- 2 Corinthians 7:6-10
- 2 Cor 7:6 (KJB)
- Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down,
comforted us by the coming of Titus;
- Comforteth - Call beside or encourage
- Those that are cast down - Poor, lowly, or undistinguished
- God is the great comforter who encourages those who have been cast down.
Many times whether we are under the afflicting hand of God or are under
persecution from the world, we feel so trodden under foot that we are on the
brink of depression. It is God who encourages us and brings us out of
despair. Many times He will send somebody to help us through the rough times
and to be an encouragement to us. In Paul’s case, Titus had been a comfort
- 2 Cor 7:7 (KJB)
- 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.
- Consolation - Encouragement
- Mourning - Lamentation or wailing
- Fervent mind - Zeal or fervor
- Paul gained much encouragement, not only from Titus whom he called his
own son after the common faith. (Titus
1:4 KJV) To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy,
and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Titus brought with him great encouragement after his
visit to the Corinthians. Titus had informed Paul that the Corinthians had a
great earnest desire, even to the point of lamenting over their treatment of
Paul and their turning away from the true Gospel and believing the false
teachers. They had a tremendous zeal toward Paul because finally the true
Gospel had taken hold of that church and they realize that Paul was telling
them the truth all along and that is why they have now turned back to him.
This news had lifted a great burden off of Paul’s shoulders and caused him
to rejoice in the news even more. Whenever a church comes out of darkness
and embraces the true Gospel again, there is always a true rejoicing. True
teachings speak of the truths of Scripture while false teachings are always
somebody’s tales embellished with a little Scripture to make it sound
- 2 Cor 7:8 (KJB)
- For 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.
- Sorry - Grieved
- Repent - Regret or feel sorry
- Paul had written his second epistle to the Corinthians with the mindset
to help set them straight and not to hurt them in any way.
(2 Cor 2:4 KJV) For out of much affliction and
anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be
grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto
you. Paul had many tears when he wrote this letter
to them because it was filled with much rebuke of their ways and he did not
want to hurt or ostracize them. He had regretted the way in which the letter
was written yet he did not regret it because it was what they needed to hear
and not what they wanted to hear. They had to be approached head on with the
problems which were pervading the church. When they received the epistle,
there was sorrow among the church but that sorrow did not last long. It
lasted long enough for them to step back and see the error of their ways and
their willingness to assess and follow the right path.
- 2 Cor 7:9 (KJB)
- Now 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.
- Sorry and Sorrowed - Grief or distress
- Ye might receive damage - Suffer loss or injury
- Paul’s great rejoicing was not for the fact that he made them sorrow but
for the fact that their sorrow was genuine and led to their repentance of
their ways. It was a godly repentance which brought them back to the way of
righteousness and that was the hope of Paul all along. His expectation was
that they would not suffer any type of injury, especially a spiritual injury
which could stifle their growth. This principle also applies to us that
whenever we send correspondence to anyone, we must be careful that we do not
injure them in any way. On the Internet, it is so easy to be crass when
sending e-mails to people. I have received e-mails from people that were
just outright nasty and the worst part is that they were from Christians.
This is something they would never do face to face, but if a person is 1,000
miles away, they believe that distance buys them the right to be obnoxious
and offensive. They must realize that God assesses every e-mail and that the
person receiving the e-mail is not a computer but a walking, talking person
and we must be especially courteous to those who are saved.
(Gal 6:10 KJV) As we have therefore
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who
are of the household of faith.
- 2 Cor 7:10 (KJB)
- For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented
of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- Not to be repented of - Not to be regretted
- Paul here contrasts two types of repentance which are diametrically
opposed to each other. The first type of repentance is the type that leads
to salvation. The word “repentance” carries with it the meaning of “a change
of mind.” That change of mind which leads to salvation is initiated and
carried through by God. Man in no way can repent unto salvation.
(2 Tim 2:25 KJV) In meekness instructing those
that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the
acknowledging of the truth; 2 Timothy 2:25 teaches
us plainly that it is God who grants a person repentance for the purpose of
acknowledging the truth. This is godly repentance which precedes salvation
and is not the type of repentance which tells a person to stop sinning and
then they become saved. That is backwards! A person receives godly
repentance from the Lord and then they become saved and only then will they
stop sinning. To try and repent of sins for salvation is a work, to receive
repentance unto salvation is grace, whereby a person is saved. The second
type of repentance is the worldly type which basically is described as
“whoops I got caught.” Worldly repentance may bring a few tears but it is
not a genuine repentance which leads to salvation because this type of
repentance is man-centered. We see this all the time as someone commits a
crime and then goes to court and cries, in hopes the judge will be lenient
with them. So their repentance is not to salvation but is for their own
selfish benefit. This is why it leads to death because it remains
man-centered and for manipulation.