- As the people saw or learned
of Paul's afflictions and how God consoled or comforted him their own
faith would grow so that they too could remain strong during times of
- He knew people were praying
- We can plan with
inconsistencies and have to make changes. Letting God lead us we can
complete the task He gives us.
- We are prodded by the Spirit
of the knowledge of God which we will use to live by and to help others in
the faith. The Spirit is a pledge of God to help us to salvation.
- He delayed coming to them to
spare them his criticism (1 Cor 4:20,21).
- They should forgive him and
try to bring him back in the will of God.
- The one who had sinned could
fall further away from God and into the hand of Satan. The church too could
suffer because it would have a reputation of hostility instead of love,
forgiveness, and nurturing.
- Titus was to give Paul an
account of the Corinthians but Paul could not find him. He worried about
the church’s spiritual health.
- To those being saved he had
the words of life. He was like Christ bringing the word of God. However,
to those who resisted the word he only brought news of death for their
- When we spread the gospel and
word of God to others we carry on the work of Christ.
- Some were false teachers or
false apostles working only for what they could gain from it, not sincere
about the souls of those they taught.
- The people he had ministered
to were proof of his authority to teach.
- The law made us aware of sin
to death. The Spirit makes us aware of forgiveness and righteousness
leading to life. The law had to be repeated; the Spirit was once and
- The presence of God was only
in one man Moses while the presence of God by the Spirit can be in all
- Moses' face shone brightly
and the people were afraid.
- They still had not accepted
Christ even though He was prophesied of in their reading of the Old
- When we turn to Jesus as our
Lord and Savior, we receive God's Holy Spirit and open our hearts to
God’s plan and will for our lives.
- We are not under the bondage
of sacrifices any longer nor do we fear death.
- Paul walked the walk that he
taught the people. He did not corrupt the gospel in any way for personal
- The light of the message of
the gospel has been entrusted to us but is empowered by the working of
- Paul walked in the steps of
Jesus and as He sacrificed all Paul too was willing to sacrifice all to
show Jesus to the world.
- As we live our body is
perishing but we are growing closer spiritually to the Lord.
- The suffering, hardship, and
sacrifice we have now are temporary. The life to come will be much
greater, more wonderful, and forever.
- a. To be clothed with the
spiritual body that will never die. b. At the
return of Jesus when He gathers us to heaven.
- If we are not reconciled to
God through Christ we will be found without the righteous garments because
of our sins.
- (Pleasing means acceptable)
“We labor to become acceptable to Him whether present or
absent”. We aim to be pleasing or acceptable here so we that we will
be accepted at the return of Jesus.
- We are not to regard what is
significant of man in the flesh but what is his relationship spiritually
- He urged them to do what was
acceptable here on earth so that they would be accepted at the judgment.
- By leaving behind our old
self and sins to begin a new righteous walk that serves God instead of us.
We have a new name, new tendencies, new heart and nature. Ole thoughts,
principles, and practices are done away with.
- We have the Spirit of God in
us. He will work through us to reconcile others to Him.
- We are reconciled to God by
forgiveness of sins through Jesus' death.
- If we are not reconciled to
God through Jesus. This is by total rejection of Jesus or by not complying
fully with the Word of God and all that it entails.
- Avoid any kind of evil,
darkness, or unrighteousness with unbelievers. We must not live like them
or partner with them in any unrighteous endeavor. We should influence or
witness to an unbeliever and seek to reconcile them to God.
- We should fear the judgment
of God. To receive the promise of God (eternal life) and His blessings, we
must pursue and perfect holiness in us (see He. 12:14).
- Paul's first letter produced sorrow
within the church and then the conviction led to their repentance.
- a. Sorrow toward God is the
understanding that you have sinned against God and have displeased Him. b.
Godly sorrow will lead to true repentance for your sin and then to the
salvation of your soul.
- He boasted to Titus his
confidence in the church to correct their shortcomings and to get back in
the will of God.
- They feared Titus would find
them lacking in the will of God.
- They gave while in poverty
and even beyond their ability.
- We must first dedicate our
hearts to the will of God then we will be open to what He shows us to do.
- No. It was a test of their
sincerity because they had previously promised that they would help the
- We must give in equality. The
abundance of one will supply the lack of another.
- They were trusted by the
church. This deterred any negative impression or accusation against Paul
as to the proper handling and distribution of the gift.
- Paul wanted them to be ready
early to show their generosity and sincerity in giving as they had
promised instead of grudgingly.
- How much you give is
proportional to how many people you can help and reach for God.
- God is able to supply all
our needs so that we will have sufficiency in all things to do the work He
needs us to do.
- Our weapons are spiritual
weapons; the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and God's presence Himself will
be our weapons against all strongholds and darkness.
- We are to bring them to
obedience acceptable to Christ.
- He would admonish and
discipline any disobedience because the church should know and abide in
the truth. (i.e. 1 Co 5).
- Paul brought to light the
church’s short comings. He condemned and shamed them. Therefore,
they did not like what he said to them.
- We should compare ourselves
to God’s standard, not by judging others.
- He labored to be able to
present the believers pure, committed, and focused on the one true God and
ready for Christ.
- He was afraid they might
believe false doctrines, condone idolatry, and still try to enforce the
Law of Moses (as in circumcision).
- They can seem to be
ministers of Christ but are really false teachers with watered doctrines
looking to benefit themselves.
- He would boast in the perils
and opposition he faced while trying to spread the gospel. He had no
strength or ability of his own to prevent any of it. However, he was
delivered each time by God.
- Once in Damascus the governor was seeking his
arrest and death but he was saved by going through a window in a basket
and let down the wall of the city.
- He did not want the people
to regard him more highly than they should. God should get all the honor.
- a. The worker of Satan who
was always there to oppose Paul's spreading of the Gospel. This always
brought opposition, reproaches, and sufferings for Paul. b. Suffering
makes you dependant on God. God always brought Paul through all the
resistance and opposition he faced. This kept Paul humble and determined in spreading
- He should have been
commended by the Corinthians as an apostle of Christ but was having to
- This seems to refer to the
gift that was given for the poor saints. He had Titus and others that he
knew they trusted to secure and distribute the gift. This eliminated the
false accusations they may have against him concerning the gift.
- They had received the best
in signs, wonders, miracles, and teachings but they had not contributed to
the financial or material needs of Paul.
- He had spent much time and
given them much knowledge of the will of the Lord. If they would be found
still in sins this would make Paul look inadequate and caused him
humiliation, sadness, and shame before God.
- Paul and the apostles
submitted to the will of God through Christ. They suffered for His sake.
- If they could prove on their
own that they were of Christ then it would be proof of Paul’s
authority in Christ, that Christ spoke through
him because it was of Paul’s ministry that they believed.
- Are we weak for Christ? Are
we as God wants us to be? Are we suffering or sacrificing for the sake of
the gospel? Are we feeling or hearing the Spirit in our heart and mind?
Are we obeying the will of the Father or doing our own way?
- If they were strong in their
faith then he would not have to enforce and discipline or correction.
- He prayed for their
righteous walk not for credit to be given to him but to do honor, justice,
and our ‘reasonable service’ to the profession of our faith.