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Gratification and Clarification (2 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 1:11-24
May 4, 2005
1. This evening we will pick up our study of chapter one. Last week we looked at the first ten verses, dealing with comfort and consolation in the midst of suffering. Tonight we will continue on with our concluding study of (vv. 11-24). Let me give you two main points:
I. PAUL'S GRATIFICATION
1. When you read chapter one, you sense Paul's appreciation for the saints. They were the fruit of his labor--saved by grace and kept by God. They, like Paul, himself, had endured much suffering. He was concerned about their affliction and encourages them to rest in the Lord. In the first part of the chapter he speaks of the comfort found in Christ: (vs. 3), "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort."
a. In (vs. 8) Paul speaks about his own suffering:
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: The comfort and consolation he spoke of was the same for him as it was for them: (vs. 5), For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
1) It matters not how spiritual we are, how long we have been saved, or how much we know, affliction and suffering is our common lot. And, just as we encourage the newer brethren in the midst of their trials, we encourage ourselves the same way. Our consolation is in Christ. And by the way, I want us to know that the Lord's grace and consolation is proportionate to our sufferings. Notice again what he says in
2. Now, why did Paul have a feeling of gratification? Why was he so pleased? It was for three reasons:
A. Their Corporate Prayer
1. Look at the first part of (vs. 11a), Ye also helping together by p ...
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