Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians 1

2 Corinthians 1  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 7
The reason for the Apostle Paul's writing to the assembly at Corinth at this time was in all probability the result of the news that Titus had been received by them and that the assembly at Corinth had been restored. Paul shared with the saints at Corinth the consolation that this restoration had brought. They had brought on the dishonor that saddened the apostle. Now that they had repented, Paul was consoled and gladdened in spirit.
Paul took his sufferings from the Lord and received consolation from the Lord.
Paul recalled the trouble that he had in Ephesus in which he despaired even of life. The apostle had faith in a God who can raise the dead and was delivered of that trouble.
There were many things that Paul could not explain to the saints in their low state previously. Now he can open his heart to them. He had not given up his intention of visiting Corinth, but if he had come before receiving the present news, it would have been with a rod of discipline. Paul reminded them that his intentions were true before the Lord.
Paul explained that it was "in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world." The apostle wanted to assure the assembly that he was sincere in his intention. He did purpose that according to the flesh with him there would not be yea and nay. His testimony of Jesus Christ was yea. God's promises in Christ are yea and amen.
Paul and all saints are established and anointed by God. The anointing of the Spirit gives intelligence in God's ways; the sealing is for possession, and the earnest is for assurance and present joy that the whole blessing will be forthcoming.
Paul had refused to go to Corinth to spare the assembly the discipline that he would have had to administer. It was not that he bore rule over them but all was for their joy, because we stand by faith.