2 Corinthians Chapter 2

Paul writes he is determined to keep his gentle approach to the corinthians so that they would joy together in the grace of God (v1) Paul would not make them sad who had occasion to rejoice in God, the same rejoicing Paul has from their answered prayers and grace from God as they now have, being sealed by the Holy Spirit. (v2,v3)

Paul's previous writing was done with much sadness - that his care for them as a fellowship should be exampled between them one to another. (v4) Though Paul states that if any of them had made him sad, they made him so only partially (v5) - he encourages them by this, that they should not feel offended by it. Any fault of a believer has saddened Paul, and that is sufficient; Paul knows that if such a punishment is due (from the reciprocation of Paul's sadness) amongst their fellowship (with sternness) to the one at fault ; it is punishment enough. Paul would have them all joyful, so rather they should forgive him (v7) so all could joy together. Therefore Paul exhorts them to be charitable towards those that would cause him to be saddened. (v8)

For the purpose that Paul wrote this to them is concerning their obedience, that they might show it in Christ and in all matters. (v9) For if they forgive, he forgives, and if Paul forgave he did so in the very person of Christ. (v10)

Moreover we have another Klein four group here. The forgiveness of one is the forgiveness of many. If two believers forgive each other their shared fault to Paul, it is as though Paul had forgiven them. Therefore when Paul forgives all such offenders amongst them, they should be reconciled to each other, each in their several pairs. Likewise, if a believer forgives another, the forgiveness of Paul is lent also; and as with spiritual gifts in 1 Cor ch:13 the reconciling of an offender is in hope of charity and the forgiveness by charity also: but in part - therefore in the stead of Christ who searches the reigns and hearts - such forgiveness in principle is extended across and throughout all such potential triples.

Satan therefore with his dialectic device is defeated from the offset because Paul has wisely forgiven such offenders already - the cause for sternness and their sadness and heaviness of heart has been removed. (v11)

As Paul preached in Troas, he was guided by God into Macedonia, though to his worry he had not found Titus, whom he wished to see there. (v12-v14) Paul gives thanks to God for the gospel spread there in Macedonia. (v14) Preached in truth to those that both believed and believed not. (v15) Giving the pure faith of Christ has clearly separated out those who believe from those that do not - Paul gives much thanks because there is no halfheartedness with the purity of the gospel. The principal ultrafilter of Christ's obedience to His Father (HG(G)=>L(G)) clearly separates as a sweet savour to God those chosen from those not elected. (v16) With purity and sincerity Paul's preaching has had its desired effect to the called of God according to His will. (v17)

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