(From: 2 CORINTHIANS #7 - 7:1-16)
K. 7:1-16 THE HUMANITY OF PAUL'S MINISTRY
1. 7:1 A CLEAN MINISTRY
TAUtas oun Echon-tes tas e-pag-geLIas , a-ga-peTOI ,
Having therefore these :promises, beloved,
ka-thaRIso-men  he-auTOUS aPO panTOS mo-lusMOU sarKOS kai PNEUma-tos ,
let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit,
e-pi-teLOUNtes ha-gi-oSUnen en PHObo TheOU.
perfecting holiness in fear of God.
2. 7:2-4 PAUL DESIRES TO BE RECEIVED
a. 7:2 REASONS FOR RECEIVING PAUL
ChoREsa-te heMAS: ouDEna e-diKEsa-men ,
Make room for us: we wronged none,
ouDEna ephTHEIra-men , ouDEna e-ple-o-nekTEsa-men .
corrupted none, took advantage of none.
b. 7:3 WHY PAUL DOESN'T CONDEMN
pros kaTAkri-sin ou LEgo: proEIre-ka gar,
I say itnot to condemn: for I have said before,
HOti en tais karDIais heMON es-te eis to su-na-po-thaNEIN kai sunZEN.
that you are in our :hearts :to die together and live together.
c. 7:4a Great my boldness toward you, great my glorying on your behalf.
polLEmoi par-reSIa pros huMAS, polLEmoi KAUchesis huPER huMON.
d. 7:4b HOW THIS BRINGS HIM THROUGH TRIBULATION
pepLEro-mai tepa-raKLEsei ,
Am filled with :comfort,
hu-per-pe-risSEUo-mai techaRA ePI PAseteTHLIpsei heMON.
overflowed with :joy in all our :tribulation.
3. 7:5-13a PAUL REJOICES BECAUSE HIS EXHORTATION ACCEPTED
a. 7:5 PAUL'S STATE IN MACEDONIA
Kai gar elTHONton heMON eis Ma-ke-doNIan
For even when we were come into Macedonia
ou-deMIan ESche-ken Ane-sin hesarx heMON,
our :flesh had no relief,
all' en panTI thliBOme-noi ; Exo-then MAchai , Eso-then PHOboi .
but we wereafflicted on every side; fightings without, fears within.
b. 7 6-7 TWO-FOLD CAUSE FOR PAUL'S COMFORT
all' ho pa-ra-kaLON tous ta-peiNOUS  pa-reKAle-sen heMAS ho TheOS en tepa-rouSIa TItou;
But the God who comforts the lowly comforted us with the presence of Titus;
ou MOnon de en tepa-rouSIa auTOU,
7and not with his :presence only,
alLA kai en tepa-raKLEsei hepa-reKLEtheeph' huMIN,
but also with the comfort with which he was comforted in you,
a-nagGELlon heMIN ten huMON e-piPOthe-sin , ton huMON o-durMON ,
telling us your :longing, your :mourning,
ton huMON ZElon huPER eMOU; HOSte me MALlon chaREnai .
your :zeal for me; so that I rejoiced yet more.
c. 7:8-9 THE EFFECT OF THE FIRST CORINTHIAN LETTER
HOti ei kai eLUpe-sa huMAS en tee-pis-toLE, ou me-taMElo-mai :
Because though I made you sorry with the letter, I do not regret:
ei kai me-te-meLOmen (BLEpoHOti hee-pis-toLEeKEIneei kai pros HOran ,
though I did regret (I see that that :letter made you sorry,
eLUpe-sen huMAS), nun CHAIro, ouch HOti e-luPEthe-te,
though but for an hour), 9I now rejoice, not that you were made sorry,
all' HOti e-luPEthe-te eis meTAnoi-an ; e-luPEthe-te gar kaTA TheON,
but that you were made sorry unto repentance; for you were made sorry according to God,
HIna en me-deNI ze-mi-oTHEte ex heMON.
that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.
d. 7:10 TWO KINDS OF REPENTANCE
hegar kaTA TheON LUpe, meTAnoi-an eis so-teRIan a-me-taMEle-ton erGAze-ta :
For the sorrow, according to God,works a regretless repentance unto salvation:
hede tou KOSmou LUpeTHAna-ton ka-terGAze-tai .
but the sorrow of the world works death.
e. 7:11a PAUL DESCRIBES THEIR SORROW AND REPENTANCE
iDOU gar, auTO TOUto, to kaTA TheON lu-peTHEnai ,
For lo, this self-same thing, that you were made sorry according to God,
POsen ka-teirGAsa-to huMIN spouDEN ,
what diligence it wrought in you,
alLA apo-loGIan , alLA a-gaNAKte-sin , alLA PHObon ,
yes clearing, yes indignation, yes fear,
alLA e-piPOthe-sin , alLA ZElon , alLA ekDIke-sin !
yes longing, yes zeal, yes avenging!
f. 7:11b In everythingyou approved yourselves to be pure in the matter.
en panTI su-nesTEsa-te he-auTOUS hagNOUS EInai toPRAGma-ti .
g. 7:12 PAUL'S BASIC REASON FOR WRITING
Ara ei kai Egra-psa huMIN, ouch Ene-ken tou a-diKEsan-tos ,
So although I wrote you, not for his sake that has wronged,
all' ouDE HEne-ken tou a-di-keTHENtos ,
yet not for his sake that was wronged,
all' HEne-ken tou pha-ne-roTHEnai ten spouDEN huMON ten huPER huMON
but for the sake of your diligence for us being manifested
pros huMAS eNOpi-on tou TheOU.
unto you in God's sight.
h. 7:13a Therefore we have been comforted.
diA TOUto pa-ra-keKLEme-tha .
4. 7:13b-16 THE TREATMENT OF TITUS: CAUSES CHEER TO PAUL
a. 7:13b GOOD TREATMENT OF FELLOW-WORKERS CAUSES COMFORT
E-PI de tepa-raKLEsei heMON pe-ris-soTEroMALlon eCHAre-men ePI techaRA TItou,
Now in our :comfort we joyed the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus,
HOti a-naPEpau-tai  to PNEUma auTOU aPO PANton huMON.
because his :spirit has been refreshed by you all.
b. 7:14 PAUL'S TESTIMONY AT CORINTH VINDICATED
HOti EI ti auTO huPER huMON keKAUche-mai , ou ka-tesCHUNthen ;
For if in anything I have gloried to him on your behalf, I was not shamed;
all' hos PANta en a-leTHEIa  e-laLEsa-men huMIN,
but as we spoke all things to you in truth,
HOUtos kai he KAUche-sis  heMON ePI TItou aLEthei-a a-geNEthe.
so our glorying also beforeTitus came to be in truth.
c. 7:15 THE GOOD EFFECT OF CORINTH TO TITUS
kai ta SPLAGCHna  auTOU pe-ris-soTEros  eis huMAS es-tin,
And his :affection is more abundantly toward you,
a-na-mim-nes-koMEnou  ten PANton huMON hu-pa-koEN ,
while he remembers the obedience of you all,
hos meTA PHObou kai TROmou  eDExas-the auTON.
how with fear and trembling you received him.
d. 7:16 I rejoice that in everythingI am of good cheer concerning you.
CHAIro HOti en panTI tharRO  en huMIN.
NOTE: (2009-08-14) There is no portion of Scripture that does not have nuggets to be found - if only we take the time to first enter into the presence of God - then to meditate over a portion verse by verse - then to pray it back to God in our own words with thanksgiving - and lastly to allow the Holy Spirit as our Teacher to speak to our hearts. This is mixing the Word of God with faith. This is the pathway to constant intimacy with God. To master Oswald Chambers' “My Utmost for His Highest”, is to enter into that place of “Personal, Passionate devotion to Jesus!” No one will ever regret the discipline that brings him into this relationship.
Then look at 7:8-13a. Here we find the Holy Spirit through Paul clearly contrasting the two types of repentance. “I'm sorry I got caught, found out and exposed,” works no changein character or temperament. But the repentance that leads to a “change of mind” that is set forth in Romans 12:1-2 - thatkind of repentance leads to a renewing of mind that brings us into “thinking God's thoughts” after Him. This is the repentance that came to David in Psalm 51, after Nathan confronted him. Thisis the kind of repentance that made David “a man after God's own heart!” Was he sinlessly perfect? Of course not; and neither are we! But his repentance when confronted in his sin, brought him into this high testimony which he received from God.
This morning, Friday, August 14, 2009, this thought came to me in my devotional time with God: “Could we have in the US an illegal President who is willing to spend trillions of our dollars on the illegals of our country? My wife Marie and I went through severe testings to enter the U.S. and become citizens of this country. Should the barriers now be removed? Is this fair? Is it right?
This man certainly does not walk in the spirit of our Founding Fathers! Look into “The Teaching Company” and those dealing with our history to see the spirit of our founders. He does not walk in the spirit of our Constitution. His associates of the past and present do not generate confidence in us. My mother often said, “Birds of a feather, flock together.” I personally have deep concern with all of the above. It seems to me that we might have voted in a “Trojan Horse,” and in secret at night, the belly will be opened up to let loose men who will be set on the destruction of our nation.
Do I yet pray for him? Of course! Paul by the Spirit exhorts us to! I pray Job 33:13-18, that God will give him dreams and visions such as He gave Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar, and plant “the fear of God” in his heart. His pressure upon Israel is a most fearful thing. He needs God, the Living God, desperately. Join with me in praying for our President, the U.S. president. It would seem that we have him as the merciful judgment of God, to waken the professing Christians of our nation, to waken to God and His purposes and thinking for us. Then a man like Titus can be encouraged and comforted in America in these last days.
For new readers: Please turn to our Website <www.2rbetter.org> - Click on “Interlinear” on the Top Bar, and you will find an introduction to the above Interlinear Numeric Greek NT. entitled “Notes on the Numeric Interlinear Greek NT by Ivan Panin.” This in 12 parts will explain the uniqueness of the text above. For those yet more interested, click on the URL at the end of this article, and you will find my aritcle “Reaching Unbelievers by Bible Numerics,” published by the “Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.” - J.A.W.