2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
“Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” -2Cor.13:11
The New Testament “epistles” are inspired letters written by various authors to churches and individuals (Corinthians, Galatians, etc) that dealt with specific issues pertaining to each Church or person. Besides they expounded various spiritual truths for the nurturing of Christ’s body. Hence the epistles are treasure houses for Churches at any age for spiritual building up and discipline! In the epistle of 2Corinthians, Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit deals with certain prevailing situations and it can address similar issues existent in any church anywhere throughout the centuries!
Second Corinthians is the most autobiographical of Paul’s letters and probably the most difficult letter that Paul had to write [NKJV Study Bible]. Paul was dealing with various forms of sin in the Church at Corinth – sexual immorality, insubordination, misuse of spiritual gifts (the list in 2Cor.12:21). In 2Corinthians, Paul’s apostolic authority is defended as certain false teachers were searching whether “Christ was speaking through Paul.”
Even in the midst of all the issues prevalent at Corinth, Paul loved them and was jealous for them! He didn’t want them to be deceived by the craftiness of the devil! Paul laments of their unrepentant attitude in 2 Cor.12:21: “I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.”
The attitude of Paul being a leader and mentor is notable – he is not condemning them - but correcting them and keeping a very optimistic attitude that they will come back to their senses! We often see leaders, getting frustrated when the people they mentor don’t show any signs of growth and maturity. His critics criticized P