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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 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; 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. 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. 12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus. 15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; 16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea. 17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? 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. 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.

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1 Sarah R = "Paul was a Jewish Pharisee who persecuted and imprisoned Christians until his conversion following a dramatic encounter with the resurrected Jesus Christ. Read about his conversion in Acts 9."
2 Sarah R = "Corinth was the capital city of Achaia, which today is the area of Greece. It was a very important city at the time, as well as a very immoral city, full of debauchery and idol worship."
3 Cary W = "If we have grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, what else could move or disrupt or harm us?  Nothing, for with such gifts we have freedom and true power."
4 Deena E = "Paul transparently discusses his troubles in the province of Asia and expresses his need for comfort. When we suffer it enables us to relate to others in their suffering. When we can genuinely relate to others, then are able to reciprocate encouragement and consolation. Transparency is so vital in any relationship, and it's something that should be valued greatly in leadership."
5 Sarah R = "Paul refers to the suffering he has endured for the sake of Christ. As a Christian missionary to the Gentiles he was persecuted by fellow Jews who did not believe in Jesus as the Christ, by Jewish Christians who rejected the opening of the faith to Gentiles or non-Jews, and by the Greeks, who opposed his message as it took away the focus from the gods they worshiped (and made money off of). In many of his letters we see him writing about the various persecutions he faced, including arrests and imprisonment, beatings, attempted murder, and being outcast."
6 Deena E = "Paul is real with the Corinthians about his weaknesses. We have the natural tendency to rely on, trust in and boast about our own strength. Paul, however, encourages the Corinthians to depend on God's strength by way of his own example."
7 Sarah R = ""Some believe that prosperity and comfort are the markers of a faithful Christian; in order to believe that, you have to ignore completely the life and writings of Paul, the emissary. It is only when you suffer that you can meet God as your comforter. In these letters, and often in our own lives, it is when we seem to have come to the end of ourselves that we see and experience the fullness of God in entirely new ways. This is not to say that any of us should or would seek out the kind of suffering Paul experienced; we do not long to be imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, or hunted by authorities. But when our dark days come, we should be ready to learn, grow, and experience the fullness of God in the midst of our troubles."- The Voice Bible study note for 2 Corinthians 1"
8 Sarah R = ""In an attempt to move his relationship with the church toward this fuller understanding of his priorities, Paul goes on in verses 15-22 to respond to a complaint that arose over some alleged miscommunication on his part about his travel plans. From Paul's comments in these verses it seems that he had planned to visit the Corinthians toice before heading to Jerusalem to deliver the relief fund (v. 15). His intent was to come to Corinth first, move on to Macedonia and then return to Corinth, from where he hoped to be sent on his way to Judea with the money he had collected (v. 16). This would be the first time Paul had visited them since the founding of the church three years earlier. But the first of these two visits was so painful that Paul canceled the second one and returned to Ephesus, abandoning for the moment his Jerusalem collection efforts (see the introduction). The news of Paul's canceled visit was not well received at Corinth. They looked on his willingness to forgo a return visit as a sign of a fickle person who can say yes one moment and no the next (v. 17)."- The IVP New Testament Commentary Series"
9 Cary W = "I awoke one morning with the Spirit whispering to me to Think With God.  This one reminder, so simple, yet powerful, for to think with God is pass by our ordinary words and view of life, and seek to have the rich understanding and promises of His words deeply planted into our souls.As we move forward, confident in all He promised, we then proceed with His Strength, Power and Dominion while we go through our day."
10 Cary W = "We have been given all things in Christ, most importantly, all of the blessings and promises of God.  May we stand on His graces and promises so that He may be made known to the world."
11 Sarah R = "Verses about God's Spirit sealing us:Romans 8:16 "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children."Ephesians 1:13 "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,""