Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Year 8, Day 94: 2 Corinthians 12 & 13

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In chapter 12 we get more of the same from chapter 11.  Paul speaks about the thorn that was given to him.  What’s vital in this chapter is that we see why the thorn was given to him.  Paul has to deal with it because God wants Paul to know that His grace is sufficient for him.  The thorn in Paul’s side is there to keep him humble and keep him focused on God.  If Paul was a so-called super apostle, then what need would Paul have of God?  In his weakness, though, Paul has every opportunity to see God at work.

In chapter 13 we return to the topic of Paul’s visit to the Corinthians.  In these closing words, Paul speaks rather sternly.  Look for the key.  What is it that has Paul’s concern?

Paul is concerned that there are people living in unrepentant sin.  That’s really important.  Paul doesn’t fear that there are sinners in the church.  Of course there are!  Paul fears that there are people in the church who are not repenting.

What is the big deal about unrepentant sin?  People who repent will listen.  When confronted, they will consider that they are in the wrong rather than get defensive about their being right!  People who repent are humble.  They know they can be wrong.  People who repent are teachable.  They know there is always more to learn.

Paul isn’t bothered by the fact that he might go to Corinth and find problems.  Any gathering of human beings will have problems.  Paul is concerned that that he may go to Corinth and find people who aren’t interested in repenting of their sin.  That’s a big difference.

There is a simple illustration to show Paul’s point.  Remember David?  David was a sinner and his sins are spoken of publicly in the Old Testament.  However, he is remembered as a man after God’s own heart in spite of his sin.  Why?  God knew David’s heart.  God knew that David was open to repenting.  It isn’t the amount of sin that is the issue.  What matters is the condition of our heart and our openness to repentance.