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“Yes! Uh, No! Uh, Well . . .” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:15-22)

16 May

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

“Yes! Uh, No! Uh, Well . . .” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:15-22)

We have sometimes heard the statement “God’s promises are YES in Christ!” This is a reference to 2 Corinthians 1:20. But what is the meaning of that statement in its context?

The context is Paul’s decision to either visit or not visit the Corinthians. Humanly speaking, they may have been confused as Paul fluctuated in his thinking about whether to make that trip or not.

But this decision by Paul gives him the opportunity to speak of a God who never fluctuates! God’s faithfulness is shown in the clarity and certainty of the gospel (which Paul preached, vv. 18-19) and the promises which God has made (v. 20).

God’s “YES!” in Christ is for those who have responded to the gospel and have claimed the promises of God. And God’s positive actions towards the believer include the following four elements:

Today’s Challenge: Give thanks for these four actions which God has taken in your life! And stand firm in Him!

 
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