2 Corinthians 7:13-16

In 2 Corinthians 7:13-16 Paul recounts the blessing of Titus’ visit to the church at Corinth. His carrying of Paul’s letter and subsequent impact of it was a blessing to Paul. “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.” The experience Titus had in Corinth, and the report he brought back to Paul, was more than encouraging. It showed that Paul’s attempts to drive repentance had worked and God had done a work in the church through Titus and the letter. It was cause for rejoicing and celebration.

Paul had been “hopefully” boasting to Titus that the Corinthian Christians would respond well to the severe letter.  But it is unlikely that Titus was equally as sure!  “For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true.” But Paul’s boasting to Titus was found true! Paul had to encourage Titus to make the trip and carry the message. But I’m sure after much prayer and intercession, the outcome was achieved and Titus delivered exactly as Paul had boasted that he would.

Titus likely went to Corinth with some fear and trepidation. He wasn’t sure what to expect. But now, Paul assures the Corinthian church that Titus loves the church more than ever. It’s likely that Titus had seen a lot of ugliness among the Corinthian Christians.  Titus may have had a “chip on his shoulder” against them.  So Paul wants them to know that after he saw and reported their repentance, Titus loves them more than ever now! “And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling.” Titus had witnessed the power of repentance and see how the church moved to obedience of following God’s Word in how to treat Paul and the ministry team.

Paul ends this chapter with rejoicing. It could be questioned – was it sarcastic that he would rejoice over this very stubborn and challenging church? Unlikely as Paul, even with the frustration and pain he has endured, has seen God move among them through Titus’ visit and heard of the repentance that moved through the church. He is giving them the benefit of the doubt that they are changed. “I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you.” Paul’s ultimate concern was his relationship with the people he ministered to. This shows that people were just as important to Paul as ministry.  He didn’t want to do “ministry” at the expense of his relationships with people.

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