Interdependent Thankfulness, Eternal Deliverance
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Paul is not wanting to get bogged down in the details of his life experiences. His interest is to make a theological point.
In his affliction God is the great comforter.
What is important is,
Giving thanks to God for his rescue.
Learning to depend entirely on God.
Gaining and maintaining a confidence that his friends would offer thanksgiving and prayer for Paul.
Biggest Question on the mind of the critics in the Corinthian Church: How could God’s power result in such abundant frailty (weakness)?
vs. 8-9, Is Paul afraid of death?
Death is not Paul’s enemy. As a child of God, death is not your enemy.
Question: What is your view of death? Is it something to be feared? How do you live with purpose and not carelessness?
What does Paul fear?
Deep resolve that God is a god of deliverance!
Question: What are your expectations of God to “come through”? Do you trust that God will equip you to accomplish His will in your life? What are the things you are not trusting God with?
vs. 10, Deliverance
Paul speaks of the insufficiency of man as the means to the revelation of the all-sufficiency of God. ~ Watson
Paul has suffered. This suffering is not wasted.
It has driven him to complete reliance on God and not self.
He has learned and found resolve that God is his defender and offers divine vindication
Vindication -> to be cleared from accusation, suspicion, to uphold or justify by evidence
1 Corinthians 4:3-4 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
Psalm 7:10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
We can live with…
Pride or Humility
Self confidence or God confidence
Self reliance or Holy Spirit reliance
Personal strength or Jesus strength (cross & resurrection)
Romans 10:3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
1 Corinthians 1:30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Death has been defeated.
2 Timothy 1:10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
God raised the crucified Jesus from the dead.
Jesus’ resurrection ensures our own resurrection.
God’s power is made perfect in the weakness of the cross.
God is THE great Deliverer!
not -> on the side, on occasion, every once in awhile
God is the great rescuer, deliverer, shelter, refuge, strength, etc…
The gospel puts death into context.
With the Spirit, earthly death has no sting. We are redeemed for eternity.
Without the Spirit, eternal death (separation) is very real and overwhelmingly tragic.
vs. 11, Prayer
The life of a child of God must fully engage with the lives of other children of God. It is imperative that we work together. It is God directed to cooperate with one another. We are in desperate need of others.
Prayer reveals, supports, and guides our cooperation.
You must help us by prayer! Don’t stop.
The aim of our prayer is not rescue, but thankfulness and the honor and praise of a mighty and worthy God.
Question: Are we cultivating a culture of thankfulness?
Is your life a demonstration of Jesus centered thankfulness?
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Community is part of God’s design for spiritual healing. We need each other in this world of affliction!