Scripture: II Corinthians 1

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The God Of All Comfort

II Corinthians 1:1-11 (WEB) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the assembly of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. 7 Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that, since you are partakers of the sufferings, so you are also of the comfort.  For we don’t desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver; on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us; 11 you also helping together on our behalf by your supplication; that, for the gift given to us by means of many, thanks may be given by many persons on your behalf.

Questions and Answers:

1. What does Paul say about God (II Corinthians 1:3-4)? Paul says God comforts all who are afflicted so that we may be able to turn around and comfort others who go through afflictions.

2. Through whom does comfort come (II Corinthians 1:5)? Our comfort comes through Christ.

3. What was Paul thanking the Corinthians for doing (II Corinthians 1:11)? Paul was thanking the Corinthians for praying for them.  (supplication = prayer)

Paul’s Change Of Plans

II Corinthians 1:12-24 (WEB) 12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you. 13 For we write no other things to you than what you read or even acknowledge, and I hope you will acknowledge to the end, 14 as also you acknowledged us in part, that we are your boasting, even as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.  15 In this confidence, I was determined to come first to you, that you might have a second benefit, 16 and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and to be sent forward by you on my journey to Judea. 17 When I therefore was thus determined, did I show fickleness? Or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the “Yes, yes” and the “No, no?” 18 But as God is faithful, our word toward you was not “Yes and no.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, by me, Silvanus, and Timothy, was not “Yes and no,” but in him is “Yes.” 20 For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen”, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now he who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts. 23 But I call God for a witness to my soul, that I didn’t come to Corinth to spare you. 24 We don’t control your faith, but are fellow workers with you for your joy. For you stand firm in faith.

Questions and Answers:

1. How many promises does Paul say God will fulfill (II Corinthians 1:20)?  All God’s promises either have already been fulfilled, are being fulfilled or will be fulfilled.

2. What two gifts does Paul mention (II Corinthians 1:21-22)? The two gifts Paul mentioned are the sealing of us as God’s own and the Holy Spirit in our heart.

3. What did Paul call himself and the Corinthians (II Corinthians 1:24a)? Paul said they were fellow workers.

4. What did Paul say was causing them to stand firm (II Corinthians 1:24b)? Paul said their faith was causing them to stand firm.

HEAR the WORD

II Corinthians 1:6-7 (AMP) But if we are troubled and distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted and encouraged, it is for your comfort, which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same sufferings which we experience. And our hope for you [our confident expectation of good for you] is firmly grounded [assured and unshaken], since we know that just as you share as partners in our sufferings, so also you share as partners in our comfort. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Paul explains that he and his companions suffered greatly for bringing “comfort and salvation” to the Corinthians.  But just as God comforted Paul, God would also comfort the Corinthian believers when they suffered for their faith.  He would give them the strength to endure.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Paul knew the importance of holiness and sincerity in word and action (II Corinthians 1:12-14).  Be careful that you stay far from gossiping and spreading rumors.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

God wants you and me to be real and transparent in all our relationships. 

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for comforting us in all our troubles so that we can turn around and help others traveling through similar circumstances (II Corinthians 1:3-4). Lord, I pray we will rely on You to walk with us (II Corinthians 1:9).  Lord, I pray we will continually set our hope on You (II Corinthians 1:10).  Lord, I pray we will conduct ourselves in holiness and sincerity that is from You (II Corinthians 1:12).  Lord, I pray our faith will cause us to stand firm (II Corinthians 1:24).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I seek to set our hope on God.” <>< Dona