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
CERTAINTY FOR THE REASONS EXPRESSED
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
APPLICATION OF OBSERVATIONS
1. Acknowledgment of tribulation experienced by the Corinthians
“As you are partakers of the sufferings” (2 Corinthians 1:7)
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:
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
I AM PERSUADED
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.
Inspiration: Romans 8:31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:7