2 Corinthians 1-2 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 11:40:24 PST 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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January 13, 2013


 *1. 1:2 (1:1-2, NNT) PAUL: APOSTOLIC GREETINGS. “Grace to you and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” *Your highest form
ofgovernment on earth Father, is Your apostles. Prophets declare Your
apostles make Your mind practical to Your church. Hence these two offices
are Your foundation for Your church, Jesus Christ the Chief Cornerstone!
Therefore we pray, *Hallowed be your :name!*

 *2. 1:3-4 (1:3-11) PAUL: COMFORTED TO BE A COMFORT. “Blessed the God and
Father of our :Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of :mercies and God of all
comfort; 4 who comforts us in all our :affliction, that we be able to
comfort those in any :affliction, through the comfort with which we
ourselves are comforted of :God.” *How wise Your ways, Father! We rejoice
and rest in Your wisdom. *Your :kingdom come!*

 *3. 1:12 (1:12-14) PAUL: BASIS OF HIS REJOICING. “For our :glorying is
this, the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of
:God, and not in fleshly wisdom but in God’s grace, we behaved in the
world, and more abundantly toward you.” *What a gift of wisdom You gave
Your church in Paul, Father! He truly let You have Your way in him. His
words are the words of our Lord through him! *Your :will be done, As in
heaven, so on earth!*

 *4. 1:19-20 (1:15-22) PAUL: NOT FICKLE IN HIS PROMISES. “For the Son of
:God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you through us, through me and
Silvanus and Timothy, was not yes and no, but in him is yes. 20 For however
many the promises of God, in him is the yes: therefore also through
him isthe Amen, unto glory to :God through us.”
*Yes Father, and one word in Jesus is the word of *forgiveness*, and its
paramount necessity! We embrace His teaching! *Our :daily :bread Give us
this day!*

 *5. 2:4 (1:23-2:4) PAUL’S DESIRE: NOT TO CAUSE SORROW. “For out of much
tribulation and anguish of heart I wrote you with many tears; not that you
be made sorry, but that you might know the love which I have more
abundantly unto you.” *We bless You Father, for the compassionate heart of
Paul. We see Your heart in him. Out of the great compassion in Jesus he
speaks. *And forgive us our :debts, As we also have forgiven our :debtors!*

 *6. 2:10-11 (2:5-11) PAUL’S FORGIVENESS: DEFEATS SATAN! “But to whom you
forgive anything, I also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven
anything, it is for your sakes in Christ’s person; 11 that no advantage be
gained over us by :Satan: for we are not ignorant of his :devices.” **
Unforgiveness* gives a strong open door to Satan. Father, seal this truth
in our hearts. Help us not to speak against a stumbling member of Your
body; help us to love our enemies and persecutors. *And bring us not into

 *7. 2:14 (2:12-17) PAUL: HIS TRIUMPH CONTINUALLY IN CHRIST. “But thanks to
:God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ, and makes manifest
through us the savor of his :knowledge in every place.” *Hallelujah! We
rejoice in Your favor unto us in Christ, Father! What triumph You manifest *
after* leading us into the crucified life. *But deliver us from the evil

 *NOTE**: 1:21-22 (1:15-22) PAUL’S REVELATION FOR US. **“Now who
establishes us with you unto Christ, and anointed us, is God; 22 who also
sealed us, and gave the earnest of the Spirit in our :hearts.” *Blessed be
Your holy Name for ever Father, for the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the d*o*-reA.
Through *this* we are *sealed*, and have the *down-payment* of the fullness
which is yet to come!

 *C.H. Spurgeon Quotes: Young People and Prayer: *Dear young people, take
care that you start right in your Christian life by being much in prayer! A
profession of faith that does not begin with prayer will end in disgrace.
If you come to join the Church, but do not pray to God to uphold you in
consistency of life, and to make your profession sincere, the probability
is that you are already a hypocrite!

 *Our Psalm for the day: 44:4-5 (44) COME TO OUR HELP. “You are my King, O
God; ordain salvation for Jacob! 5 Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.” *Father, we
bless You that through intercession Your purposes forge ahead! Saints are
lifted up; enemies are defeated; Your Name is glorified! *Hallowed be your

 *Title*: “To the Chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.” The title
is similar to the Forty-Second, and although this is no proof that it is by
the same author, it makes it highly probable. No other writer should be
sought for to father any of the Psalms when David will suffice, and
therefore we are loath to ascribe this sacred song to any but the great
Psalmist; yet as we hardly know any period of his life which it would
fairly describe, we feel compelled to look elsewhere. The last verses
remind us of Milton’s famous lines on the massacre of the Protestants among
the mountains of Piedmont.

 44:1. *We have heard with our ears, O God. *To hear with the ears affects
us more sensitively than to read with our eyes; we ought to note this and
seize every possible opportunity of telling abroad the gospel of our Lord
Jesus *viva voce, *since this is the most telling mode of communication. *Our
fathers have told us. *When fathers are tongue-tied religiously with their
offspring, need they wonder if their children’s hearts remain sin-tied?
Religious conversation need not be dull, and indeed it could not be if, as
in this case, it dealt more with facts and less with opinions.

 44:2. *How you did afflict the people and cast them out. *How fair is
Mercy when she stands by the side of justice! Bright beams the star of
grace amid the night of wrath! It is a solemn thought that the greatness of
divine love has its counterpart in the greatness of His indignation.

 44:3. *For they got not the land in possession by their own sword. *The
passage may be viewed as a beautiful parable of the work of salvation; men
are not saved without prayer, repentance, etc., but none of these save a
man; salvation is altogether of the Lord. Canaan was not conquered without
the armies of Israel, but equally true is it that it was not conquered by
them; the Lord was the conqueror, and the people were but instruments in
His hands.

 44:5. *Through Your Name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
*Mark well that all the conquests of these believers are said to be
“through You,” “through Your Name”; never let us forget this, lest going a
warfare at our own charges, we fail most ignominiously. Let us not,
however, fall into the equally dangerous sin of distrust, for the Lord can
make the weakest of us equal to any emergency.

 44:6. *For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save
me.*Arm of flesh, how dare I trust you? How dare I bring upon myself
the curse
of those who rely upon man?

 44:8. *In God we boast all the day long. *What a blessed boasting is this!
It is the only sort of boasting that is bearable. All other manna bred
worms and stunk except that which was laid up before the Lord, and all
other boasting is loathsome save the glorying in the Lord, which is
laudable and pleasing.

 44:11. *And has scattered us among the heathen. *All this is ascribed to
the Lord, as being allowed by Him, and even appointed by His decree. It is
well to trace the hand of God in our sorrows, for it is surely there.

 44:14. *You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head
among the people.* The world knows not its nobility; it has no eye for true
excellence: it found a cross for the Master and cannot be expected to award
crowns to His disciples.

 44:17. *All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten You. *When in
the midst of many griefs, we can still cling to God in loving obedience, it
must be well with us. True fidelity can endure rough usage. Those who
follow God for what they get will leave Him when persecution is stirred up,
but not so the sincere believer; he will not forget his God, even though
the worst come to the worst.

 44:22. *We are counted as sheep for the slaughter. *From Piedmont and
Smithfield, from St. Bartholomew’s massacre and the dragoonades of
Claverhouse, this appeal goes up to heaven, while the souls under the altar
continue their solemn cry for vengeance. Not long shall the church plead in
this fashion; her shame shall be recompensed, her triumph shall dawn. *(From
“The Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O. Fuller)*

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