Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. Amen seems to have been anciently added at the conclusion of books, exactly as we add the word, finis, both merely signifying the end. Man pollutes himself; then God reprobates the polluted. And let it be our constant aim so to walk, that separation from our friends may be only for a time, and that we may meet in that happy world where parting will be unknown. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
Let us question our own souls; either we are true Christians, or we are deceivers. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without. Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness? And we urge you, brothers, to admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone. Verse 2 I told you before, etc. Three times I was beaten with rods. The point of the quotation is to remind the Corinthian Christians that he comes this time as a judge, not an investigator.
If Christ be not in the soul by faith, it cannot be approved of God, because without faith it is impossible to please God. Every genuine Christian, who maintains a close walk with God, may have as full an evidence of his acceptance with God as he has of his own existence. So, in carrying out his commission as an apostle, Paul would not be doing anything against the truth but only for the truth or in the furtherance of the interests of the Son of God. The true Christian carries the cross in his heart; and a cross inside the heart, my friends, is one of the sweetest cures for a cross on the back. It is so apparent that we are not disqualified that he simply trusts that they recognize the truth of it. And the doctrine that explains away this privilege, or softens it down to nothing, by making the most gracious and safe state consistent with innumerable doubts and fears and general uncertainty, is not of God. Paul Opposes Peter 11 But when Cephas came to Antioch , I opposed him to his face , because he stood condemned.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant Love is patient, love is kind. Paul is writing this letter from Macedonia. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. Help him on his way in peace , that he may return to me , for I am expecting him with the brothers. In a community where grace is freely received and given, eirene will almost certainly prevail.
They were already a body strong in spiritual gifts and personal testimony 1 Corinthians 1:4-7 , but their strength was not complete. This is all as absurd as it is impossible. The reader will easily observe that this word, here rendered reprobates, and which, as has been observed, properly means persons disapproved, has no relation here, or anywhere else in Scripture, to any decree of God absolutely and unconditionally excluding a part of mankind from a capacity of salvation; but only denotes those who, through the rejection or abuse of divine grace, continue to render themselves unfit to be approved of God as his people, either now or at the day of judgment. Greet one another with a holy kiss. Those are strong words: I will not spare. You may be asking, How can I know that? The word is kindred to the verb prove δοκιμάζετε , and means disapproved on trial.
Those of us who are Christians ought to ask ourselves that occasionally. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. It was also the symbol of Christian fellowship. I speak as one beside himself I am more so; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. This metaphor holds excellently here. It is shorter in length in comparison to the first and a little confusing if the reader is unaware of the social, religious, and economic situation of the community. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established : Paul quotes this passage from Deuteronomy 19:15, and quotes it in reference to his coming visit. Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. If base metal be mixed with the pure you can readily detect it; and as easily may you know that you are in the faith as you can know that base metal is mixed with the pure. We are blood relatives of Godly people from other races and nations the blood that connects us is the blood of Christ. See also ; ; ; ; and , where the word again occurs. His concern in their doing good or what is right was that they would reap the full benefit therefrom, being found divinely approved and coming to enjoy all the resultant privileges and blessings. The name of Christ was named upon them in their baptism, Christ had been preached to them; this the apostle knew; but all this might be, and yet Christ not dwell in their hearts by faith.
Unless Christ be in us by his Spirit, and power of his love, our faith is dead, and we are yet disapproved by our Judge. Which should therefore strongly engage them to be very often and very seriously proving themselves, as to this thing, whether they be in Christ, and whether they have a true, saving faith? Its negative characteristics are part of its positive perfection. Did we not take the same steps? We are surrounded by that kosmos world. It endures evils; it confers blessings. Live in peace - Ειρηνευετε· Cultivate peace; or, as he says elsewhere, Follow peace, and pursue it, Hebrews 12:14.
But that ye should do that which is honest - That ye may do that which is right and seemly, το καλον, though we should be, in consequence of that, as reprobates - as persons not approved of God; because your reformation will prevent the exercise of this power, which would otherwise have given an awful proof that we are approved of God. Lord, help me to honestly examine myself Thank You that as I do so, I can trust Your Spirit to show me what is displeasing to You. The New Testament speaks of Christians as brothers and sisters, so we are one family in Christ. Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. His second visit was a brief, painful visit in between the writing of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians. That religion which will enable a man to endure persecution for the name of Jesus; to bear calamity without complaining; to submit to a long series of disappointments and distresses for Christ's sake, is genuine.