|2 Corinthians 1 |
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is at Corinth, and all the saints who are in all Achaia.
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our comfort also abounds from Christ.
6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings that we suffer; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort and salvation.
7 Our hope in you is steadfast, knowing that as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.
8 For we would not have you ignorant, brothers, of the trouble that came to us in Asia; that we were burdened beyond measure, so much that we even despaired of life.
9 Indeed, we felt the sentence of death in ourselves, but this was so that we would not trust in ourselves, but only in God who raises the dead;
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that he will still deliver us.
11 You also helped by you prayers for us; so that because of the gift granted to us by the means of the prayers of many, thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
12 For our rejoicing is this: the testimony of our conscience is that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have have conducted ourselves in the world, and more especially towards you.
13 For we write nothing to you, other than what you may read and understand, which I hope you will understand, even to the end;1
14 As you have understood us in part, I hope that you can be proud of us, even as we will also be proud of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.2 [The second coming and the day of the Lord are one in the same personal experience, which occurs for all men in every generation. For those who are crucified to spiritually die on the inward cross of self-denial, the second coming occurs as the Lord appears to burn by baptism of fire the remaining sin in them. Their body dies in this baptism of death, but the believer is raised (resurrected) with Christ and translated into the kingdom of God. Though raised with Christ to live in the heavens, they still walk the earth as a new creature together, in union with the Lord. For those who physically die without having been purified on the inward cross and who are still slaves to sin, the appearance of the Lord when they physically die is a terror for they will suddenly see how hopelessly evil they are.]
15 In confidence of this I intended to come to you before, so that you might have a second benefit.
16 I intended to pass by your way into Macedonia, and to then come again out of Macedonia, and to be helped on my way toward Judea by you.
17 When I planned, did I do it lightly? Or the things that I plan, do I plan them according to the flesh, that with me there should be yes, yes, and no, no at the same time?
18 But as God is true, our word to you was not yes and no.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yes and no, but in him was always yes.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yes, and so we say Amen (so be it), to the glory of God.
21 Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and who has anointed us, is God; [If you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, and if you are in Christ, then you have experienced the anointing, which is Christ to guide all your thoughts, words, and works. From the Word of the Lord within: "I choose whom to anoint; your response to my commands dictates my choice."]
22 Who has also sealed us, and given us the earnest3 of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I have not come to Corinth yet.
24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for it is by faith that you stand.
1 Paul is telling them to remember everything he has written them to the end. What end? The end of their spiritual journey, which is the end of the world, as they are translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, a parallel dimension. As Jesus said to his disciples: I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mat 28:20. And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake; but he who endures to the end shall be saved. Mat 10:22. The end of their current life, at the beginning of their new life. Now all these things happened to them as examples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have come. 1 Cor 10:11. John writes: And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever. 1 John 2:17. And for the purified, the end is to enter union with Christ, which is to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, which occurs on the Day of the Lord.
2 The Day of the Lord is the Second Appearance of Jesus, the revelation of Jesus Christ, which occurs in the hearts of those believers who have purified their hearts by faith and purified their souls by obedience to the word of truth. Because when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone with this hope purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Mat 5:8. He appears to the purified heart of a believer — he is seen. This is his second appearance - this time to the purified in heart. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6. Christ is revealed in your heart; you see, and have knowledge of, the glory of God. The morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Pet 1:19. Jesus is resurrected in us to be our true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6. Paul said: I neither received it [the gospel] from a man, nor was I taught it, but rather through the revelation of Jesus Christ.. for it pleased God ..to reveal his Son in me. Gal 1:12,15-16.
3 The seal of the Holy spirit is the earnest, (the down payment) of the final promise — the union that is to come. See the Interim Reward for more. When you have suffered awhile in crucifixion and pass the test(s), Christ will give you more of his Spirit, Oh! Joyous day! That we, who first trusted in Christ, should be to the praise of his glory. In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, [the word of truth is not a book], the gospel [good news] of your salvation; in whom after you believed, you were also sealed with the holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:12-13. Here is where we hear the good news of our salvation to come and receive the earnest of the Holy Spirit of promise.