The God of All Comfort


Text: 2 Corinthians 1:1-6
Title:
The God of All Comfort
Introduction: Paul wrote 1 Corinthians from Ephesus, where he had been ministering for three years. He sent this letter to the church by Timothy (1 Cor. 4:17), but problems in the church only grew worse.
Paul had organized the Corinthian church during his second missionary trip.
Perhaps it was young Timothy’s timidity that made the believers at Corinth disobey Paul’s words. At any rate, Paul then sent Titus to Corinth to make sure the church obeyed the apostolic orders Paul had given them (2 Cor. 7:13-15). Paul had promised the Corinthians that he would visit them (1 Cor. 16:3-7), but circumstances were such that he was delayed along the way. He had hoped to meet Titus at Troas but this plan failed.
As you read 2 Cor. 1-2, you feel the burden and heartache of Paul, suffering both physically and emotionally. While at Troas, Paul did some preaching, then made his way to Macedonia. He and Titus finally met, most likely at Philippi (2 Cor. 7:5-6), and Titus gave Paul the good news that the majority at Corinth were behind him and would obey his word. It was this joy that prompted him to write this second letter to the Corinthians.


Note – Here we find our verse. Our encouragement as Christians, as Paul desired to encourage the Christians at Corinth.

  1. We Understand “Who” Our Comfort Is -v3
    Note – “Blessed be God”Note – The word “comfort” is used ten times in vv. 1-7 (“consolation” in 5, 6, and 7) and literally means “to call to one’s side.” It is the same word Jesus used in John 14:16 for the Spirit, the Comforter (Paraclete).

    1. The Father of Jesus Christ
      Ephesians 1:3
      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
    2. Father of Mercies
      Note – Father of mercies–that is, the SOURCE of all mercies

      James 1:17
      Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

      Hebrews 4:16
      Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Psalms 86:5
      For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

    3. The God of All Comfort
      Note – comfort–which flows from His “mercies” experienced.Like a true man of faith, Paul mentions “mercies” and “comfort,” before he proceeds to speak of afflictions (2Co_1:4-6).
      The “tribulation” of believers is not inconsistent with God’s mercy, and does not generate in them doubt about it; but in the end they feel that He is “the God of ALL comfort,” meaning, Who imparts the only true and perfect comfort in every instance 1 Peter 5:10
      But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

      Turn – Romans 15:13

      Note – All Three Persons of the Godhead are active in the Comforting Work!

     

    Each member of the blessed Trinity is a Comforter.
    1.    The Father (2 Cor. 1:3; Isa. 49:13)
    2.    The Son (Jn. 14:1; Isa. 61:2; 2 Thess. 2:16).
    3.    The Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7).


    The word for “comfort” comes from two Greek words, para (alongside) and kaleo (to call). Thus, to comfort a person is to answer his call and walk alongside him to cheer him, guide him, and, on occasion, to defend him.

    The Greek word was often used in a court of justice to denote a legal counsel for the defense, one who would plead another’s cause—advocate.

    Ill – Son going to a party in a blizzard…the Father just following him in the shadows.

  2. We Understand “What” His Comfort Does – v4

    1. He Comforteth us –
      Turn – Isa. 51:12John 14:16
      And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

      2 Corinthians 7:6
      Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

      Quote – D Martin Lloyd Jones – It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me.

    2. In all our Tribulation
      Note – in every circumstance
      (Physical fatigue, Spiritual, Mental distress)

      Romans 8:28
      And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Quote – We must never think that trouble is an accident. For the believer, everything is a divine appointment. There are only three possible outlooks a person can take when it comes to the trials of life. If our trials are the products of “fate” or “chance,” then our only recourse is to give up. Nobody can control fate or chance. If we have to control everything ourselves, then the situation is equally as hopeless. But if God is in control, and we trust Him, then we can overcome circumstances with His help.

      Quote – Charles Spurgeon –


      There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty hath ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.Hebrews 13:5
      Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

  3. We Understand the “Why” of His Comfort – v4-6
    1. That we may Comfort others – v4
      Note – The apostle lived, not only for himself, but also for others. Whatever comfort He experienced from the Lord, he considered it not for himself alone, but that he might have the greater ability to help others.Note – Don’t waste your trial!
      Note – the greater the trial, the greater the opportunity to minister.

      Note – Paul’s point is that our own sufferings enable us to identify with those who suffer—and enable them to identify with us. Then they will sense the reality of the comfort we have received from God and find their own comfort in Him.

      v6-7: Note – which is effectual–literally, “worketh effectually.”

      Note – Paul’s example would enable other Christians to endure when similar troubles faced them.

    2. That we may know Christ- v5
      Note – by ChristPhilippians 3:10
      That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

      1. We know Him in His sufferings
        Turn – 2 Cor. 4:10-11Note – sufferings of Christ
        The sufferings endured, whether by Himself, or by His children, with which He considers Himself identified
        Christ calls His people’s sufferings His own suffering:
        ~because of the sympathy and union between Him and us

        Romans 8:17
        And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

        ~They are borne for His sake

      2. We know Him through His Comfort
        Turn – 2 Thess. 2:16-17Note – There is a vast difference between sympathy and empathy. The first can only say, “I’m sorry for what you’re going through,” but the second may state, “I know exactly what you’re going through.” Thus, because our Lord Jesus suffered all things, he is able to offer all comfort.
        Turn – Heb. 4:15

Conclusion: Joe Scriven was a missionary from Ireland to Canada, working among the Iroquois Indians. He was joined by his fiancé who was also from Ireland. Just before the wedding, she was killed in an ice accident. Joe buried her with his own hands, and a broken heart. A year later, in a letter to his mother, he reflected, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged. Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

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