Bible study – 2 Corinthians 2
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we will continue the Bible study on the book of 2 Corinthians. In this blog post we will go throught chapter 2. In this chapter we see the following stories:
- Forgiveness for the offender
- Ministers of the new covenant
Paul starts this chapter by telling the church of Corinthians, that there is an important reason for his letter. Although it might seem very strict and harsh, it is not meant to to them harm, but because he loves his brothers and sisters that they take it to heart and are not lost. We need to know that not everything that we will be learned will always be nice to hear, but with God it will always be out of love for us and to save us!
Forgiveness for the offender
This might be sometimes very difficult to do. If someone really hurt or mistreated you, then forgiving that person might be last thing on your mind. However, exactly that is what God asks of you. If you forgive someone else, then God will also forgive you. If you are unwilling to forgive someone, that the one that you will hurt the most is yourself! Also ask the Holy Spirit to also even comfort that person. Know that if you are unwilling to forgive, than you actually let the devil unfolds his scheme to destroy your life.
Ministers of the new Covenant
I believe this part of Chapter 2 is actually something that is very relevant today as we see so many times that some visiting pastors seem more interested in getting your money and not so much bringing the word.
Paul takes His time to thank God, by saying that He leads us captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and that He uses us to spread the aroma of knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other an aroma that brings life.
The aformentioned means that God asks of us that we spread His word, but that not everyone will accept it. Don’t get frustrated about this, because God only wants us to spread His word. Touching someones heart is for God to do.
He ends this chapter by saying that we should not peddle the word of God for profit. To me this means that you should never work for God, for the sole purpose of getting money. Make sure that you are serving God for the right reason. Also (on a personal note) never let any visiting pastor force you into giving Him money, because he/she is using tactics of forcing you. If you give, it should be with a giving heart!