On Sunday we began a series on Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians as we looked at 2 Cor. 1:1-7. If you would like an overview of Paul’s history/relationship with the Corinthians, here is a good summary video:
In Sunday’s text Paul almost immediately begins to speak to the Corinthians about affliction and God’s comfort. Paul is convinced that God comforts His people, and Paul gives us two reasons for this fact:
1. God comforts us because of His nature.
Paul says in verse 3 that our Lord is the God of all comfort. God comforts because He is a comforter by His very nature. He loves to comfort His people. Sometimes we don’t feel like God comforts us because we either misunderstand the nature of God, or we misunderstand the nature of comfort. God does not always comfort us by taking away our affliction. Often He will comfort us by sustaining us in the midst of our affliction. God brings us into affliction, but God also comforts us in the midst of affliction, and in this we can rejoice!
2. God comforts us for the sake of others.
In verse 4 we are told that God allows affliction in our lives, then comforts us in affliction so that we can then comfort others. God brings us through trials and comforts us in order that we might become better comforters to others. As you are afflicted in this world, don’t forget that our sovereign Lord is at work preparing you to comfort His people with the same comfort you receive from Him!
Here is the order of worship from Sunday as well as some discussion/application questions based on the sermon: 2 Cor. 1.1-7 Insert PDF.
I am very much looking forward to studying this book together as a church. May God glorify Himself through the preaching of His Word!
-Pastor Nathan Hogan