2 Corinthians 7:2-16
2 Corinthians 7:2-16 2 Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. 5 For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. 6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. • Condemned/Comforted- John 3:16-17
God desires to take us from condemned to comforted.
8 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. 9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 12 Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you. • Godly sorrow- [Greek, lypeō] “to grieve”, sense of sadness we experience because of the sins we’ve committed; but also leads us to repentance. Cf. James 4:7-10
• Repentance- [Greek, metanoia] “change of mind” >Justification- being made just in the sight of God through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Cf. Romans 5:1 >Sanctification- the process of being made holy. Cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7 • Worldly sorrow- is circumstantial, but once made right or forgotten, that sorrow disappears.
Understanding Repentance for Sanctification Cf. John 17:14-17; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Holiness is accomplished through repentance. Repentance leads us to salvation by changing our minds about who Jesus is and what Jesus did. After salvation, repentance continues to be renewing our mind with the Word of God, which changes the way we live.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
13 Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 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. • God desires to take us from condemned to comforted.