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2 Corinthians 1:6-9
Believers who suffer together, hope together.
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Published April 18th, 2019; Updated April 18th, 2019
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6 εἴτε δὲ θλιβόμεθα, ὑπὲρ τῆς ὑμῶν παρακλήσεως καὶ σωτηρίας• εἴτε παρακαλούμεθα, ὑπὲρ τῆς ὑμῶν παρακλήσεως τῆς ἐνεργουμένης ἐν ὑπομονῇ τῶν αὐτῶν παθημάτων ὧν καὶ ἡμεῖς πάσχομεν. 7 καὶ ἡ ἐλπὶς ἡμῶν βεβαία ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν εἰδότες ὅτι ὡς κοινωνοί ἐστε τῶν παθημάτων, οὕτως καὶ τῆς παρακλήσεως. 8 Οὐ γὰρ θέλομεν ὑμᾶς ἀγνοεῖν, ἀδελφοί, ὑπὲρ τῆς θλίψεως ἡμῶν τῆς γενομένης ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ, ὅτι καθʼ ὑπερβολὴν ὑπὲρ δύναμιν ἐβαρήθημεν ὥστε ἐξαπορηθῆναι ἡμᾶς καὶ τοῦ ζῆν• 9 ἀλλʼ αὐτοὶ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς τὸ ἀπόκριμα τοῦ θανάτου ἐσχήκαμεν, ἵνα μὴ πεποιθότες ὦμεν ἐφʼ ἑαυτοῖς ἀλλʼ ἐπὶ τῷ θεῷ τῷ ἐγείροντι τοὺς νεκρούς•
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6 k If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you l share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, 1 of m the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us n rely not on ourselves o but on God p who raises the dead.
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Paul does not want his brothers and sisters in Corinth to be ignorant of the afflictions he suffered, because he knows that partaking in these sufferings with him will give them greater hope and comfort in the God who raises the dead.
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εἴτε δὲ θλιβόμεθα,
Now if we are being afflicted,
ὑπὲρ τῆς ὑμῶν παρακλήσεως καὶ σωτηρίας•
then it is for your comfort and salvation.
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εἴτε παρακαλούμεθα,
If we are being comforted,
ὑπὲρ τῆς ὑμῶν παρακλήσεως
then it is for your comfort,
τῆς ἐνεργουμένης ἐν ὑπομονῇ τῶν αὐτῶν παθημάτων ὧν καὶ ἡμεῖς πάσχομεν.
which is working in endurance of the same sufferings of which we also suffered.
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καὶ ἡ ἐλπὶς ἡμῶν βεβαία ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν
And our hope for you is unshaken
εἰδότες ὅτι ὡς κοινωνοί ἐστε τῶν παθημάτων,
knowing that as you are partakers of suffering
οὕτως καὶ τῆς παρακλήσεως.
thus also [you are partakers] of comfort.
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Οὐ γὰρ θέλομεν ὑμᾶς ἀγνοεῖν, ἀδελφοί, ὑπὲρ τῆς θλίψεως ἡμῶν τῆς γενομένης ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ,
For we are not wanting you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning our afflictions, the ones we experienced in Asia
ὅτι καθʼ ὑπερβολὴν ὑπὲρ δύναμιν ἐβαρήθημεν
[namely] that we were burdened exceedingly beyond strength
ὥστε ἐξαπορηθῆναι ἡμᾶς καὶ τοῦ ζῆν•
so we despaired of life itself,
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ἀλλʼ αὐτοὶ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς τὸ ἀπόκριμα τοῦ θανάτου ἐσχήκαμεν,
but [though we suffered] we in ourselves had received the sentence of death
ἵνα μὴ πεποιθότες ὦμεν ἐφʼ ἑαυτοῖς
in order that we might not be relying upon ourselves
ἀλλʼ ἐπὶ τῷ θεῷ τῷ ἐγείροντι τοὺς νεκρούς•
but [we might be relying] upon God, the one who raises the dead.
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Background I wish we had time to look at this whole introductory section of 2 Cor. from v3 to v11, because the focus of this section is God himself. For the sake of time, the verses I have chosen to share with you are more of the practical application of this section, but we must not miss the greater theological idea behind this application. So I want to give you a couple of bookends to this section that help us understand what is in the middle. In v4 Paul speaks of our God "who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." And then I'll read v10 "[God] delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again." So as I share with you remember the context: As an intro to his book, Paul is exalting a God who comforts in affliction and will deliver us! Devotional Thoughts 1. Paul is calling his brothers and sisters in Corinth to not be ignorant of the afflictions that he and his companions are experiencing. Paul does not shy away from getting deep and real. Paul says listen to me, do not be ignorant of what we have suffered! He tells them that he was actually burdened beyond strength. We here so many Christians say, "God won't make you bear more than you can handle" and there is some truth to this that I think Paul addresses in v9, but we mustn't ignore the fact that Paul is actually claiming to be burdened beyond strength, beyond what he can handle. And this burden of affliction has led him and his companions to despair even of life itself. He claims that they had received the sentence of death! Paul is saying, "Brothers! You need to know about our afflictions and what they are doing to us emotionally and physically!" Why does Paul stress to those in Corinth that they should know about the afflictions he experienced? 2. He knows that if they partake in these sufferings with them, they will have greater hope, comfort, and reliance upon the God who raises the dead. Paul does not want the Corinthians to miss out on the sanctifying benefits of suffering together with the body of Christ. He says, "If you partake with us in suffering, your hope will be unshaken! If you endure the same sufferings which we also suffered, you will share in the comfort of the Great Comforter!" And I love v9 because Paul gives a surprising response to his despair. He says, "We had received the sentence of death in order that we might not be relying upon ourselves, but upon God, the one who raises the dead." This is what affliction teaches us. This what the afflictions of our brothers and sisters teach us. We rely upon a God of all comfort and hope who will deliver us. Application So, upon that truth, I'll leave you with 2 applications that I am seeking to apply in my own life as well: 1. When you encounter a brother and sister in suffering, partake with them in suffering. Become sharers in their suffering. Instead of your first step being a theological treatise on suffering and the sovereignty of God, feel their burden with them, endure their affliction, cry with them. This will be for your comfort and their hope. 2. Open your eyes to the physical, emotional, and spiritual situations of your brothers and sisters who are around you? Do not be ignorant of what they are experiencing. If you are like me and have hardly suffered as a believer, I pray that you would ask yourself these two questions that I have been asking myself: 1) Do I not know suffering, because I have been ignorant of the afflictions of my brothers and sisters in Christ? and 2) How much more would the body of Christ learn to hope together if those of us who are comfortable got done into the dust with our friends who are suffering?
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