Mutuality of Pride, Plurality of Joy
2 Corinthians 1:20 - 2:4
Paul following in the footsteps of Jesus. (vs. 17-18)
Matthew 5:37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
vs. 18, Greater to Lesser
No matter how many promises given by God, in Christ they are YES!
vs. 20, The problem most likely was not with Jesus. No one typically has a problem with Jesus.
So Paul firmly associates (fuses himself) with Jesus. Paul’s preaching affirmed the sincerity of God’s promises in Jesus (Amen). I agree.
Question: How fused are you with Jesus? Are you truly abiding? Is your life a demonstration of the sincerity of God?
vs. 21-22, God’s work in us (Don’t Forget)
Stand Firm in Christ - faithful devotion to Jesus, perseverance of Paul and others
Anointed - set apart, receiving God’s seal through the Holy Spirit
2 Timothy 1:6-7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Set His Seal of Ownership - Holy Spirit displayed through the power of the gospel. To whom do I belong?
Put His Spirit in their hearts as a deposit - guaranteed down payment
vs. 23, In order to spare you.
Corrective teaching must be timely as well as true.
Wait, Pray, and lean into Jesus to understand the right time for the difficult conversation.
vs. 24, His action toward the Corinthians was not as a tyrant domineering their life of faith, but as a concerned co-worker for their joy.
As God was faithful to the truth, Paul would be an Apostle of the truth.
Paul believed that God good very easily take his life if he was a person on deceit.
All are free in the Lord but are obligated to help one another.
Faith and joy signifies the infrastructure of a vibrant Christian life and a healthy relationship between Paul and the Corinthians.
Let us STAND FIRM in the blessings of Christ.
We -> plurality of leadership and accountability.
1 Peter 1:1-5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Mutual trust and common concern.
Question: What is your greatest concern for those who you love the most? What is the greatest joy that any human can experience? What is the greatest and most powerful news that can exit the mouths of God’s people? Is this what you are daily experiencing? Is this how you are arranging your life? Is the truth that “Jesus is better” displayed moment by moment in your life?
1st visit -> Paul planted the church.
Writes 1 Corinthians.
2nd visit -> after writing 1 Corinthians. This was a difficult visit, and Paul was insulted.
2 Corinthians 7:12 So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God.
3rd visit -> this is the one where plans changed. Wrote a letter of tears. Titus delivered the letter. After sometime and hearing news from Titus, Paul writes 2 Corinthians.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Paul needed to be encouraged and strengthened by the church. He depended on the Corinthians love.
Question: How am I encouraged and strengthened by the church? Do I depend on the love of my church family?
3-4, The mutual aim of the community of Christ is joy, not injury or pain.
2 John 1:12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.