August 6, Reading 3 – 2 Corinthians 12:14-13:14

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SAA Notes

Are Paul’s fears for the Corinthian Church (12:20,21) realised in our church today? Of what value is Paul’s response in 13:5,6,11?

SJA Notes

Paul’s “Finally” wraps up good purpose, the exhortations and encouragements and rebukes throughout his second letter to this church.

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Above a little in today’s passage Paul gives voice to his fears that perhaps when he met with them again there would be quarreling and jealousy, anger and so on.

Paul doesn’t give his finally in vain hope. He is realistic about his own fears and concerns, but his hope is founded on Christ.

Who lives by the power of God.

This is STRENGTH! It is not a weak hope that we have, even this specific hope in restoration, other-centeredness, agreement amongst each other as God’s people.

* Gracious Father God,

Please help us to be striving for restoration with one another when we do each other harm.

Please help us to be focussed and centered on others and not ourselves.

Please help us to agree with our brothers and sisters in You.

And please help us to live in peace with one another.

We thank You that we have this hope Lord, that in Jesus we can do these things here on earth.

Thank You that it is Your power that raised Jesus from the dead to life, and so with us! Dry bones and dead hearts, made alive!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Amen.

August 5, Reading 3 – 2 Corinthians 12:1-13

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SAA Notes

This is the only occasion where an Apostle lets you into his private spiritual experiences. This uniqueness should give us pause. The human heart is too easily impressed and led astray by the self-proclaimed spiritual experiences of those who would lead. Such experiences should be treated as we should treat those of other intimate relationships such as marriage – with a jealous privacy, modesty and respect!

SJA Notes

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We are reminded again of the worth in submission under God’s will, in the situations He places us in. Situations where we might be insulted or suffer a calamity.

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

It is an upside-down logic for any worldly understanding, because we are so far from God.

But He has come near in Jesus, and brought us near through Jesus – So that in our weakness He can be glorified. There is worth in our weakness!

Let’s be encouraged in this, and continue to wrestle with what this means for us.

* Lord God,

Thank You that even though we are weak, Your strength is shown through us.

Thank You for Jesus, our Saviour and King.

Please help us each day to be more like Him.

Please show us today from Your word what You would have us know.

Amen.