June 8, 2021
Thank you! – 55
After a little more than two months, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s second Letter to the Corinthians. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and now the first of Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 13,580 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first eight books of the New Testament. It has taken me seven years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
Over 2,000 people have emailed me that they are following this project in some form or another. 246 people follow this blog every day. Many people have visited this site. The highest recent month was October, 2020 when 1,939 people visited this site. There have been over 76,287 hits on this blog since its inception. I just want to thank all of you. Word Press sent me a compilation that showed that about 6,800 people from 84 countries visited this web site in 2015.
I realize that over 32,000 of you have left comments, but I have not responded to them. Some of you might want to moderate my comments, which is fine with me. If you want to contact me directly, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of you sent me more than ten emails about how you liked this website during the past two months. They include:
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Thank you to everyone.
Peace – love – joy
Paul told the Corinthians to mend their ways and to live in peace. The God of love and peace would be with them. He wanted them to greet each other with a holy kiss. All the Christian saints greeted them. They should live in the grace and love of God in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This was a great reminder for all of us, to live in peace and love.
Paul said that Christ was speaking in him. Although Christ was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We were weak, but now we are powerful. Jesus Christ is in you also. Thus, you may have failed the test, but Paul and his companions had not failed. Paul prayed that they would do the right thing. Paul would only follow the truth. He prayed for their progress and improvement. Paul hoped that he would not have to use his authority that the Lord gave him for building up the Corinthian community.
Paul said that this was his third visit to Corinth. He had already warned those who had sinned before. He maintained that he needed two or three witnesses to bring a charge against anyone. However, he would not be lenient.
Paul wanted to know if the Corinthians considered this nothing but a defense of himself. He was speaking in the sight of God in order to develop the Corinthian community. Was there a misunderstanding between Paul and the Corinthian community? They were not like they wished each other to be. There might be some problems when they would get together there, like quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. Paul was afraid that he would be humbled before God because of their unrepentant sins.
Paul reiterated that he would not be a burden to the Corinthians. He did not want anything from them, just for them to follow Jesus Christ. Parents should take of children, not vice versa. Paul loved them more than any other church. He asked them. Was he deceitful? Did he take advantage of them? Did Titus do something wrong?
Paul said that the Corinthians had forced him to be a fool. He was not inferior to these super apostles. Paul had performed the signs and wonders of a true apostle among them. Are they any worse off than the other Christian churches?
Paul said that a thorn was put into his side, a messenger of Satan, to harass him. Paul appealed to the Lord, but the Lord replied that his grace was sufficient for him. The power of the Lord was made manifest in weakness. Thus, Paul was content to boast about his weakness so that the power of God would shine. He accepted his insults, his hardships, and his persecutions to show the Lord’s strength in his weaknesses.
Paul spoke about his visions and revelations. Fourteen years ago, he was in the third heaven. He was in paradise, whether in the body or not, he does not know, only God knows. He heard things that cannot be uttered because they were unspeakable words. He was willing to boast about this, but he did not want to be a fool.
Paul said that he would boast about his weakness. God knew that he did not lie. The Governor of Damascus wanted to seize Paul in Damascus after his conversion to Christ. However, he escaped from there through a window in the wall.