Select Page
Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians

 

14 For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true. 15 And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. 16 Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything. 

 

7:14

For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, 

Paul boasted about the Corinthian church to Titus.

I am not ashamed. 

Paul’s praise of the church was justified because of how they received Titus. He indeed was not ashamed of them because they proved his statements about them proved to be true.

But as we spoke all things to you in truth, 

This phrase may refer to Paul’s travel plans, which was a contested issue in Corinth.

even so our boasting to Titus was found true. 

Paul’s statements to Titus proved right during his visit to Corinth. Despite his reservations about the church, they proved to be true to their convictions. 

7:15

And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, 

Titus loved the Corinthian church because he observed their obedience to Paul’s letter.

how with fear and trembling you received him. 

The words “fear and trembling” indicate how the Corinthian church received Titus with respect.

7:16

Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything. 

Paul’s confidence in the Corinthian church was not in vain. Verse 16 shows the apostle’s present attitude toward the Corinthian church. In light of Paul’s confidence in them, he challenges them to give generously to God’s work (2 Co 8-9).

PRINCIPLE:

When Christians apply God’s Word to a situation, it strengthens affections among the congregation.

APPLICATION:

Confidence is important in God’s assembly of believers. The greater the trust, the further the cause of Christ advances.

Share