Sparing the Church

And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit— 16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea. 17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? 18 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. 24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

—2 Corinthians 1:15-24.

Paul’s attitude is positive when he says he will come to the Corinthians; he wishes to help and be helped. This reminds him that God is positive in His words and actions. That is why the Christian’s position is certain in Christ, who has sealed us by putting the Holy Spirit into our hearts. This ‘deposit payment’ of salvation guarantees that there is more to come.

Paul says that he has stayed away from Corinth because, if he had come, he would have needed to deal with them firmly. He has spared them that. He does not seek to domineer but to work for their joy, faith and standing in Christ. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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