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The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
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Biblical Repentance in the Bible Explanation
Happy to have you here for a warm slice of Daily Bread. We're about
halfway through with our study of Paul's second letter to the people
of Corinth and you could say that most of it has been Paul's response
to some rumors that have been wrongfully spoken of him and those who
are close to him in his ministry.
This is something we all face at one time or another in our Christian
walk, so as you read, take a mental note of the patience that Paul
exhibits while dealing with this. In fact, if you look back to
Chapter 6 and read through the list of things that he says make us
worthy ministers of God, you'll see that he practices what he
At the end of Chapter 6, he reminds us of what God said about being
separate. Separate yourself from things that aren't supportive of
your beliefs, in particular, unbelievers. Be different. Jesus was
different, and we're different, and we will be rejected, as He was.
And when we are, it's important that we remain worthy ministers of
God, to receive His promises.
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Biblical Repentance in the Bible Facts
Surely God wants sinners to be saved, and He does not mean that you
should shun anyone who isn't a believer, otherwise nobody would ever
learn the Truth of Christianity. But to keep company of them to a
point where it influences your faith in any way is what God
wants us to distance ourselves from.
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Biblical Repentance in the Bible Verses
Now Paul continues:
2 Corinthians 7:1-7
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.
2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no
man, we have defrauded no man.
3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before,
that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
4 Great 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.
5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no
rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings,
within were fears.
6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast
down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7 And 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.
The Corinthians are very important to Paul, and he tells them again,
in his loving way. He asks them, "Receive us." He is obviously
concerned, because the people of Corinth have heard many lies, and
once you hear them, you can't unhear them, so naturally, he feels
compelled to elaborate on his love and commitment to them. Also,
notice that he has found Titus once again!
You may notice that he mentions there in Verse 7 that Titus told Paul
that the Corinthians were sincerely worried about Paul. Yes, this is
the same letter that in the previous chapters, he was admonishing
them for rumor telling, etc. First of all, not all of the people
there believed those rumors. Probably not even the majority of them.
Secondly, this letter is 13 chapters long ... Certainly Paul didn't
write this at one sitting, and many events and issues had most likely
arisen and resolved throughout the time period between the start and
the finish of the execution of this lovely letter. Many a Christian
visitor had probably come and gone and shared with Paul the goings on
in this city that he loved.
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Biblical Repentance in the Bible Quotes
Here's a Daily Bread Crumb to snack on. This epistle that we're
studying now, although it's called 2 Corinthians, was probably not
the second and last letter that Paul had written to the people of
Corinth, but is the second letter to the Corinthians chosen to be
included in the Bible by religious leaders way back when.
A previous letter from Paul, (perhaps the First Epistle of Paul the
Apostle to the Corinthians) made the Corinthians sad, and Paul tells
them that he doesn't regret that he made them sad, because it caused
them to repent, and it's better be sad for a little while, and get
back on the right track with God, than to be sad forever without
repentance and resulting in death.
2 Corinthians 7:11
For 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.
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Biblical Repentance in the Bible Meaning
Paul, in essence is saying, Golly, I made you all sad for a bit, but
look what the final result was! You repented, you took it to God, and
the final outcome is ... Grace!
Lastly in this chapter Paul explains, I didn't write to you because
of the one that did the wrong, nor the one who allowed the wrong, but
that our love and care for you might be clear to you and God. So we
were relieved in your comfort and even happier for the joy of Titus
because his spirit was refreshed by you. If I bragged to him about
you, I'm not ashamed. Just as we told you the truth, we truthfully
bragged to him, and he is even fonder of you when he remembers your
respect and hospitality toward him. I'm happy to say I have
confidence in you in all things.
Christian Repentance Bible Study Conclusion
Biblical Repentance in the Bible Summary
That's a pretty generous and deserving compliment, don't you agree?
When someone does something good, it's important for that fact to be
recognized, and Paul with thanksgiving, expresses this to those in
Corinth who repented about their doubts in him.
There's much more
left in our study of 2 Corinthians, so come on back soon, and we'll share
more together, right here at Daily Bread.
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