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The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
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Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our very intriguing Christian suffering Bible study looking at the Biblical suffering Bible Verses. The absolutely interesting Christian suffering and Biblical suffering message will truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.

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Many happy greetings to you, and welcome back to Daily Bread. Today we're starting a new study of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Some dishonest people had been spreading ugly rumors about Paul, and he addresses these accusations in this letter. He also has some praise for the Corinthians in part of this letter as well, so without any further ado, let's open our second letter from Paul to the Corinthians.

Paul identifies himself at the opening of his letter as an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the Will of God. You can feel what an honor it is to him to be able to say that. He also adds that this letter is also from Timothy, and it is addressed to the Church of God in Corinth, with all the saints which are in Achaia.

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

As always, Paul gives praise to God at the beginning of his letter.

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2 Corinthians 1:3-6

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who 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.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound [are present] in us, so our consolation [comfort] also aboundeth by [comes from] Christ.
6 And 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.

What Paul is saying, is that whenever tribulations come his way, or whenever comfort comes his way, all believers prosper from it, because remember from the first letter to the Corinthians, we are all one, and we share in everything.

Put yourself in his shoes. Sometimes it's easier to understand things from a different point of view. If you were Paul, and you understood that through your suffering, you would bring comfort to all other believers, you would (as Paul did), welcome any tribulations and count them as gain for Christ and for His sheep.

2 Corinthians 1:7-8

7 And our hope of you is stedfast [strong], knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant [we want you to know] of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of [troubled beyond] measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of [feared for our] life:

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There were many times Paul faced trouble in Asia, so we don't know which time or times he is talking about in this particular instance.

2 Corinthians 1:9-11

9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead [We thought we were doomed but this happened so we would rely on God.]:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon [the ministry of delivering the Gospel] us by the means [efforts] of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf [for our service to the Lord].

From the next thing Paul writes, it's apparent that his credibility has been questioned by some people.

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2 Corinthians 1:12-16

12 For 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.
13 For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
14 As 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.
15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;
16 And 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.

That may be difficult to understand in today's English, but what Paul and Timothy are saying is, With joy, we honestly say that we have conducted ourselves sincerely and haven't told you anything but the truth as we are led by God, and anything you don't completely understand, you will when we visit again on our way to Macedonia, so that you may be as proud of us as we are of you in the Day of the Lord Jesus.

It seems next that some folks were also accusing Paul of being wishy washy, or apt to change his mind about things. These things of course were lies, and Paul sets this straight.

As you know from reading the book of Acts, there were events during his missionary journeys that would certainly cause changes in itinerary for Paul, but these things were out of his control. Even though he certainly was determined to visit certain places at certain times, he had to depart early from places several times to protect his life. In this case his trip to Corinth had to be postponed.

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Remember when Jesus said that your conversation should be "yea, yea or nay nay" (Matthew 5:37). Paul assures the Corinthians that he is level headed, and that he didn't tell them he would visit and then carelessly change his mind. He makes sure they understand that he was serious and not fickle, not maybe yes and maybe no, about visiting and is led by the Spirit about everything that has to do with God business, not only his missionary visits. He assures them that it all happened for the best of everyone concerned.

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Sometimes people have to make choices on their own, in order to become stronger and more independent of other people. Perhaps this is what Paul meant by these next verses.

Whether Paul was detoured from his original travel plans, or advised by the Holy Spirit not to go to Corinth again just yet, maybe they needed some time to strengthen their faith before he visited.

He didn't want them to believe in the Gospel that he preached because he wanted dominion over them, he wanted them to choose themselves to believe in God, in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, and in the Gospel that he delivered to them.

When you stop and think about this, don't you feel more joy inside, if you make a right choice instead of someone else encouraging you to do it?

2 Corinthians 1:23-24

23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

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And with that said, you can tell that this is gonna be another Truth filled, interesting letter from Paul. At the end of our study of this letter, there will be another quiz for you to take if you choose, this time it will be a fill in the blank format, so be sure to pay attention as you read and challenge yourself to get them all right! Hurry back and we'll study more from this letter, right here at Daily Bread.

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