2 Corinthians 13

Author

Joel King

Scripture

2 Corinthians 13:1-14

Observations

· Paul reminds them of Deuteronomy 19:15 which says that testimony should be established when more than one witness corroborates a story
· He warned them on his first visit and now reminds them before his third visit that he will directly address those who continue to sin without repentance
· They apparently have asked proof that Paul is speaking through Paul
· He assures them that Christ’s power will be fully shown when he gets there
· Though Christ humbled himself before the cross, he now is in his full glory and power
· Likewise, Paul and his companions are weak, but by His revealed power they will minister to the Corinthians
· He encourages them to test themselves to see if they really are Christ’s disciples
· If they are true followers Christ is in them
· He believes that they will pass the test
· Paul prays that they will pass the test
· He hopes that whatever they believe about him and his companions, they will remain faithful to Christ
· Paul is compelled to speak and do only that what is true
· He rejoices in his weaknesses, in contrast he rejoices when they are strong
· His prayer for them is that they may grow toward perfection in Christ
· He writes because he wants them to work it out now so that when he arrives it is all worked out
· God has given Paul authority to speak into their lives, and it is his intent to use it to build them up in Christ not tear them down
· In conclusion he encourages them to Grow towards perfection (process) and try and live with each other in peace and in agreement
· Greet one another with loving affection

Application

· We are sinners, but we should pursue a life of holiness
· Our spiritual leaders should speak into the areas of our lives that we stubbornly refuse to address
· Spiritual authority is to be used to move people closer to God, not tear them down
· Christ is honored when we truly love each other and choose to forgive one another and pursue peace
· We need to be careful believing the accusations against spiritual leaders. They should be corroborated and taken in light of what we know to be true of the leader.

Prayer

Father,
Thank you that the Son humbled himself even unto death on the cross. Thank you for forgiving me my sins. Help me to take the sin in my life seriously and not take advantage of your grace. Show me how to build others up, and live in peace and unity with my brothers and sisters in Christ. In Jesus Name I pray, AMEN

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Stephanie Ramirez wrote:
"Christ is honored when we truly love each other and choose to forgive one another and pursue peace" ...Amen! This application stood out to me.
Thank You God for these SOAP study's. Thank You for the leaders of our church. Thank You for Your indescribable love and patience and for always meeting me where I am at in my life and knowing how to help me grow closer to You. Please God, help me to truly love, forgive and pursue peace. Amen.

Tue, May 5, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

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