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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Corinthians Chapter 1 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55-57 AD)
Overview: Paul Addresses the Church (c 1-13)
Theme: Paul Explains His Actions (c 1-2)
Message: Greetings from Paul (v 1-24)

2 Corinthians 1 Commentary

(1:1-2) Greetings from Paul - This letter was probably one of the more difficult letters for Paul to write. Although Paul wanted to rejoice with the Corinthians in their spiritual growth, he didn’t shrink from asserting his authority and disciplining those who needed it.

(1:3-11) God Offers Comfort to All - Paul would typically begin a letter by thanking God for the believers to whom he was writing. In 1 Corinthians, Paul praised God for giving the Corinthians spiritual gifts of eloquence and knowledge. But in 2 Corinthians, Paul had no praise for the Corinthians. In its place, however, he did not blame them; rather, he tried to encourage them.

(1:12-24) Paul's Change of Plans - After praising God for the comfort the Lord had shown him in his most recent trials, Paul started to explain his most recent travel plans to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians, Paul had told the Corinthians that he would visit them after traveling through Macedonia (see 1 Corinthians 16:5-7). Since that time, he had altered his travel plans. He planned to visit Corinth twice, stopping there first before traveling through Macedonia and then again on his way back east (see 1:15-16). Paul made the first of these two visits. But since this visit was extremely “painful,” Paul decided not to return to Corinth immediately. Instead, he most likely went straight to Ephesus from Macedonia. There, he wrote a letter to address the difficult issues that the Corinthian church had to handle. 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Blueprint for Success

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we start the book of 2nd Corinthians with Chapter 1 and in our text we see greetings from Paul to this letter to the Corinthian Church as he greats the Church with a Blessing, acknowledges their prayers, and tells of the provisions of the Lord, explaining how we should be honest and true living by faith in our Lord Jesus. In making application we see a the simple blue print for a fruitful Christian life. To live by faith, prayer, dependent on our Lord, bringing the truth of the blessings of the Lord through His Word. How about you? Do you see this blueprint for a good Christian life? Let us learn from our text today and the beginning of this letter to the Church at Corinth to see that we are to live by faith in our Lord, dependent on the Abiding Holy Spirit, Praying with all Prayer, Sharing the Gospel and Good News of our Lord Jesus-Christ.


2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians 1

 1Paul, 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:

 2Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

 4Who 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.

 5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

 6And 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.

 7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

 8For 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:

 9But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

 10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

 11Ye 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.

 12For 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.

 13For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;

 14As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 15And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

 16And 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.

 17When 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?

 18But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

 19For 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.

 20For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

 21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

 23Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

 24Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.