- Paul’s letter is the instruction on the theme of comfort in trouble
- We have to understand what it meant to Paul and why he wrote it.
o There were some false teachers that had come into Corinth and they had infiltrated the church.
o In order to find an entrance and to gain an audience, the first thing they needed to do was remove Paul
· II Corinthians 12:7
- Paul had spent eighteen months in the city of Corinth and planted the church
- He was told there was immorality in the church and it wasn’t being dealt with
- He writes them a letter on how to deal with immorality it in the church (not inspired by Holy Spirit).
· I Corinthians 5:9-13
· I Corinthians 1:11; 16:12; 7:1
- He sent Timothy to check on them, and he was compelled by the Spirit of God to write another letter. This letter is I Corinthians. This was an inspired letter.
- But things are getting worse, not better. So, Paul left Ephesus and went to Corinth himself.
· II Corinthians 2:1
- After making the visit he wrote a third letter, “severe letter” (not inspired).
· II Corinthians 2:4-9
· II Corinthians 7:5-8
· II Corinthians 12:18; 2:12; 5-9
- After having heard from Titus, apostle Paul writes II Corinthians (inspired).
1) Blessed be God (vs. 3a)
- It starts with praise, affirmation that God is to be well-spoken of.
o Hebrews 1:1-3
o John 1:18, 14:9
2) The Father of Mercies (vs. 3b)
- This is the language of one who cried out for tender mercy and pity from God.
o Lamentation 3:22
o Psalm 103:13-14, 17
3) The God of all Comfort (vs. 3c)
- He’s not saying, “God came to me and gave me a cushy life.” He’s saying, “God came to me in the middle of my trouble and gave me strength.
o Isaiah 40:1-2