2 Corinthians 1:8-11..8 We don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of our affliction that took place in Asia. We were completely overwhelmed—beyond our strength—so that we even despaired of life itself.
V.8 Paul may have been referring to the riot that occurred in Ephesus when the followers of there false god tried to bring charges against him [Acts 19:23-41]. I believe it could have been in Lystra where Paul was stoned until they thought him dead and dragged him out of the city. However with the disciples around him he got up and went back into the city. [Acts 14:19-20]. Paul never quit!
Vv.9-10 Paul believed his physical life had been threatened but he did not trust in himself but in God who raises the dead. Paul continues saying that he had been delivered from death and that He will deliver us in the future. When severe health problems or persecution arise we can take great comfort that when a Disciple passes from this life they will immediately be in the presence of Jesus.
V.11 Paul emphasized the importance of intercessory prayer that calls on God to help others in need. The ultimate purpose of Paul’s deliverance through the prayers of many believers was to bring glory to God. The language paints a picture of many people in prayer, thanking God following Paul’s deliverance from death. Paul rejoiced that the gift of his deliverance had resulted in many Disciples having a deeper appreciation for God’s love and power. Even in the most difficult struggles, Paul wanted believers to focus on God and give thanks to Him.
Disciples with difficult circumstances are commanded to focus on Triune God & others and live thankfully one day at a time with hope for the future.
Henry Luke 5/2/2018
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