2 Corinthians 7. 5-16
At our men’s Bible study this week instead of a more usual open discussion on the scripture I led a rather rare, for me, directed study. It could have been a sermon in another format. I was surprised at the detail given in 2 Corinthians 7-16 on the signs Paul saw in the repentance of the Corinthian church.
Paul had planted a church in Corinth, stayed with them preaching and teaching for 18 months. After he left he received word that some trouble makers came in and started questioning Paul’s rights and authority. At that same time of discord sin had crept in, in the form of adultery, that was a shame to them all. Paul wrote letters of correction to them and was extremely troubled by their response and then sent Titus to try to reason with them and see their reaction, how they felt about their Christianity, their walk with God. When he finally caught up with Titus he was overjoyed with their repentance as reported to him. These are the signs that Titus had observed and related.
ch 7 Vs. 7 Loyalty, Titus reported a longing , a mourning, a zeal for Paul. They had mutinied against Paul, believing lies about him, but now they were showing a loyalty to him in love, realizing the truth.
Vs. 8-10 Repentance, the letter Paul wrote caused sorrow among them, but that emotion had resulted in a Godly sorrow leading to repentance.
vs.11 Purity, turning toward Holiness, innocence, what anger at their own sin that resulted in their desire, longing, eagerness to make it right. What avenging of wrong.
Vs. 12 Revelation of spirituality, Paul says he wrote not for the mutinee, or the mutineer but for the sake of the body, that they might see their own selves in the sight of God. When we sin we are still the children of God, misbehaving, but still belonging to Him.
Vs. 13 Unity, even Titus was refreshed by you, your love for God poured out on him and you barely knew him. When you are walking with God everyone is the recipient of God’s love in you. When a person starts sinning he looks for support and vindication of his decision, when one turns from the sin he also looks for confirmation of forgiveness and his own righteousness.
Vs. 15 Obedience, to the Word of God, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Vs. 16 Confidence, there is no longer any doubts about what is happening in your life, everyone sees Jesus in you, and there is no wondering about it.
This is what we should see in our lives when we truly confess our sins and are repentant before God our Father.