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    This passage reminds us of the great comfort of our God in times of trouble.

     The outline:

     1. God comforts us so that we can comfort others. v. 3-4
    2. We understand our suffering better by understanding the sufferings of Christ. v. 5
    3. There is comfort in knowing others have suffered as well as you. v. 6
    4. There is HOPE in sharing our suffering and our comfort. v. 7

     

     

     

     

     

    2 Co 1:3–7 NIV84 3 Praise be … in our comfort.

     

     

     

     

    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

     

    The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (2 Co 1:3–7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. God comforts us so that we can comfort others. v. 3-4

     

     

     

     

    "Father of compassion" : Compassion translated as "mercy" 5x. iktiro.... οἰκτιρμῶν

     

    Five occurrences; AV translates as “mercy” five times. 1 compassion, pity, mercy. 1a bowels in which compassion resides, a heart of compassion. 1b emotions, longings, manifestations of pity.

    Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Good of all comfort..."

     

     

     

     

    The idea is "consolation".

    Comfort and encouragement.

     

    The greek word is "paraklasis" - To comfort by coming along side of...


    The Holy Spirit is called the Paraclete - the one who comes along side us.

     

     

     

     

    2. We understand our suffering better by understanding the sufferings of Christ. v. 5

     

     

     

    The child of God is the recipient of the COMFORT of Christ.. .

    Think about that... you, specifically are given the direct attention of the Creator! who comforts his children.

    "The sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives..." v 5

    The idea of the greed word.... flow (into our lives) means that we have as full an understanding of Christ's suffering as we are allowed to experience. The word has a connotation that we have an "abundant" understanding of what Christ experienced.

    And as a result of this, we ALSO experience his COMFORT.... it OVERFLOWS into our lives.

    I believe this means that to the degree we take the time and meditation to think deeply about the suffering of Christ, we receive in turn, the COMFORT that Christ offers to us.

     

     

     

     

     

    3. There is comfort in knowing others have suffered as well as you. v. 6

     

     

     

    v. 6

    6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. NIV

     

    "...if we are comforted, it is for your comfort,"

    Notice: there is PURPOSE in our suffering.... and here, specifically it is the presence of Christ in our suffering that is so meaningful to us, that we are anxious to share that depth of meaning to others who are going through similar experiences.

     

     

     

     

     

    4. There is HOPE in sharing our suffering and our comfort. v. 7

     

     

     

    Not only is there comfort in knowing there is PURPOSE to our suffering, we ALSO have HOPE in that same experience.

    The very definition of this word HOPE in the greek is anticipation of our ultimate good that God means to bring into our lives.

     

    (Enhanced Strongs: ) ...2 expectation of good, hope. 2a in the Christian sense. 2a1 joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation. Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

     

     

     

     

     

    CONCLUSIONS we can draw from this passage...

     

     

     

     

    1. Sufferings and Afflictions are common to man. Why, because of the entrance of evil in our world. However, God has chosen to display His grace and Mercy upon us. And the COMFORT He brings to us is a demonstration of his LOVE for us and underscores His Compassion and Mercy!

     

    2. Our own personal suffering is the pathway of offering comfort to others.

    Once you experience the life-transforming power of His great Love in the COMFORT He provides, You are able to bring comfort into the lives of others who suffer.

     

    3. In this passage, we are confronted with "the God of all comfort." He promises His loving comfort, and calls us to "come" to him in our pain, disappointment, discouragement and fear. He is truly waiting for us to respond to His love!

     

    4. This passage teaches us that when we start to think that our suffering is all consuming, that we should stop that line of thought, and turn to Him in our suffering, and start to REJOICE IN HOPE! This Hope is a sure hope, a hope that is a promise of God Himself that he will see us through!