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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Corinthians Chapter 13 

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 Authority (c 10-13)
Message: Paul's Final Advice (v 1-21)

2 Corinthians 13 Commentary

(13:1-13) Paul's Final Advice - True Christian love sometimes demands confrontation. Paul had spent most of the letter taking the time to address the Corinthians’ concerns and their accusations (1:12-14, 17, 23; 4:1-2; 5:11-13; 6:11-12; 12:16-18). But at the end of this letter—in this last chapter—Paul didn’t hesitate to warn the Corinthians sternly that everything they did was before God, the great Judge. If they wouldn’t take his advice, he encouraged them to examine themselves. Did they measure up? Were they living as if Christ was living in them?

(13:11-13) Paul's Final Greetings - Paul typically would end his letters with a short list of exhortations (see Colossians 4:2-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22). In 2 Corinthians, he did the same.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Love Others Enough to Tell them the Truth

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 13 and in our text we see Paul's final advise as he addresses the Corinthian Church to examine itself and reminds us that he loved this Church enough to confront it on its errors and teach it the way of Christ. In making application we see that we too should examine ourselves, remembering when we were saved, but most of all to take the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Lovingly tell others that Sin is Sin. How about you? Are you Saved? Do you tell others the Gospel? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Paul to remember that we are to lovingly tell others the truth about sin, examine our lives, but most of all share the Gospel with a lost and Dying world that will otherwise die in their sin and go to Hell.


2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13

 1This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

 2I 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:

 3Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

 4For 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.

 5Examine 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?

 6But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

 7Now 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.

 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

 9For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

 10Therefore 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.

 11Finally, 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.

 12Greet one another with an holy kiss.

 13All the saints salute you.

 14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.