vi. i. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. That you might suffer loss from us in nothing shows why it is important to only make others sorrow in a godly manner. 2 Corinthians 7 (King James Version) 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ii. “If thou repent with a contradiction (saith Tertullian) God will pardon thee with a contradiction. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. But in the “sorrowful letter” (mentioned in 2 Corinthians 2:1) there was no praise. Most of the time we are more concerned with the holiness of others than our own holiness! Paul was very worried about how the Corinthians would receive the letter and whether it would turn them to Jesus or just make them angry. But God comforts those who are cast down. That which is scarcely accounted sin by some men, will be a grievous defilement to a tender conscience. ii. In that passage, Paul wrote about the need to separate from worldly influences so that we can live a close life with God. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. God soon poureth the oil of gladness into broken hearts.” (Trapp). (12-16). Repentance is therefore unto salvation.” (Hodge), i. Repentance must never be thought of as something we must do before we can come back to God. This vehement desire is expressed through heartfelt prayer and total dependence on God. h. What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! When Titus came back with good news from the Corinthian Christians, Paul was greatly relieved. It is to bring you to trust in the atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ. If it hasn’t, anything short of that is what Paul here calls sorrow that leads to death.” (Redpath), iv. In the “unequally yoked” passage, Paul told them to close their hearts to the world. May the Lord bestow it on every one of us. It is not that we are greater sinners as we grow older, but that we have a finer sensibility of sin, and see that to be sin which we winked at in the days of our ignorance.” (Spurgeon), ii. It is a clearing of guilt and shame, from knowing that we brought our sin to God and we now walk in the right way. e. You were made sorry in a godly manner: Paul made the Corinthian Christians feel bad for their sin, but he did it in a godly way. It wrought desire to be reconciled with God. i. Repentance means to turn around, and it takes diligence to stay turned around. “Sorrow alone accomplishes nothing. It wrought a fear of watchfulness, and a cautious fear of sin. When Jesus began to preach, He said Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17). What fear: Godly sorrow produces, and repentance shows a fear that we would ever fall into the same sin again. This is the sense of 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Summary of 2 Corinthians 7 As if Paul hasn't already been clear, he says, "Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God." it is easy to find out other men’s faults, and to bring the whole force of our mind to inveigh against them.” (Spurgeon). iv. Proved yourself to be clear: When repentance is marked by the preceding characteristics, we are clear of guilt and sin. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. Perfecting has the idea of “complete” and “whole.” Instead of a state of sinless perfection, Paul writes about a complete, “whole,” holiness. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Sitemap. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf: Yes, Paul has been bold in his criticism to the Corinthians, but he was also bold in his boasting about them. a. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. If the ministers of the gospel are thought contemptible, there is danger lest the gospel itself be despised also; and though ministers must flatter none, yet they must be gentle towards all. Not every preacher or every person can say they do the same as Paul did and it isn’t right to try to make someone sorry in an ungodly manner. “I wish we were more concerned about cleansing ourselves from the filthiness of the spirit. Paul’s Joy Over the Church’s Repentance. His purpose was to demonstrate his concern (that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you). The Corinthian Christians believed many bad things about Paul – that God wasn’t using him, that he didn’t have the kind of image, authority, or power an apostle should have – but their problem was not an information problem. What was the difference? i. The ancient Greek word speaks of heat; we are hot towards God and His righteousness, and hot against sin and impurity. What diligence: Godly sorrow produces, and repentance shows diligence. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. There were fightings without, or continual contentions with, and opposition from Jews and Gentiles; and there were fears within, and great concern for such as had embraced the Christian faith. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. © 2020 Christianity.com. It doesn’t feel good, but it does a good work. And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. c. I do not say this to condemn: Paul’s desire isn’t to condemn the Corinthian Christians but to restore the bonds of fellowship he once had with them. 2 Corinthians 7:1 1. “How sorry do you think you have to be? Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Now it is time to open their hearts to him. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. The promises of God are strong reasons for us to follow after holiness; we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. You can check these in your browser security settings. It is the goodness of God that leads a man to repentance. Paul experienced the comfort of God through human instruments. The spirit can be defiled in many ways. His spirit has been refreshed by you all: The experience of Titus in Corinth and his report from there were sure evidence that the Corinthian Christians had a change of mind. Paul is glad to hear that the church in Corinth has heeded his advice. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Instead of laziness, we have zeal in our walk with the Lord. Probably Titus was not so sure! Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you. Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness: This is what we take away. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences.