2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 12:10

May 18, 2020 – Monday 2 Corinthians 12:10     NIV 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Comment How seemingly odd to have Paul boasting or delighting in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. Then to make such a following statement For when I am weak, then I am strong. What are we to make of…
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2 Corinthians 4:8-9

May 15, 2020 – Friday 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Comment The introduction to these two verses says  7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  Here the phrase jars of clay may also be translated as earthen vessels and in both cases…
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1 Corinthians 15:9-11

May 14, 2020 – Thursday 1 Corinthians 15:9-11 NIV 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.  11 Whether, then, it is I or they,…
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2 Corinthians 9:12-13

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * November 21, 2019 – Thursday  2 Corinthians 9:12-13  NIV 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing…
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2 Corinthians 7:15

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * November 20, 2019 – Wednesday 2 Corinthians 7:15  NIV 15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. Comments The context of the above verse about Titus’ affection would be 13 By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because…
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2 Corinthians 2:29

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * November 19, 2019 – Tuesday 2 Corinthians 2:9  NIV 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. Comments What was the test Paul was referencing? This verse is from a group of verses put into paragraph form in both the NIV and ESV (among others) that read as follows (NIV) with the titles Forgiveness for the…
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2 Corinthians 9:12-15

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you,…
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2 Corinthians 9:6-9

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have…
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2 Corinthians 8:16

16 Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. 2 Corinthians 8:16 Paul is letting them know Titus is the one who will be trusted with their offering to help their poor brothers and sisters in the faith in Judea who are suffering. He will show just how trusted in the following verses (below), but leads with the most important feature in that the heart of Titus [has] the same…
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2 Corinthians 7:1-3

1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you.…
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2 Corinthians 6:11-13

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also. 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Two wonderful verses to end the year with from Paul to the Corinthians. As verse 13 reveals he is speaking to them as if a parent to them with his and his…
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2 Corinthians 5:11-14

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we…
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