The God of All Comfort
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
This message of comfort opens on a very high level and an exalted plane of praise:
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
The word blessed means "praise," and it has to do with worship and adoration of God. And will you notice that the apostle Paul always draws us to the praise and adoration and worship of our God. Actually, this verse is a doxology. You have in this one verse the Book of Psalms, all congealed and condensed and brought together. It is "Blessed be God [praise God] even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort." This is about the same as saying, "Praise God from whom all mercies flow," and I think that would be better than the word blessings used in the Doxology we sing on Sunday mornings. It is the same, of course, "Praise God from whom all mercies flow."
Now Paul mentions in this verse two of these wonderful mercies specifically. He says first of all that God is "the Father of mercies," and I like that. Whatever the mercy might be, God is the Father of it. I don't care what it is, everything that you and I have - and are - is a mercy from God. And this means that goodness and mercy are never earned. You never work for it. You never deserve it. If you do, then it's not goodness and mercy. It's given to those who are in need, because it's not a sugarplum of indulgence from an overindulgent parent either. It's a mercy which is something that God gives to those who need the very thing that He offers to them. He is the Father of mercy. You and I today have received mercies from God and He's the Father of every one of them which we have received.
He also is the God of all comfort. That is the second specific, and may I say that I'm convinced this is the most stupendous claim that can be made for God. Paul makes here the exaggerated claim that God can comfort His chil ...
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