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SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE
APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS.
ENCOURAGEMENT UNDER AFFLICTION.
Recite those expressions of encouragement under tribulation, with which the apostle commences his Second Epistle to the Corinthians.
3. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort ;
4. Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Are not Christians exercised with porerty of spirit, that they may learn to trust in God.?
9. We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.
Wherein did the apostles rejoice under their trials 2
12. Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our
conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.
COUNSEL RESPECTING THE PERSON WHO HAD BEEN
What counsel did Paul give to the Corinthians concerning the excommunicated person?
6. Sufficient to such a man is the punishment, which was inflicted of many.
7. So that, contrariwise, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him ; lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8. Wherefore I besceci
that confirm your love toward him.
TUB APOSTLES' QUALIFICATION FOR TRE MINISTRY.-182
SUPERIORITY OF THE GOSPEL TO TIE LAW..
To what did the apostles altribute their suffi. ciency and qualification for the ministry?
.5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves,
to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6. Who hath made us able ministers of the new testament: not of !he letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Is not the Gospel a much more glorious dispensation than the Law .
7. If the ministration of death, written and engraven on stone, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moscs, for the glory of his countenance ; which glory was to be done away;
8. How shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious ?
9. For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
TRE APOSTLES CONDUCT IN REGARD TO THEIR MINISTRY
How did the apostles conduct themselves in the exercise of their ministry?
1. Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not ;
2. But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty; not walking in craftiness, nor ban.
dling the word of God deceitfully ; but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to cvery man's conscience in the sight of God.
5. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
Were not their minds divinely illuminated, to enable them to comprehend the things of God?
6. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, bath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
7. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels ; that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Were they not subjected to trials, that they might exemplify the life of Christ ?
8. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed ; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
10. Als ays bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus; that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
Did they not advance in spiritual improvement, and receive strength to look forward to eternal things, through these means?
16. But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17. For onr light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen : for the things which are seen are temporal ; but the ibiogs which are not seen are eternal.
What is the Christian's hope of immortality ?
1. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an liouse not made with hands, eternal in the hcayens.
But must we not keep in diew the day of judg. ment ?
9. Wherefore we labour, that whetber present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.
10. For we must all appear before the judge ment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that be liath donc, wbether it be good or bad.
Was it not to the end that we might be made koly, that Christ died for us?
15. He died for all; that they which live