New Testament Commentary - 2 Corinthians 7

by Don R. Hender

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              CHAPTER 7

Godly sorrow for sin leads to repentance—The sorrow of the world worketh death.

  1 HAVING therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us acleanse ourselves from all bfilthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting choliness in the fear of Goda.
  2 Receive us; we have awronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have bdefrauded no man.
  3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
 1a perfecting holiness in the fear of God While it is by our faith in the atonement that we are saved and raised back unto the presence of God, it is by the action of the 'spirit of faith' in us that we do cleanse ourselves from all filthiness unto 'perfecting holiness' in that we become one with God. If we do not 'repent' and become clean and perfect ourselves in keeping the commandments, both of comission as well as omission in our intent of the action and works of faith in Christ and by the aid of that 'spirit of faith' we have found in him then living in all righteousness before, in and through him, then we cannot be glorified in the Kingdom of God. And these then are not 'dead works' of righteousness in us but living works of righteousness in us, for by our repentance and the grace of God's atonement are we made whole. But be sure that we must show forth our works by our faith unto righteousness, keeping the commandments and showing forth charity to all men with that hope of redemption based upon our faith in Jesus Christ and that power unto salvation made available through him. And 'GOD BID' us so to do.
  4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with acomfort, I am exceeding bjoyful in all our ctribulation.
  5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were atroubled on every side; without were fightings, within were bfears.
  6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
  7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was acomforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
  8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made asorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
  10 For agodly bsorrow worketh crepentance to dsalvation not to be repented of: but the esorrow of the world worketh death.
  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
  12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
  13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was arefreshed by you all.
  14 For if I have aboasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our bboasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.
  15 And his ainward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the bobedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.
  16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.