God's Word for Today 2 Corinthians 1
July 29, 2012
Last week we finished 1 Corinthians and so now we move into a study of 2
Corinthians. Paul begins by identifying himself as the author of this
letter along with Timothy. The affect of his first letter was there were those
who did repent and were corrected, but there were others that turned more firmly
against Paul. They began to speak against Paul and to challenge his claim of
apostleship. Timothy probably delivered the first letter, and brought back
to Paul the initial reaction toward the epistle. Titus had stayed there for a
while and was to meet Paul in Troas, and to give Paul a full report on the
Corinthian church. When Paul got to Troas, Titus had not shown up. And God
opened for Paul an effectual door of ministry in Troas, but rather than staying
in Troas and ministering there, he journeyed on over to Macedonia, which is now
Greece, where Titus did meet him and gave to him news of the church in Corinth
which encouraged Paul. But he also heard of those who were challenging his
apostleship. And he learned from Titus the condition of the church in
comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which
are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
I found these last two verses to be very true in my work as a hospital chaplain.
It is God the God of all comfort who is able to comfort the afflicted. He
is also able to use the comfort He has given you, for you then to be able to
come alongside someone else and comfort them. One day when serving in a
large county hospital, like Vachira Hospital here in Phuket, I was visiting bed
to bed in San Bernardino, California. I came to a man who obviously had
been injured in a motorcycle accident. He had a number of metal pins
through his left leg to mend together the shattered bones. He had tattoos
from head to toe and a black leather jacket, he had long hair and a thick beard.
He didnt look very friendly. When I introduced myself as one of the
hospital chaplains, he said I dont need any blank-blank religion.
I said, wait a minute let me show you something. I pulled up my pant leg on my
left leg showing the scar I have from a motorcycle accident where I broke both
bones in my left leg. He then said, sit down, I want to talk with you.
He listened to what I had to say in sharing the Gospel and he accepted my offer
to pray for him. You see I was able to comfort him, with the same comfort
I had received from God. For more see