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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Corinthians Chapter 7 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55-57 AD)
Overview: Paul Addresses the Church (c 1-13)
Theme: Paul Defends His Ministry (c 3-7)
Message: Paul Appeals for Reconciliation (v 1-16)

2 Corinthians 7 Commentary

(7:1-16) Paul's Joy at the Church's Repentance - Paul here resumed his story about his recent travel plans (7:5) Concerned about the accusations against his authority and his ministry circulating in Corinth, Paul spent these chapters (2:14–7:4) explaining and defending his ministry to the Corinthians. He ended this extended defense by appealing to the Corinthians to not only reconcile themselves to God but also to reconcile themselves to himself as God’s messenger (see 6:13 and 7:2). So this (7:3) was a logical place to resume a description of his latest travels (from 2:13), for Titus had told Paul of the Corinthians’ steps at reconciling themselves to Paul. The joy of meeting Titus had been accompanied by an even greater joy: Paul had been delighted to hear that the Corinthians were sorry about the distressing incident that occurred on his last visit and that they longed for him to visit them again (see 7:7). This was not only a reunion between Titus and Paul, but also a spiritual reunion between Paul and the Corinthians.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Godly Sorrow Worketh Repentance

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 continue in the book of 2nd Corinthians with Chapter 7 and in our text we see the Church's repentance gives Paul joy as he sees this Church beginning to mature. He brings up a foundational truth that Godly sorrow worketh repentance but worldly sorrow worketh death. In making application we see a key component to our salvation. Sorrow for our Sins. When the Holy Spirit convicts us as a sinner we see that our sin nailed Jesus to the Cross and being sorry and convicted we have the opportunity to repent, ask, and receive the free pardon of Sin Jesus supplies at salvation. Today, many follow after the world by doing works, repeating a quick prayer, or joining a religious institution - Believing this way will gain them favor with God. The truth is we must come to Jesus-Christ, just as we are, convicted, sorrowful, and repetitive - Believing He paid the price for our sin - calling out to Him to forgive us and save our souls. How about you? Have you followed God's Plan to be Saved? Let us learn from our text today as Paul reminds us that Godly Sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation and we are saved not of works but by grace through faith in Christ-Jesus.


2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 7

 1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 2Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

 3I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.

 4Great 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.

 5For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.

 6Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

 7And 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.

 8For 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.

 9Now 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.

 10For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

 11For 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.

 12Wherefore, 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.

 13Therefore 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.

 14For 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.

 15And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

 16I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.