2 Corinthians 7 Outline
– Keep ourselves away from body and spiritual sins (2 Corinthians 7:1)
– Paul urged the Corinthians to open their hearts and accept him (2 Corinthians 7:2-4)
– Paul rejoiced upon facing inward and outward persecution (2 Corinthians 7:5-7)
– Godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-13)
– Titus is happy when Paul boasts to him about the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7:14-16)
2 Corinthians 7 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 7:1, if we set ourselves apart from worldliness, then our relationships with God will be closer (1 Peter 1:16). We must get rid of all kinds of sins of the flesh and spirit and be holy for God. The sins of the flesh are sins that you sin against your body such as adultery, murder and etc. The sins of the spirit are sins caused by impure thoughts and emotions such as jealousy, hatred, bitterness and etc.
In 2 Corinthians 7:2-4, Paul asks the Corinthians to open their hearts and receive them back because they have not done anything wrong. The Corinthians believed that Paul was not good. They believed that Paul was not called by God and that he did not have the authority of an apostle. The Corinthians like the world so they judge Paul based on worldly standard. Since Paul is always poor and persecuted, the Corinthians couldn’t accept him.
In 2 Corinthians 7:5-7, Paul faced persecution on the outside and fears in his heart. Paul was comforted that Titus came to them at that time. When Titus came, he informed Paul that that the Corinthian church had been longing for him and concern about his deep sorrow so he now rejoice in it. In facing trials and tribulations, we must not have bitterness in it but always rejoice and maintain a smiling face.
In 2 Corinthians 7:8-13, Paul is not regret if he had cause sorrow on the Corinthians because it will lead them to repent and turn back to God. We must always examine ourselves to see if we have sin against God in any area everyday. This is because you may sin and then forget about it.
In 2 Corinthians 7:14-16, Titus had reported to Paul about the Corinthian Christians and how they changed their mind to accept Paul again. Titus was very happy when Paul told him about how proud he is for the Corinthians.