The Book of 2 Corinthians
When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians from Ephesus, he sent the letter with Timothy to the Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 4:17). Timothy was to find out how they received the letter and report back to Paul. It appears that Paul had heard that things weren't going so well in response to his letter. It is likely Paul made several trips to Corinth to deal with the problems. (2 Corinthians 13:1-2). After the stir-up in Ephesus (Acts 19:23), Paul moved on to Troas, then to Macedonia, hoping to meet with Titus to get a report on the church. (2 Corinthians 2:12-13). Most of the people responded to Paul's letter in repentance; however, there were still some who were rebellious towards Paul. So, around 56 A.D. a year after the first letter (2 Corinthians 8:10), Paul and Timothy write this second letter and send it with Titus to the Corinthians. Paul then makes the third trip to Corinth (Acts 20:2), where he writes the letter to the Romans.
II Corinthians 1
2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:Letter from Paul, chosen by the will of God (not his will), to be an apostle of Christ. (Galatians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Colossians 1:1). Many questioned Paul's authority and apostleship. This second epistle is about Paul's defense and testimony of his ministry. (Achaia: Roman province including all of southern Greece below Macedonia, including Athens and Corinth).
2Co 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.May God the Father and our Lord Jesus give you grace and peace. (Remember, all peace of mind comes from Christ).
2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;The full Godhead here. "The comforter is the Holy Spirit." (John 14:16).
2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.God helps us through our trouble times and gives us comfort so that we may comfort others with the same troubles. (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11, Hebrews 12:12).
2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.The more we suffer standing for the faith, the more our Heavenly Father comforts us.
2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.Paul realized how God was using him and his suffering to help others. It was much more dangerous in their times than ours, but they endured it. (Romans 5:3-5, 8:28).
2Co 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.Share in the suffering, share in the comfort. Satan may cause you a lot of grief, but we have power over him, and the comforter will always see you through. (1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Timothy 2:12, James 1:2-4, 1:12).
2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:Paul fled Ephesus for his life. (Acts 19:23-41). Probably because he upset the silver idol makers who were making silver shrines to Diana.
2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:i.e. don't even trust yourself and learn to rely on God. (He is your greatest consultant).
2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;He rescues us from mortal danger, and He will do it again and again. (We need to put our confidence in Him).
2Co 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.Paul was saying, God answered many of your prayers that were for our safety. (Paul was grateful for the prayers of the church). Prayer works.
2Co 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.Paul is saying with a clear conscience that we have lived with God-given holiness and wisdom. Not human wisdom.
2Co 1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;Straight forward and to the truth, nothing you cannot understand. (Paul and the other apostles did not teach people what they wanted to hear to keep them coming, they taught bold and truthful).
2Co 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.Many of the people were not believers, and many of the ones who were believers did not know the truth. Paul is saying that even if you do not understand, or believe us now, when Christ returns you will see that what we have taught you was true. (Philippians 1:10). (All things will be set straight when Christ returns).
2Co 1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;Paul was sure of their understanding and trust and wanted to give them a double blessing by visiting them twice. (Romans 15:29).
2Co 1:16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.Paul is saying that I go where ever God sends me at the time.
2Co 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?Paul didn't do things that way. If God led him one way, he obeyed. Paul taught boldly and truthfully and took a stand for the faith.
2Co 1:18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.As sure as God is faithful, so are we, and our word does not waver between "yes" and "no."
2Co 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.Christ did not waver between "yes" and "no." We preach Christ to you. "He is God's ultimate, and He always does what He says." (1 John 5:20).
2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.God’s promises are solid and that is that! "They produce blessings." (Isaiah 43:26). Put God in remembrance and remind Him of His blessings and promises. "He loves when you talk to Him."
2Co 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;Chosen by God to stand firm and serve Him as protectors of the faith. (1 Peter 5:10, Revelation 1:6). "That is the job of a true Christian leader."
2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.God has identified us as His own by placing the "Holy Spirit" in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us. (Ephesians 1:13-14).
2Co 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.Paul is saying; I call upon God as my witness that I am telling you the truth. I was pretty upset with you in Corinth, and the reason I didn't return to you was to spare you from a severe rebuke. (There were more things going on there Paul didn't agree with).
2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.i.e. We do not want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. Your faith is there, you just need to work on it. We just want to help you by being examples to you. "Stay strong in the faith." (Ephesians 6:14-16, 1 Peter 5:8-9).
II Corinthians 2
2Co 2:1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.In chapter one, some of the people thought that Paul was a little wishy-washy because he promised to come to Corinth earlier, but never showed up. (2 Corinthians 1:23-24). So, here Paul tells them that he decided not to bring them grief with another visit.
2Co 2:2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?If I cause you grief, who will make me glad? (i.e. try to work things out yourself).
2Co 2:3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.Paul wanted to wait and visit them under better circumstances. Paul was probably being bad mouthed by someone causing trouble. (The same will happen to you when you teach the truth). So, Paul wanted them to work out their problems first, then he could visit them in joy.
2Co 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.Paul wrote his first letter with anguish and a troubled heart. He didn't want to do this, but sometimes tough love is needed if you care about someone. (Proverbs 27:5-6, Ephesians 4:15).
2Co 2:5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.Paul is saying that; I forgive anyone who speaks against me, and don’t blame you. The ones causing all the trouble are hurting you more than me. (Galatians 4:12, 5:10).
2Co 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.You took care of it and that was good enough. (1 Timothy 5:20). If they have really sinned, bring it before the church so that no one else will follow their example.
2Co 2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.If one realizes their mistake and repents, forgive them, otherwise they may be overcome by discouragement. (Galatians 6:1, Ephesians 4:32).
2Co 2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.Reaffirm your love for him. (Galatians 6:10).
2Co 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.I wrote you to test you and see if you would listen to me and handle things God's way. (Philemon 1:21).
2Co 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;When you forgive this man, I forgive him also. I do so with Christ's authority for your benefit. Christ is the one who sets us free when we follow His ways. (John 20:23).
2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.Satan loves conflict between Christians, so do not let him in and be deceived. He already has everyone else in the world. (1 Peter 5:8, Revelations 12:10).
2Co 2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,God opened the door for Paul just as He opens the door for us. Step through the door (entrance of faith), and teach the truth. (Acts 14:27).
2Co 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.Paul was worried about Titus because he did not arrive with a report from Corinth, so he moved on to Macedonia to meet him.
2Co 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.Paul was thanking God for being made His servant to spread the Word. (He uses us to spread the Word just as He did Paul). The Word is like a sweet fragrance to the soul.
2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:Those who are saved are like a sweet fragrance to Christ. (Philippians 4:18).
2Co 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?We smell different to different people. To the unbeliever, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. To those who are saved, we are a life giving fragrance.
2Co 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.We are not like deceivers and hustlers who teach for profit. (2 Corinthians 4:2). We preach the Word with sincerity and with Christ's authority. (God is always watching).
II Corinthians 3
2Co 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?It was common for preachers to carry letters of recommendation with them to prove they were legit. Many false teachers were taking advantage of people. Sound familiar? (Paul founded and established the church in Corinth). Those are his credentials. When you establish a ministry that draws people to the truth, many of the bigger denominational churches will not recognize you. So what! (Who cares what they think). It is only God and those who are being deceived by false teachers that are important. Forget what man thinks. God will take care of you and your ministry as long as you are following His will and teaching truth in His Word. (Not a bunch of junk and traditions of men). And don't let the college and seminary educated intimidate you. When you graduate from a seminary you get an equivalent to about a "fourth grade" education when it comes to true Christianity. Believe me, I have talked to many guys who graduated from the ministry, and most of them do not have a clue. "Do you want to trust your soul to a forth grader?"
2Co 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:Paul is saying that the only recommendation needed is your actions and teachings. If you are teaching the truth in the Word, your letter of recommendation is written in your heart. People can tell if they are being led astray. It may take a while, but when they start hearing the truth, it will set them free.
2Co 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.The Ten Commandments were written on stone tablets. Your heart has the teachings of Christ within you. (Psalm 40:8, Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10, 10:16). "Now that the teachings of Christ are within you, it will be your works that prove it."
2Co 3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:We are confident of this because of our trust in God to convert others and set them free.
2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;All our abilities and qualification come form God. "Not from some man or seminary." (John 15:5, Philippians 2:13, 4:13, James 1:17).
2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.Speaking of (Jeremiah 31:31-34), the new testament when you repent. (Matthew 26:28, Hebrews 8:6-13). Under the old law of Moses, man had to live in perfect obedience of the law to stand in God's presence. Under the "New Covenant," Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and through His righteousness, we can stand in the presence of God through faith in Him and the Holy Spirit. Remember, it is the Holy Spirit that brings life and wisdom to a person. (Matthew 10:19-20, Luke 21:15).
2Co 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:The old law would fade away, but the new testament (new covenant through Christ) will not. (Romans 10:4).
2Co 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?If the old law was glorious, how much greater is the "glory" under the new way, now that the "Holy Spirit" is giving life?
2Co 3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.The old way brought condemnation, the new way makes us right with God through Christ. "Christ paid the price." (Romans 8:3-4).
2Co 3:10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.The glory of the old law can't even compare with the overwhelming glory of the new way. (2 Peter 1:17, Revelation 21:23-24, 22:5).
2Co 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.The old way has been replaced (Hebrews 8:13), but the new way remains forever.
2Co 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:Tell it like it is! (John 16:25, 16:29, Ephesians 6:19-20, 1 Timothy 3:13).
2Co 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:Paul is saying that we are not like Moses who put the veil over his head so that the people of Israel would not see the glory that was destined to fade away. We as believers can now go where no man has gone before. Right into the holy of holies. (Ephesians 2:14-15, Hebrews 10:1-9).
2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.Hard headed people to this day (Romans 11:8), when they read the old testament, this same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. (Isaiah 44:18, Jeremiah 5:21, Matthew 13:11). This veil can only be removed by believing in Christ. When you screw up and sin, you can repent and have a clean slate. "The new testament forgives sin through Christ."
2Co 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.Even to this day their hearts are covered with that veil. An invisible spiritual veil coming between them and the truth. (Acts 13:27-29).
2Co 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away."The veil is no longer needed." When they turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (Isaiah 25:7, Acts 3:19, 28:28).
2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.The Lord is Spirit, and the Spirit of the Lord will set you free. "The Holy Spirit." (Romans 8:2, 8:15-16, Galatians 5:1).
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.When you remove the veil (take off the blinders), you can see the glory of the Lord. The Lord, who is Spirit, makes us more like Him. Through faith and works guided by the Holy Spirit, we become more like Jesus. (Ephesians 4:22-24, Romans 8:4).
II Corinthians 4
2Co 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;Since God has given us this new way, we never give up in the ministry. Faint not: We try to never be weak or weary. (Luke 18:1, Galatians 6:9, Ephesians 3:13).
2Co 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.We reject all the dishonest and underhanded methods of false teachers. (Ephesians 4:14). We do not try to trick or distort the Word of God to fit mans needs. (1 Thessalonians 2:3-5). We tell the truth before God. (Chapter by chapter and verse by verse). "Those who are honest know this."
2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:It is available to all, but hidden from non-believers. Example: Read our newsletter "Three earth ages, and Back to the garden." Hidden from the majority of Christians and not taught by so-called scholars of the Word. (If you don't know what happened at the beginning, you will never understand the rest of God's Word).
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.Satan, the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. (John 12:31, 12:40, Ephesians 2:2). They do not understand the message about the glory of Christ, who is in the exact likeness of God. (John 1:14, 12:45, 14:9-10). Not only the unbeliever, but he blinds the minds of many believers that are being deceived by false teachers. (Always check out your teacher with the Word).
2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.We don't preach about ourselves or traditions of men. We preach Christ crucified and that He is Lord, and we are servants of Christ as well as your servants for Christ's sake. (A true teacher is a servant to the people when it comes to bringing them the truth).
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.We are the children of that light to bring the truth to others. (1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 5:8).
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.In these earthly vessels (flesh bodies), we have this treasure. "Power and authority over all your enemies that comes from God." (Luke 10:19).
2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;We will experience pressure and troubles from every side. It may look at times like there is no way out, but we still have hope. (John 14:18).
2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;We may be hunted and knocked down at times, but we are never abandoned by God. (Psalm 9:10, Hebrews 13:5).
2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.Through our suffering it reminds us of Christ and to share in His death, so that the life of Christ may also be seen in us. (Romans 8:17-18, Galatians 6:17, John 14:19, Romans 8:17, 2 Timothy 2:11).
2Co 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.We live under constant danger because we serve Jesus (Romans 8:36), so that the life of Jesus is evident in these flesh bodies. (Romans 8:11). The same Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. (The Holy Spirit will always guide you and see you through).
2Co 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.We face death every day bringing forth the truth. (But we get eternal life)! Many have died during the reformation period to bring forth the "true faith of Christianity" so that we have the freedom to study God's Word for ourselves today.
2Co 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;Quoting (Psalm 116:10). When you believe you speak the word of truth. (Proverbs 21:28). False witnesses will perish, but a man who hears the truth, will speak the truth.
2Co 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.All that believe will be raised. (Luke 16). Lazarus and the rich man. You are not in some hole in the ground, but rather resurrect as Christ did. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Paul believed in this, so nothing slowed him down. Even the fear of death, because he knew that he would be raised to eternal life. (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.Paul is saying that all our suffering is for your sake. (Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy 2:10). The more people led to the truth, the more glory God will receive. It is worth wile even if only one soul is converted to follow God.
2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.A true Christian never gives up. Even though our flesh bodies grow old and weak, our spirit is being renewed every day when you stay in God's Word. (Psalm 51:10, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23, Titus 3:5, Luke 11:3).
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;These small troubles we have everyday in these flesh bodies are nothing (1 Corinthians 10:13), compared to the glory we will have in our spirit bodies with eternal life.
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.Forget the troubles that we can see now, but rather fix your eyes on the things you cannot see that come later and will last forever. (Hebrews 11:1). There is a old oriental saying, that life is like a finger pointing to the sky; "don't concentrate on the finger, or you will miss out on all the heavenly glory."
II Corinthians 5
2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.When this earthly body is gone, we will have our spiritual body for eternity. (1 Corinthians 15:46-48, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
2Co 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:We groan (sigh, or pray with grief), and grow weary in our present bodies, and long to put on our spirit bodies like new clothing. (Romans 8:23, Philippians 1:23, I Corinthians 15:53-54).
2Co 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.Put on our heavenly bodies, followed by our righteous acts of fine linen. (Revelation 3:18, 16:15, 19:7-8). "You need good acts for rewards in heaven."
2Co 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.In these earthly bodies we sigh and become depressed at times. Not that we want to die and get rid of these old bodies, but rather we want to put on our new spiritual bodies. These old bodies will be swallowed up by life. (Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:53-54).
2Co 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.God prepared us for this and He has given us a guarantee which is His Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 13:6, Ephesians 4:30, 1 John 3:24).
2Co 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:If we are still in these flesh bodies, we are absent from the Lord. (i.e. Are spirits are not in heaven in God's presence).
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)Walking by faith gives us hope. Not so much by sight, or what we hear. (Galatians 2:20).
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.When we leave these bodies, we return to the Heavenly Father from which we came. (1 Corinthians15:46-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18). This is not a rapture, but a gathering back to the Lord in our spirit bodies.
2Co 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.We labor in this world not to earn a way to heaven, but rather to please our Heavenly Father. (Ephesians 1:6, Hebrews 12:28). "You can't buy your way to heaven."
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.We will all stand before Christ to be judged. Written in the book of life. He will judge us for the good, or evil we have done in these earthly bodies. (Romans 6:12-13, Revelation 20:12, 20:13, 22:12). No one goes un-judged.
2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.We understand our fearful responsibility to our Lord. We work hard to draw others to God. Our Heavenly Father knows if we are sincere in our responsibilities.
2Co 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.Many ministries look so holy, and their leaders act like priests and preachers, but they are false teachers with no sincere hearts. (Matthew 23:27-28, 1 Peter 3:3-4, 2 Peter 2:1). "Do not be deceived!"
2Co 5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.If it appears that we are crazy, we are just crazy for God. Remember, they accused Christ of being crazy. (Mark 3:21).
2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:It is Christ's love that controls us. Christ died for our sins, and upon repentance, all is forgiven. He paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross. (John 1:29). As Christians we also believe that we died to our old life, to make room for the new life in Christ. (1 John 2:1-2, Galatians 2:20).
2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.Don't live just for yourself, but live as a servant of the living God. Remember, Christ died for you and the rest of us, so that we may all have a chance at eternal life. (No, everyone will not make it). Only the true believers that put their trust in Him. (1 John 4:9).
2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.Stop evaluating others past from a human point of view. Before we knew Christ, we evaluated Him the same way. But, how different we know Him now. The same goes for others we know. Forget their past and see how they are now. "They may surprise you."
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.When you believe and accept Christ you belong to Him and become a new person. The old life is gone and a new life has begun. (Matthew 9:16-17, Romans 6:4-6).
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;All good things are a gift from God, who has brought us back to Him through Christ. Now God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. (Colossians 1:20).
2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.He no longer counts people’s sin against them. Reconciled to the living God. Again, Christ paid the price. (1 John 4:10). "God has given us the Word to make us right with Him."
2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.We are representatives for Christ. (Ephesians 6:20). We speak for Christ when we plead to someone to come back to God. (It is as if Christ was pleading through us).
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.Christ knew no sin, but He was the offering for our sins. (Ephesians 5:2). He did this so that we could be made right with God through Him. (Philippians 3:9). "Praise God and thank you Jesus."
II Corinthians 6
2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.Paul is saying that as God's partners, we beg you not to accept the marvelous gift of God's kindness and ignore it. Cherish the gift God has given you and be open to His work in your life. (Hebrews 12:25, 1 Peter 4:10).
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)God has heard you and on the day of salvation, He helps us. Today is that day of salvation. (Isaiah 49:8, Luke 4:19, Hebrews 3:7).
2Co 6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:Live and teach so that no one will stumble because of you. (Matthew 18:6, Romans 14:13). Try your best to have no fault in your ministry. (Isaiah 49:9). Search and study for truth.
2Co 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,In everything you do, show you belong to Christ. We can endure the trials and tribulations that must be faced. "God will never leave you or forsake you." (Romans 8:35-36).
2Co 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;These guys went through some tough times. You will to if you stand for Christ and teach the truth in the Word. (Many of you may have taken a beating, been in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and have gone without food). I know I have personally, and only faith in God has seen me through these tough times. "Trust in Him."
2Co 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,We prove ourselves by purity, understanding and patience with the Holy Spirit in us. (2 Timothy 4:2).
2Co 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,We teach the truth and God's power is working in us. (2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5). We use the weapons of righteousness; "The Gospel Armor." (Ephesians 6:11-18).
2Co 6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;We serve whether people honor us or despise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. "Have you ever shared a truth with a friend or family member and they look at you like you are crazy?" Maybe you tried to convert a non-believer and they just made a smart remark and blew you off. It will happen, and many will despise you because of your knowledge and faith.
2Co 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;We may be ignored by the world, but God know us. We may have come close to death, but are still alive. (Romans 8:36). The Heavenly Father is with us always. I am sure that many of you have been ignored by others when trying to share a truth, or have had a near death experience in your lifetime. But, if you are still here, your Heavenly Father has a plan for you.
2Co 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.Our heart aches but we still have joy. We may be poor, but we still have spiritual riches and give them to others. We own nothing, but yet we have everything. (2 Corinthians 6:10, Revelation 2:9-11).
2Co 6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.We have always spoken open and honestly with you, and our hearts are always open to you. (Psalm 119:32, Ephesians 6:8).
2Co 6:12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.We show no lack of love, but you have withheld your love from us. (You may show your love for others in teaching the Word, but don't expect them all to appreciate your work or love you back).
2Co 6:13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.Paul is saying that he wants them to respond as if they were one of his children and open their hearts to them! (1 Thessalonians 2:11). Why were many of the Corinthians withholding their love? Because they had divided hearts. (Ezekiel 11:19), It was the false teachers that had stolen their hearts, and now they were kind of cold towards Paul.
2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?Don't partner up with unbelievers. (James 4:4). It is not a good mix, and they will just bring you down. (Psalm 106:35). "They want you to stumble." However, you can be around unbelievers to plant a truth. That is what we are here for, to convert the unbeliever if possible.
2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?There is no harmony between Christ and the devil. So, how can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? (Mark 16:16). However, don't let this come between you and your spouse if one of you is a believer and one is not. As long as the unbeliever does not interfere with your faith in Christ, there is always a chance that the unbeliever will convert from being around you. (If it be God's will).
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.There is no union between God's temple and idols. You don’t want idols in the temple of God. (i.e. don't pray to statues). (Exodus 29:45, Leviticus 26:12 Jeremiah 23:29). "We are temples and children of the living God." (Romans 9:26).
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,Don't get to close to an unbeliever when all possible. You can be around them, but do not follow their ways of the world. (Proverbs 9:6). You hang with them to long and you will start to acquire their habits.
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.Follow God's wisdom and will; He is your Heavenly Father, and you will be His child. (Galatians 3:26, Revelation 21:7).
II Corinthians 7
2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.We receive the promises of God if we try our best to cleanse ourselves from things that defile the body or spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:7, 5:23). Because we fear God, lets do what is His will for us. (Psalms 19:9, Proverbs 16:6, Hebrews 12:28).
2Co 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.Paul is pleading with them to open their hearts to them. He tells them that they have never done them wrong, led them astray, nor taken advantage of them concerning money.
2Co 7:3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.Paul isn't saying this to condemn, but he is saying that the people would be in their hearts till the end.
2Co 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.Paul was proud of them and had confidence in them in spite of all their problems.
2Co 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.When they arrived in Macedonia they faced trouble everywhere. (Even on the inside).
2Co 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;God encourages those who need it.
2Co 7:7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.Paul gave them a heads up that he was coming, and they worked their own problems out. "This made Paul very happy."
2Co 7:8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.Paul was talking about the letter of correction he sent them. (He was sorry at first, because he knew it was painful to them at first). However, everything worked out for the better.
2Co 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.Paul is saying that he was glad he sent the letter. Not because it hurt them, but because it caused them to wake up, repent, and change their ways.
2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.The sorrow of repentance brings eternal life. (Acts 3:19, 11:18, 2 Timothy 2:25-26). Worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. The sorrow of carnal men about worldly objects, loss of fortune, fame, or friends; which, being separated from the fear and love of God, and faith in his providence and mercy, frequently drinks up their spirits, breaks their proud rebellious hearts, or drives them to lay desperate hands on themselves.
2Co 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.You have done everything necessary to make things right with God. (This is the result of tough love). Always straighten out a fellow brother or sister with love (tough love), when you care for them. (Never enable them to further their problem).
2Co 7:12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.My purpose of the letter was not to write about who did wrong, or who was wronged. I wrote it so that you could see for yourselves in the sight of God what the problems were. "Then you could fix them."
2Co 7:13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.It was all good news and Titus was happy about the way you welcomed him and set his mind at ease.
2Co 7:14 For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.Paul told Titus how proud he was of them. It was Paul's correction (tough love), that brought out the truth and joy in the end.
2Co 7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.Titus was pretty direct in his teachings, and he got the job done. (Always be bold and to the point when teaching the truth in God's Word).
2Co 7:16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.Paul was very happy with them and had complete confidence in them.
II Corinthians 8
2Co 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;What kindness God has done through the churches in Macedonia.
2Co 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.They are very poor but are filled with joy in their generosity. (The poor are always the most generous).
2Co 8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;Paul is saying that they gave more than they could afford at their own free will. (Paul was no beggar for money, and never took a salary for himself). The best reward for teaching Gods word is not money.
2Co 8:4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.They begged Paul and the others to give more money for the believers in Jerusalem.
2Co 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.Gave their hearts to the Lord first, then they gave their hearts to Paul and the boys.
2Co 8:6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.Titus got the ball rolling by getting the Corinthians to give to the brethren in Judea.
2Co 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.Paul is saying that since you excel in all the other ways (faith, gifted speakers, knowledge, and enthusiasm), it is good for you to excel in gracious giving. (i.e. it is good to help the church and others in need when you can). "Just beware of the beggars who take advantage of others."
2Co 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.Paul giving advice on proving how genuine their love was. Comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. (Hebrews 10:24).
2Co 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.Example of the generous giving of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make us as rich as Him. Rich in the Word of truth. (John 16:15).
2Co 8:10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.Good to finish what you started a year ago. Not only started to give, but they actually wanted to give.
2Co 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.i.e. Give what you can, not what you don't have. Again, this is Paul's advice.
2Co 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.Whatever you give is acceptable according to what you have. If you have nothing left to give after you pay all the bills, that is acceptable also. (There are many other ways to support the ministry, or your church).
2Co 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:This does not mean that you should give to make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. (Keep things in perspective).
2Co 8:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:At this time you people of Corinth have some extra funds to help those in Jerusalem. Later, the ones you helped may be able to help you when you are in need. (The Jewish people always help each other, even to this day).
2Co 8:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.The scriptures tell us that all will equal out in life. (Exodus 16:18, Luke 22:35). Everyone's needs were met.
2Co 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.Titus had the enthusiasm to work things out that Paul had.
2Co 8:17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.Titus was very eager to see them. (Titus didn't need to be asked to help out, he volunteered). It is rare to find a person who offers help to someone in need without being asked. Especially today when everyone is out for themselves.
2Co 8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;Believed by most scholars to be Luke. Luke was the scribe for Paul and kept the manuscripts.
2Co 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:Appointed by the churches to accompany us as we take the offerings to Jerusalem.
2Co 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:Paul didn't want any criticism on the way they were handling the money. Paul was being responsible by sending two people to handle the money, and in the open, not behind closed doors. (Good example for churches today). To many rip offs out there today, watch who you trust with the money.
2Co 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.They were careful to be honorable before the Lord, as well as honorable before men.
2Co 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.Titus helped to strengthen out their faith and had confidence in them.
2Co 8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.They are Christ’s messengers. Titus and Luke taught the Word of truth as it was written.
2Co 8:24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.Listen to them and love the Word of truth they bring to you. Prove to the church that our boasting about you is justified. (2 Corinthians 7:14).
II Corinthians 9
2Co 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:Paul is saying that he doesn't need to write about this.
2Co 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.The Word was spreading there and the Corinthians had begun earlier to collect funds for Jerusalem.
2Co 9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:Paul sent Titus to make sure they were ready and the money was all collected.
2Co 9:4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.Don't let us down... Some of the Macedonians went with Paul to Corinth. Sopater, Aristarchus, and Secundus were all Macedonians traveling with Paul. (Acts 20:1-5).
2Co 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.Paul wanted a willing gift, and wanted to make sure everything was ready when he got there.
2Co 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.The more you give the more you get in return. (However, don't strap yourself if you have nothing to give).
2Co 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.Each of us must decide how much to give. God loves a cheerful giver, but never give when your under pressure to give. (Don't get sucked in to those always begging for money).
2Co 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:God will provide you with what you need. (You will always have something left to help others in need).
2Co 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.Help the poor and your deeds will be remembered forever. Quoting from: (Psalms 112:9). This applies to the poor in spirit also. "Share a truth and reap the rewards."
2Co 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)Bless God willingly and He will always bless you. (Proverbs 11:18).
2Co 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.If God enables you to help others, do it, and they will thank God for you.
2Co 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;Two things happen here by you giving. The needs of Jerusalem will be met, and they will give their thanks to God for you.
2Co 9:13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. Your generosity to all believers will prove your obedient to the Good News of Christ.
2Co 9:14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.They will pray for you because of your faithfulness and loyalty for the ministry of God. (1 Timothy 1:14).
2Co 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.Thank God for this gift that is to wonderful for words. (Ephesians 5:20).
II Corinthians 10
2Co 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:There were some false super preachers in the Corinthian church who didn't think Paul had any authority. They say that Paul writes some pretty heavy letters, but when he's present, he is not so impressive and kind of timid. "I guess they though Paul was not Pious enough." (Paul was a chosen vessel by God, not some fake preacher, or wimp).
2Co 10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.Paul is intending to set these super preachers straight when he comes, but he does not want to be harsh with the church of Corinth in general.
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:Even though we are in the flesh, we don't wage war as humans do. (Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 4:1-2). "We have the Gospel Armor." (Ephesians 6:10-12).
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)We use God's mighty weapons to knock down strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. "That is why Satan is afraid of God's elect." (Ephesians 6:13-18).
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;We destroy the obstacles that keep people from God. (Hebrews 4:12). (Traditions of men and their false teachings). Do not be deceived, and don't let Satan use your mind for rebellious thoughts.
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.After you become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient. (God will see to that)!
2Co 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.Don't think you have the authority like Christ when it comes to judging others. (There is a lot of abuse of authority in churches today). Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we all belong to Christ as much as they do.
2Co 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:Paul is saying that everything God gives us is to help the many member body of Christ, not to destroy it like the things of Satan.
2Co 10:9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.Not trying to frighten you with my letter.
2Co 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.The super preachers say; "Paul's letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak and his sermons are worthless."
2Co 10:11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.These people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters. (Paul was the same in person as his letters). Be bold, truthful, and to the point in everyway you teach. (Romans 15:18). Paul would never boast about anything except what Christ has done through him, bringing the Gentiles to God through his message, and the way he worked among them.
2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.They measure themselves by themselves and leave Christ out of the equation. (Proverbs 26:12). (These ignorant preachers who say God always talks to them thinking they are something special). "Use God's standards to discern truth, not man's."
2Co 10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.Teach within the boundaries of the work God has given you. (Ephesians 4:7, 1 Peter 4:10). "Stick with the word of God, not traditions of men."
2Co 10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:Paul and the others were not claiming beyond what God allows. "They were the first ones there to establish the church in Corinth."
2Co 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,We hope your faith will grow according to the boundaries of God. (Romans 15:20). Paul always taught where the name of Christ has never been heard. (He preached mostly to the lost, rather than where a church has already been started).
2Co 10:16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.To preach the Good News "where no man has gone before." Then there will be no question about us boasting about work done in someone else's territory.
2Co 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.If you are going to boast, boast about the Lord, not yourself. i.e. don't boast about what you did for the Lord today, but rather what the Lord has done for you.
2Co 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.When you commend yourself, it doesn't count for much. When the Lord commends someone, He blesses them. (Romans 14:18, 2 Timothy 2:15). "Then you have a good teacher to follow."
II Corinthians 11
2Co 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.Hope you will put up with my foolishness a little more and bear with me. (1 Corinthians 1:21, 3:18, 4:10).
2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.Jealous when you mess with false gods and teachers. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband, Jesus Christ. (Romans 7:4, 1 Corinthians 4:15). You may have thousands of instructors, but our Heavenly Father gives us the one true Word. "He sent Christ to be the only Savior." (Paul became like their father in Christ).
2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.Paul was worried that they would be beguiled (holy seduced). Your undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted just like Eve was deceived by the serpent. (Hebrews 13:9, 1 John 4:1, Revelation 12:9).
2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.You fall for anything that someone tells you. They preach a different Jesus and you fall for it. They tell you about a different spirit other than the holy Spirit and you grab onto it. (Ephesians 4:4-5). You accept a different gospel rather than the one you believe. (Galatians 1:7-8). You are being fooled and listen to those who twist and change the Gospel of Christ. (Acts 15:1). Quit listening to false preachers and traditions of men.
2Co 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.I am not inferior in any way to these "super apostles" who teach these things. "The same goes for today." A true Christian and teacher of the Word should never feel inferior to these "super preachers" of today.
2Co 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.Paul is saying that he may be unskilled as a speaker, but he is not lacking in knowledge. You don't need to be a "smooth speaker" to be knowledgeable in the Word of God. If you don't want to be a speaker of the Word, you can write about it and get the same results. "Like here at the Good News Ministry." (Ephesians 3:4).
2Co 11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by telling you about the Good News without expecting anything in return? (1 Thessalonians 2:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:8). You do not need to be a beggar when teaching God's Word. Here at the Good News Ministry, we do not beg for money, require tithing, or accept donations. (Trust in God and you can make it on your own). Not only that, but when you don't depend on people to support you, the truth is much easier to teach. You don't need to always please those supporting your ministry by giving them what they want to hear. (All churches do it). If not, they would lose most of their support.
2Co 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.Paul didn't literally rob the other churches. He was talking about accepting gifts from the other churches to help him live on so he could serve them at Corinth. (i.e. He wasn't even supported by those who he was teaching at the time). Even today, everyone wants everything for nothing. Another reason we don't beg for money at the Good News Ministry. (Most people won't support you anyway). "God will reward the just and those who teach the truth in the end."
2Co 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.Paul was a tent maker and he was not in the ministry for money, or to be deceiving people. Same here at the Good News Ministry, I am a service tech by trade, and a teacher of God's Word because I was called to do so. (This ministry is self-supported and God always provides).
2Co 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.No man can stop me from boasting about this. (Paul told it like it was).
2Co 11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.Is it because I don't love you? Not at all, God knows that I do.
2Co 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.I will continue to do what I have always done. I will always try to prove the "super preachers" wrong. Those who say they are teaching the truth, but are teaching false doctrine and traditions of men. (These super preachers need to be challenged today also). "Set straight if you will."
2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.These people are false teachers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. (Matthew 24, Mark 13).
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.Don’t be surprised about Satan who disguises himself as an angel of light. (Revelation 12:9, 13:11, II Thessalonians 2:1-13).
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.It is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. You know how good Satan is at doing impressions of God, so Satan's servants are also very good at impersonating God's servants. They look and sound so holy. (Matthew 7:15) "Their day is coming in the end."
2Co 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.This may sound foolish to you, but you better believe it because it is true. (i.e. If you believe a fool, you should at least believe me).
2Co 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.Boasting is not of God, I am just boasting like a fool.
2Co 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.The fools boast about their human achievements, so I will too. However, I boast about God's work.
2Co 11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.You think you are so wise, but you fall for the fools and traditions of men.
2Co 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.You let them enslave you and take advantage of you. Your in bondage and let them control your lives. (Romans 16:17-18). It goes on in so many churches today. They want to know everything about you and they want you to live according to their ways. "This is not freedom."
2Co 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.Paul is being a little sarcastic in comparing himself to these false apostles to show them what a big mistake it is to listen to these hypocrites.
2Co 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.Are they Hebrews and descendants of Abraham? So am I. (Romans 11:1). They worked their way in and are not of Abraham. (John 8:33-39). Christ knew they weren't and weeded them out.
2Co 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.Paul tells them that he faced death every day bringing them the truth. Now Paul is going to tell them what being a servant of Christ is all about. (Lets see how you would stack-up).
2Co 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.The legal limit for the Jews was to give only 39 stripes. (The Romans had no limit).
2Co 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;Three times Paul was beaten with rods. Once he was stoned, and he was ship wrecked at least three times.
2Co 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;In Paul's travels, he faced many dangers along the way. Robbers, danger form his own people the Jews, danger from the gentiles, danger in the cities, desert, and the seas. But mostly, danger from those who claim to be Christian, but were just false teachers. (It's a jungle out there).
2Co 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.Enduring sleepless nights, no food or drink at times, and shivered in the cold without the proper clothing. You know, this also includes the fact that Paul worked hard as a tent maker so that he would not be a burden to the churches. (Paul supported himself). When you work for a living in the real world without the church supporting you, it gets tough at times. (Most preachers don't know how good they really have it when their income comes mainly form the church). Especially the super preachers. (Swimming pools, movie stars, fine living and fancy cars). Kind of sounds like the Beverly Hillbillies when they came to California.
2Co 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.Besides all these burdens, I still have the daily burden of my concern for the churches.
2Co 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?When the church needs help I bring the help, and I correct the one who brings the false teachings in the church. (Romans 15:1, Galatians 6:2).
2Co 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.If I must boast, I would rather boast that when I am weak, God sees me through.
2Co 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.God knows that I am not lying Paul is saying. (Paul was never accused of being dishonest by the brethren).
2Co 11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:When in Damascus, the governor under king Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch Paul. This Aretas was an Arabian king, and the father-in-law of Herod Antipas, upon whom he made war in consequence of his having divorced his daughter. Herod applied to Tiberius for help, who sent Vitellius to reduce Aretas, and to bring him alive, or dead to Rome. By some means or other Vitellius delayed his operations, and in the mean time Tiberius died; and it is probable that Aretas, who was thus snatched from ruin, availed himself of the favorable state of things, and seized on Damascus, which had belonged to his ancestors.
2Co 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.After Paul was struck down in Damascus by the Lord and was converted, he was lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape the governor. (Acts 9:19-25).
II Corinthians 12
2Co 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.Enough about myself... "I will continue to tell about visions and revelations from the Lord."
2Co 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.Was Paul speaking of John the revelator (Revelation 21:1), or was it Paul himself who was taken to the third heaven. (Meaning spiritually there, but not physically). The third heaven age where he was shown future things.
2Co 12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)Didn't know whether he was in the physical body or spirit. "It felt the same to him."
2Co 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.He knew everything in the spirit. (Things no human is allowed to tell).
2Co 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.This experience is worth boasting about, but I won't. (Only glory in my weakness I will boast about).
2Co 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.If I did boast I would be telling the truth, but I won't. I don't want any more credit than one can see in my life and teachings.
2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.Always an angel of Satan on his ass ready for him to mess up and show his pride. But, Paul did his best not to give in when he could. "We all face Satan's temptations at times, but we need to do our best not to give in." (If we do, we need to repent and get back on track).
2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.Asking the Lord to take this angel of the devil away. It is no difference for us, and we know that God never gives us more than we can handle. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Our power works best in weakness, or when we are down. "God will always lead the way and see you through."
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.Paul is saying that he takes pleasure in weaknesses for Christ sake. "We should do the same." (Colossians 1:24). Paul was in prison in Rome as part of his suffering, but was happy because he was continuing the work of the Lord.
2Co 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.You have made me look like a fool boasting like this. You should have commended me instead of these super preachers. They know nothing compared to what I have been shown by God, even though I am nothing at all. "Even today people do not recognize a good truthful teacher of the Word if he does not have a super preacher title or education." (Don't be deceived, Christ Himself chose His disciples from common working men and women).
2Co 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.You have seen the proof in me Paul is saying. (There is a good old saying; the proof is in the pudding). "The new saying is; walk the walk, if your going to talk the talk."
2Co 12:13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.Paul didn't take anything from the Corinthians. However, he was supported a little by the Macedonians. (Philippians 4:15). Paul supported himself as a tent maker (Acts 18:3). Most of the apostles all supported themselves by trade work. (Tent makers, carpenters, fishermen, etc.). Teaching God's word should never have a monetary value put on it; it should be taught because one wants to teach. (If you are teaching the word for money, that will be your only reward; if you teach just because of your calling and caring for others, you will receive a greater reward in heaven).
2Co 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.Paul was not a beggar and wanted nothing of the Corinthians but themselves. (Wanted them to be dedicated to the truth in the Word).
2Co 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.The heart of a ministry is to give yourself to others free of charge. (We do this at the Good News Ministry and we love it; God always takes care of us and we love Him for it).
2Co 12:16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.Most of the Corinthians knew Paul was not a burden to them, but the super preachers thought he was sneaky and took advantage of the people. Bottom line here is that they thought because Paul did not take offerings from the Corinthians, that he was planning on keeping the "offerings for Jerusalem" for himself. "Not true."
2Co 12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?None of the ones Paul had sent took advantage of them.
2Co 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?All of the same good Spirit. (None of them had made a buck off the church). It was all done from the heart to care for others.
2Co 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.Were not making excuses here. This is all done to help you. We are here to build up the house of God and a strong family in Christ.
2Co 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:I don't want to find any of this bad behavior going on when I come. (Paul is hoping that the Corinthians straighten out their problems before he arrives).
2Co 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.I am hoping you will change your ways, but I am afraid I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old ways of sin. "Sometimes people just don't care and continue in their worldly ways." Many pretend to be Christians when in church (they look and act so holy), but the minute they hit the streets, its back to sinning again. "We call them hypocrites."
II Corinthians 13
2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.Every case should be established by two or three witnesses. (Deuteronomy 17:6, Matthew 18:6).
2Co 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:Paul is warning that he won't be easy on those who haven't repented of their sins.
2Co 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.I will give you the proof Christ is in me when I speak. (Matthew 10:20). Christ is powerful among you, and he worked powerfully through Paul. (Acts 13:6-12).
2Co 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.Even though Christ was crucified in weakness, He lives by the power of God. The power of God is coming and it is in His message. "We will have God's power with us."
2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?Take a good look at yourself and see if you are the "real thing." If not, your just a puff in the wind and you have failed the test of genuine faith. i.e. Are you a friend of God or the world? (James 4:4). How are you doing my friend?
2Co 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.We can stand the test. What about you?
2Co 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.We pray that you will be honest and do the right thing not needing our correction. (Romans 12:17, Philippians 4:8).
2Co 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.We cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth. (Proverbs 21:30). When you are a true Christian, you only stand for truth and ignore the worldly traditions of men and false teachings.
2Co 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.Paul is saying here that we are glad to seem weak if it shows you are strong. i.e. Paul would give up his good reputation, just as long as the Corinthians are growing in Christ. (Standing for others in Christ).
2Co 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.I use this power to help you, not to tear you down. However, there are times when sharpness is necessary. (Titus 1:13). "That is the sign of a true Christian teacher of God."
2Co 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.Be mature and of good comfort. (With the help of the Holy Spirit). Be of one mind with the word of God. The love and peace of God is always with you. (Matthew 1:23, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Revelation 22:21).
2Co 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.Greet each other with Christian love. (1 Thessalonians 5:26, 1 Peter 5:14).
2Co 13:13 All the saints salute you.The saints of God are the set aside ones. (God's elect). Those who follow the living God. (Philippians 4:21-22, Hebrews 13:24, 2 John 1:13).
2Co 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. (The full Trinity present). The signature is: The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas. (Lucas was Luke).
Keep The Faith,