2 Corinthians Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Reasons for the apostle not coming to Corinth. (1-4) Directions about restoring the repentant offender. (5-11) An account of his labours and success in spreading the gospel of Christ. (12-17)1-4 The apostle desired to have a cheerful meeting with them; and he had written in confidence of their doing what was to their benefit and his comfort; and that therefore they would be glad to remove every cause of disquiet from him. We should always give pain unwillingly, even when duty requires that it must be given.
5-11 The apostle desires them to receive the person who had done wrong, again into their communion; for he was aware of his fault, and much afflicted under his punishment. Even sorrow for sin should not unfit for other duties, and drive to despair. Not only was there danger last Satan should get advantage, by tempting the penitent to hard thoughts of God and religion, and so drive him to despair; but against the churches and the ministers of Christ, by bringing an evil report upon Christians as unforgiving; thus making divisions, and hindering the success of the ministry. In this, as in other things, wisdom is to be used, that the ministry may not be blamed for indulging sin on the one hand, or for too great severity towards sinners on the other hand. Satan has many plans to deceive, and knows how to make a bad use of our mistakes.
12-17 A believer's triumphs are all in Christ. To him be the praise and glory of all, while the success of the gospel is a good reason for a Christian's joy and rejoicing. In ancient triumphs, abundance of perfumes and sweet odours were used; so the name and salvation of Jesus, as ointment poured out, was a sweet savour diffused in every place. Unto some, the gospel is a savour of death unto death. They reject it to their ruin. Unto others, the gospel is a savour of life unto life: as it quickened them at first when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life. Observe the awful impressions this matter made upon the apostle, and should also make upon us. The work is great, and of ourselves we have no strength at all; all our sufficiency is of God. But what we do in religion, unless it is done in sincerity, as in the sight of God, is not of God, does not come from him, and will not reach to him. May we carefully watch ourselves in this matter; and seek the testimony of our consciences, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that as of sincerity, so speak we in Christ and of Christ.
Phyllis's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment on 10/09/2013, 7:02am...
I personally think that most people lost their firt love for God.
R. D. Mattock's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment on 3/08/2013, 3:20pm...
On verse 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. Itís important to know who we are in Christ. We have been given the mind of Christ and have been made partakers of His divine nature. We are more than conquerors in Him, Romans 8:37. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, Philippians 4:13.
Chuks cyrus's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 3/05/2013, 1:17am...
God is respecting the covenant he had with Christ through us, by making us come out successful from every test and trial we face because of him, thereby displaying the reality, authenticity and beauty of his status as King of Kings and Lord of all in every place.
Clint's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment on 10/16/2012, 9:20am...
When you preach the gospel to the unsaved and they reject it and then die in their sin, when judgment day comes they will have no excuses and will stink before God just as the sacrifices in old testament times when Israelis offered blemished or lame sheep or goats or bullocks. Hope it helps?
Timothy Wayne George's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment on 7/16/2012, 8:12am...
Christ always gives us the triumph where ever he sends us. Paul wants the believers at Corinth to forgive, and not let the devil take advantage of them for their lack of forgiveness. We are the aroma of Christ for life to those who believe the gospel. Yet to those who will not believe the gospel, we are the aroma of death. Paul did not allow his afflictions to stop him from preaching the gospel, but instead when he did not find Titus in Troas, he kept on preaching in Macedonia.
God wants us to have that same spirit, just as Jesus told the Church, at Philidelphia that he placed before them an open door. Even though that
Church had a little strenght they were faithful to get the gospel out. We must do the same, and not allow afflictions to discourage us from doing what God has given us the grace to do. We have the victory in Jesus, because he rose from the dead with all power. He has given us that same victory to complete the task of getting the gospel to the whole world.
RALPH M. WATERS's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment on 11/03/2011, 1:36pm...
MY THOUGHTS IN MY MINISTERING IS, "I TAKE GOD'S WORD AS IF IT IS TALKING TO ME PERSONALLY, AND APPLYING GOD'S WORD TO TODAY. IN THIS CHAPTER, (TO ME) IN MINISTERING GOD'S WORD - GOD'S WANTS US TO BE READY WHEN HE COMES, AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHOM WE LOVE WILL NOT BE READY
Michael Lydon's 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 comment on 9/04/2011, 9:06pm...
In answer to the comment of 12/10/2010 at 6:43- Iudge not those deemed "non-believers", but rather come to them as brothers. The first letter of iudgment gives clue as to who offers it and of whom who bears it. Also, diuide not among those of whom one believes will be perishing for such iudgments offered bring vnto thee neverending death. Believers offering death's aromatic smells of decaying meat and skunky garbage that is hate, decaying plants and garbage that is sorrow, and decaying cabbagey smelling garbage that is fear will all one day come to know the meaning of Christ's offer of Salvation for one's Sins to each and every one of us. To diuide those of whom are like us in every way is to place you between I.
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