What does 2 Corinthians 7:13 mean?
ESV: Therefore we are comforted. And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
NIV: By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.
NASB: Because of this, we have been comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
CSB: For this reason we have been comforted.In addition to our own comfort, we rejoiced even more over the joy Titus had, because his spirit was refreshed by all of you.
NLT: We have been greatly encouraged by this. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was about the way all of you welcomed him and set his mind at ease.
KJV: Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
Paul has praised the Corinthians for their response to his rebuke. They have turned from their sin. This was either agreement or non-responsiveness toward one among them who opposed Paul. They have been eager to make everything right again. Paul was deeply concerned that they might respond differently, so he has been comforted by Titus' report from Corinth.
In addition to being comforted about the Corinthians' choice to make things right, Paul also rejoiced because of Titus' joy. Titus was refreshed and encouraged by the Corinthians. Paul had apparently been concerned that if the Corinthians did not receive the rebuke in his letter positively, they might treat Titus badly. Just the opposite happened. Titus witnessed firsthand their sorrow about their sin and their eager repentance. He was encouraged not only by their kindness to him but also by the example of their faithfulness to Paul and, by extension, to God. As a result, Titus' spirit was refreshed.
This serves as an example to all believers. Any choice we make to sin does not happen entirely detached from the community of Christians. Those we might not expect to be affected can still be caught in the consequences of our disobedience. In the same way, however, a believer who chooses to repent and obey Christ once again also impacts the community at large in a positive way. We have opportunity to refresh and encourage others simply by doing what is right ourselves.
Second Corinthians 7:2–16 begins with Paul urging the Corinthians to make room in their hearts for him and his co-workers for the gospel. He then describes the great affliction they were under until Titus returned from a visit to Corinth. Titus' report that the Corinthians had responded to a severe rebuke from Paul with sadness and repentance brought Paul great comfort and caused him to rejoice. Titus, too, expressed affection for the Corinthians after seeing their obedience and humility. Paul concludes by declaring his complete confidence in the Corinthians, though he will discuss other difficult issues in the following chapters.
Verse 1 concludes the previous chapter's declaration that believers, as God's holy people, must cleanse their lives of defilement. Next, Paul urges the Corinthians once more to make room in their hearts for him and his co-workers. He expresses his great comfort and joy over Titus' report that they received a letter of rebuke from him with sorrow and repentance, eager to make things right. He is glad to hear that Titus was impressed with their obedience and humble attitude. This hasn't resolved all the issues between Paul and the Corinthians, but he expresses his complete confidence in them.
Second Corinthians 7 begins with a single verse concluding Paul's teaching about what it means for Christians not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. He then urges the Corinthians once more to make room in their hearts for him and his fellow ministers. He expresses enormous comfort at hearing that they have received a letter of rebuke from him with an eagerness to make things right with him. Titus, too, is impressed with their obedience and humility. Paul declares that he now has complete confidence in them. Following chapters will continue to address spiritual problems within that church.
Second Corinthians returns to similar themes as those Paul mentioned in his first letter to this church. Paul is glad to hear that the church in Corinth has heeded his advice. At the same time, it is necessary for Paul to counter criticisms about his personality and legitimacy. Most of this text involves that subject. The fifth chapter, in contrast, contains comforting words which Christians have quoted often in times of hardship. Paul also details his expectations that the church in Corinth will make good on their promise to contribute to the needs of suffering believers in Jerusalem.
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