I now turn in my study to the Second Book of Corinthians, where Paul (along with Timothy) has composed a second letter to the Church in Corinth, following up on his first letter.
Notes on Chapters 1-4
- The Lord comforts us in our afflictions, which we can then use to comfort others in their afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:4-5).
- We experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit through the patient endurance of sufferings (2 Corinthians 1:6).
- If you share in the sufferings of your brothers and sisters in Christ (I believe this includes mourning with them), then you will also receive their comfort (2 Corinthians 1:7).
- Sometimes we are placed in great danger so that we rely on God and not on our own strength (2 Corinthians 1:9).
If you pray for others you can set off a prayer wave because when they are healed or come out of their suffering this redounds in thanksgiving to God by them and their loved ones (2 Corinthians 1:11).
- It is not the testimony of men we should look to for validation, but the testimony of our conscience (2 Corinthians 1:12).
When the second coming comes we Christians will boast of each other’s godliness (2 Corinthians 1:14).
- Being in the company of holy people brings the Lord’s grace upon us (2 Corinthians 1:15).
- It is God who approves, who anoints, who puts his seal on his chosen and gives them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of their salvation (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
- Be prepared to forgive the one that has been put out of the church (2 Corinthians 2:7).
- We do not need letters of recommendation, for our very works testify for us (2 Corinthians 3:1-2).
- We are not self-sufficient but God suffices for all of our needs (2 Corinthians 3:5).
- We have the spirit of freedom because we have the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17).
- Do not tamper with the word of God (2 Corinthians 4:2).
- “[T]his light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 English Standard Version).
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