II Corinthians 1, continued:

  • II Corinthians 1:23-24 – Paul had more accusations than just fickleness to defend himself against. See II Corinthians 10:2; 12:16; 13:3.

II Corinthians 2

  • II Corinthians 2:1-2 – Paul wanted his next visit to be an uplifting one. See II Corinthians 12:20. Compare II Corinthians 13:20. Different translations give different ideas on how many times Pail had been to Corinth.
  • II Corinthians 2:3-4 – The book of I Corinthians was not an easy thing for Paul to write. He was in anguish when writing it. See II Corinthians 7:8-9; 13:5.
  • II Corinthians 2:5-8 – This is likely the incestuous fornicator from I Corinthians 5. This is a model for restoring a repentant sinner. See Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:32.
  • II Corinthians 2:9-11 – See II Corinthians 11:3; 12:7; I Peter 5:8 – The real enemy here is Satan – not the sinner.
  • II Corinthians 2:12-13 – See II Corinthians 7:5. We are going to be ignorant about why things happen, but we know that God is in control.
  • II Corinthians 2:14-17 – Paul was not peddling the word of God (just preaching for money).


  • Forgiven people are forgiving people (Matthew 18:21-35). Forgiven people are forgetful people.
  • Our forgiveness to others must model the way we had been forgiven by God (Ephesians 4:32).
  • Forgiveness is active, not passive, and requires effort on our part.