GOD THE COMFORTER
Saturday, June 9, 2018
1st Corinthians 1:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Brothers the lesson for us all is to both recognize and receive God's comfort which he gives for us every time that we are in need. This comfort is His love being extended to us in our times of trouble.
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.
Please see here in the fourth verse that just as God gives us comfort during our trouble we to are to give comfort to our brothers, neighbors and any others who are suffering or going through troubles of their own.
He gives to us out of His great love for us, and we are to give to others from our love of God just as He loves us.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 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:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
Here Paul tells us that he and his fellow ministers were suffering greatly in Asia to the point of being near death. But, he says that by the love bestowed upon them in prayer that they were delivered from their troubles and tribulation.
18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
Paul says here that just as God is true his word is not yea or nay, but that in Him it is always yea. Brothers God knows our needs. He sees our suffering, our trials, and our tribulation. When we pray or others pray for us His answer is always yes. Our faith and the faith of fellow believers will receive God's comforter. He is always true to his word and his promises to us.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Amen brothers! No one has dominion over your faith. But, we are helpers of others joy. It is by faith that we stand.
2ND Corinthians 2:
1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.
2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.
6 Sufficient to such a man is this 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 beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.
Brothers, again we are shown here that just as God is our comforter and we are to join him in comforting those who are suffering we are not to forget to forgive all people of all things. Please remember that without our forgiveness of others we are not able to receive Gods comfort and blessings.
We forgive and then we receive all of God's promises which includes his comfort. PRAISE GOD!
9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Brothers, when we do not forgive then satin is given an advantage by gaining a foothold in our lives. Verse ten tells us plainly that we forgive others in the person of Christ Jesus. It is our spirit man that was born a new creature when we accepted Jesus into our lives, and it is a born again spirit man who is to always strive to walk Christ like.
When we stumble into walking in the flesh and not in the spirit it is then that we allow satin an advantage. Just as Jesus defeated satin on the cross on this earth He then went to hell and defeated him again when he took the keys to death and hell from him.
Jesus expects us to walk Christ like through this life. He knows that we will fail every time when we walk in the flesh. This is why He had to come to earth to live as a man. It is by our being born again that we no longer have to go through this life walking in our fleshly will. We are to try every day that we live to keep walking and living in the spirit, not the flesh. Our flesh is dead and can do nothing more of itself. But, we can do all things when we keep our eyes on Christ Jesus and walk in the spirit and not by our own will, but rather in God's will for us.
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus;
HVM - C6918