24 May 2020

Sunday Video Message 24 May 2020 : “Our hope for you is steadfast”

Sunday Video Message 24 May 2020 : “Our hope for you is steadfast”
Text: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7

Rev Dr Charles Tan
Sundays Online

Message Notes

Text: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7
Title: “Our hope for you is steadfast”


1. A vital text of “Grace-Gifts” (blessings from God)
(1 Corinthians 12-14)

a) Diversities of gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4)
b) Many gifts listed (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
i) Supernatural gifts (Special but restricted and limited)
ii) Ministry gifts (Continuing)

2. Three special blessings were highlighted

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

a) Faith
b) Hope
c) Love

3. Faith, Hope and Love
(Romans 5:1-5)

a) Faith (Romans 5:1-2)
i) Justified by faith
ii) We have access (to God) by faith
b) Hope (Romans 5:2-5)
i) Rejoice in hope of the glory of God
ii) Hope is a fruit (result) through tribulation)
iii) Hope does not disappoint
c) Love (Romans 5:5)
i) Love of God has been poured out
ii) Into our hearts
iii) By the Holy Spirit who was given to us


“And our hope for you is steadfast,
Because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings,
So also you will partake of the consolation” (2 Corinthians 1:7)

1. Hope expressed

a) By the Apostle Paul personally
b) “Our hope”
Sustained by all who had ministered with him in the Corinthian Church
i) Timothy (1 Corinthians 4:17)
ii) Titus, (2 Corinthians 7:6-7)

2. The substance of Hope

a) Source of this Hope
i) From God
ii) As a gift/ a blessing
b) Means through which this “Hope” came about
i) Faith
ii) Tribulation
iii) Perseverance
iv) Character
v) Hope

3. Evaluation of this Hope

a) “Steadfast”
b) Meaning of this word:
i) Well-founded
ii) Verified
iii) Certain
c) The Lord’s involvement underscores this Hope
d) Where God is involved, “steadfastness” is certain


1. Faith in God

a) It is not “blind faith”
b) It is based on the Scriptures

2. Hope in God

a) It is not “false hope”
b) It is connected closely to “Faith”
i) Based on the Scriptures
ii) Evidenced in life
iii) Experienced personally

3. Hope applied
“And our hope for you” (2 Corinthians 1:7)

a) Hope in God
i) As the Father of mercies
ii) As the God of all comfort
iii) As The One who comforts us in all our tribulation
b) Hope in the Comfort that God gives
i) His comfort will abound if and when tribulation abounds
ii) His comfort can help others
iii) His comfort will lead others to salvation


1. Knowledge of God

a) The phrase written, “Because we know” (2 Corinthians 1:7)
b) The word “know” (Perfect Participle of “oida” οιδα)
i) It comes from a word that speaks of deep knowledge
ii) It is knowledge that is not just theoretical
iii) It is a depth of knowledge confirmed by experience

2. Paul’s knowledge of God

a) Extensive
b) Experiential
c) Deep


1. Acknowledgment of tribulation experienced by the Corinthians
“As you are partakers of the sufferings” (2 Corinthians 1:7)

a) “Partakers”
i) They were “in a special fellowship”
ii) They shared a common experience
b) “Of the sufferings”
i) Of sufferings for the sake of Christ
ii) Of sufferings that Paul had experienced himself
iii) Of sufferings that other believers had endured

2. Encouragement to exercise Hope
“So also you will partake of the consolation” (2 Corinthians 1:7)

a) The word “consolation”
i) Same as “comfort”
ii) The application is logical and obvious
b) So also
i) The theological truth had already been expounded
ii) The equation has been established
iii) It has been proven to be true
iv) It would apply to the Corinthians
v) It has universal application

A favourite text to read, re-read and meditate on:
(Romans 8:31-39)

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1. This is our Faith

2. This is also our Hope

3. Nothing will separate us from the Love of God


The Love of God is a wonderful theme in the Scriptures;
The Love of the Lord has truly many outstanding features.
It is a Love that surpasses the greatest human expressions;
Well-understood, it will help us greatly in our tribulation.

When we go through suffering, we hope for swift answers;
But sometimes affliction lasts longer than one desires.
The pain we go through may be deep. intense and unforgiving;
It challenges our very trust in God and Pain can be intimidating.

The heart, the mind and the soul must be persuaded thoroughly;
It is not enough to speak of a faith that exists theoretically.
Thank God for good doctors who show kind compassion;
But the Pain may still persist for it is part of our affliction.
The Apostle Paul was able to speak and write convincingly;
For he had borne great pain and tribulation personally.
Tribulation is not ours to choose, with reference to intensity;
But “persuaded-faith” teaches us that God loves us very dearly.

Charles Tan
Inspiration: Romans 8:31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:7