Scripture: II Corinthians 2

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Forgiveness For The Sinner

II Corinthians 2:1-11 (WEB) But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow. For if I make you grieve, then who will make me glad but he who is made to grieve by me? And I wrote this very thing to you, so that, when I came, I wouldn’t have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy would be shared by all of you. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be made to grieve, but that you might know the love that I have so abundantly for you. But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all. This punishment which was inflicted by the many is sufficient for such a one; so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow. Therefore I beg you to confirm your love toward him. For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 Now I also forgive whomever you forgive anything. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 that no advantage may be gained over us by satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul not want to come to the Corinthians (II Corinthians 2:1)? Paul didn’t want to again come to them in sorrow.  My Bible notes: Paul’s phrase “another painful visit” indicated that he had already made one difficult trip to Corinth since founding the church. 

2. What didn’t Paul want to do (II Corinthians 2:2-3)? Paul didn’t want the Corinthians nor himself to experience sorrow.

3. Why did Paul say he wrote to them (II Corinthians 2:4a)? Paul said he wrote to them out of much affliction and anguish of heart and tears.

4. What was his reason for writing them (II Corinthians 2:4b)? Paul said it wasn’t to grieve them but so that they might know the love that he had for them.

5. What did Paul want the Corinthian believers to do (II Corinthians 2:5-9)? Paul wanted the believers to forgive someone who had sinned but had then repented.

6. What did Paul say about satan (II Corinthians 2:10-11)? Paul wanted the Corinthians to forgive the one who had sinned so that satan would have no advantage over them. My Bible notes: Satan tries to harm the church by tempting it to use discipline in an unforgiving way.

Ministers Of The New Covenant

II Corinthians 2:12-17 (WEB) 12 Now when I came to Troas for the Good News of Christ, and when a door was opened to me in the Lord, 13 I had no relief for my spirit, because I didn’t find Titus, my brother, but taking my leave of them, I went out into Macedonia.  14 Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and reveals through us the sweet aroma of his knowledge in every place. 15 For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God, in those who are saved and in those who perish: 16 to the one a stench from death to death, to the other a sweet aroma from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not as so many, peddling the word of God. But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, we speak in Christ.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who did Paul thank for leading them in triumph in Christ (II Corinthians 2:14a)? Paul thanked God.

2. What was revealed through them (II Corinthians 2:14b)? The sweet aroma of God’s knowledge.

3. What did Paul say about those who carried the aroma (II Corinthians 2:15-16a)? Paul said they were a sweet aroma of Christ to God; in those who were saved and in those who were perishing.  To those dying the aroma was a stench of death.  To those who were saved it was a sweet aroma of life.

4. Why did Paul ask the question about sufficiency (II Corinthians 2:16b-17)? Paul was asking who is able to sufficiently represent Christ.  My Bible notes: Serving Christ requires that we focus on what He can do through us, not on what we can’t do by ourselves.

HEAR the WORD

II Corinthians 2:12-13 (WEB) 12 Now when I came to Troas for the Good News of Christ, and when a door was opened to me in the Lord, 13 I had no relief for my spirit, because I didn’t find Titus, my brother, but taking my leave of them, I went out into Macedonia.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My thoughts: Though Paul believed God had opened the door for him to minister, he was still concerned for his convert Titus.  So much so that he went looking for him. Paul doesn’t indicate why he “had no relief for” his spirit, but my Bible notes say Paul was supposed to meet Titus in Troas.  When Paul didn’t find him there, he was worried for Titus’ safety and left Troas to search for him in Macedonia.  There Paul found him.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Corinthians 2:15 (NIV) For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I purpose to be to God an aroma of Christ.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I purpose to spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of God.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will forgive those who have repented (II Corinthians 2:10-11).  Thank You Lord for giving us Your fragrance.  I pray we will spread it everywhere we go (II Corinthians 2:14-16a). Lord, I pray we will focus on what You can do through us (II Corinthians 2:16b-17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I focus on bringing glory, honor and praise to God.” <>< Dona