Wednesday 23 October, 2013

2 Cor 1:15 - 2:4

15 I was sure of those things. So I planned to visit you first. Here is how I thought you would be helped twice. 16 I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia. I would have come back to you from there. Then you would have sent me on my way to Judea. 17 When I planned all of that, did I do it without much thought? No. I don’t make my plans the way the world makes theirs. In the same breath the world says, “Yes! Yes!” and “No! No!” 18 But just as sure as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 Silas, Timothy and I preached to you about the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our message did not say “Yes” and “No” at the same time. The message of Christ has always been “Yes.” 20 God has made a great many promises. They are all “Yes” because of what Christ has done. So through Christ we say “Amen.” We want God to receive glory. 21 He makes both us and you stand firm because we belong to Christ. He anointed us. 22 He put his Spirit in our hearts and marked us as his own. We can now be sure that he will give us everything he promised us. 23 I call God as my witness. I wanted to spare you. So I didn’t return to Corinth. 24 Your faith is not under our control. You stand firm in your own faith. But we work together with you for your joy. 2 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you. 2 If I make you sad, who is going to make me glad? Only you, the one I made sad. 3 I wrote what I did for a special reason. When I came, I didn’t want to be troubled by those who should make me glad. I was sure that all of you would share my joy. 4 I was very troubled when I wrote to you. My heart was sad. My eyes were full of tears. I didn’t want to make you sad. I wanted to let you know that I love you very deeply.

It seems apparent that Paul changed his plans and didn’t go to Corinth as he said he hoped he would in chapter 16 of the first letter to the Corinthians (verses 5-9). He does give a condition in that first letter though – ‘if The Lord permits’ (1 Corinthians 16:7).

Paul’s reasons for changing plans are that he might not grieve the church in Corinth.

There are many questions that run through my head as I read this passage, however one section grabs my attention as Paul uses this change of plans to contrast the sure hope we have in Christ.

Verse 18-22 of today’s passage remind me that Jesus stands as the centre piece of this world and all of history, he is the confirmation that God is faithful to all his promises, he will never let me down. Not only has Jesus entered history to reconcile me to God, he continues to be with me as the Spirit has been given to me as an incredible sign of who I belong to. I am different. I am a saint. I know this because Jesus really came, really died and really came back to life and I experience the Holy Spirit in me today.

Lord Jesus thank you that my relationship with God is built on three unshakable truths. Your death. Your resurrection. The anointing of your Spirit on me. I am blessed!

Written by Andrew Mellor

2 replies
  1. Kerrie Quee says:

    Paul made plans but was willing to change them because God had other plans – even though it made him and the people in Corinth sad. I like that, as you mentioned, he says “if God permits”.

    As I make my plans for each day, I want to allow God to change my direction if he has other plans. To show me the people He wants me to talk to, the places where He wants me to be an influence for Him.

  2. David Newton says:

    I wonder if that means, your willingness to change your plans reveals who is at the centre of your world!!!

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