2 Corinthians 7:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 7:15, NIV: And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling.

2 Corinthians 7:15, ESV: And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling.

2 Corinthians 7:15, KJV: And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

2 Corinthians 7:15, NASB: His affection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling.

2 Corinthians 7:15, NLT: Now he cares for you more than ever when he remembers the way all of you obeyed him and welcomed him with such fear and deep respect.

2 Corinthians 7:15, CSB: And his affection toward you is even greater as he remembers the obedience of all of you, and how you received him with fear and trembling.

What does 2 Corinthians 7:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has expressed his great relief and comfort that the Corinthians received his letter of rebuke with sorrow, repentance, and eagerness to make things right. Titus is the one who delivered the letter. Titus was one of Paul's co-workers for the gospel, a man he mentored in the ministry. Paul has also expressed his joy that Titus was so encouraged by the response of the Corinthians, as well.

Paul now adds that Titus has grown to have even greater affection for the Corinthians than he has. It's not just that the people there were nice to him or made him feel welcome. Titus was impressed by their choice to obey God by obeying Paul's instructions to them to discipline the man who was opposing Paul's Christ-appointed ministry.

In addition to that obedience, Titus was impressed with their attitude. They showed great respect to him as a representative of Paul who was a representative of Christ. Paul writes that they received Titus with fear and trembling, meaning that they recognized that he came with Christ's authority. That demonstration of humility caused Titus to have great affection for them.