teacher, and the one who strengthens the faithful believer in Jesus Christ. 

2Co 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

All believers can comfort one another with the hope that we have now with the joy we receive as we worship and praise God through the Holy Spirit. We can encourage one another in the hope that shall be when Christ returns. We must exhort one another with hope and thanksgiving remembering always that Christ will return after the gospel is preached to all the world. No one knows the day or hour but we knew that He anxiously awaits the time when the Father will give Him the nod to go get His people. One day God will see the sufferings of those who are persecuted for the cause of Christ and He will say, enough, Go and redeem them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies. That will be when the great tribulation and wrath of God comes upon all who rejected the gospel and persecuted those who brought the gospel.

Now is the time to be saved and accept the gospel. Now is the time to believe. There will come a time when it will be too late. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved from the wrath to come. Repent of sin, and allow God's spirit to come into your heart. Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation.

11 Corinthians 2

 

 
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