* The grace.
Nu 6:23-27 Mt 28:19 Joh 1:16,17 Ro 1:7 16:20,24 1Co 16:23
* the love.
Ro 5:5 8:39 Eph 6:23 1Jo 3:16 Jude 1:21
* the communion.
Joh 4:10,14 7:38 14:15-17 Ro 8:9,14-17 1Co 3:16 6:19 12:13
Ga 5:22 Eph 2:18,22 5:9 Php 2:1 1Jo 1:3 3:24
Mt 6:13 28:20 Ro 16:20,27 1Co 14:16
CONCLUDING REMARKS ON THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS.
The most remarkable circumstance in this Epistle, observes Mr.
Scott, is the confidence of the Apostle in the goodness of his
cause, and in the power of God to bear him out in it. Opposed
as he then was by a powerful and sagacious party, whose
authority, reputation, and interest were deeply concerned, and
who were ready to seize on every thing that could discredit him,
it is wonderful to hear him so firmly insist upon his
apostolical authority, and so unreservedly appeal to the
miraculous power which he has exercised and conferred at
Corinth. So far from shrinking from the contest, as afraid of
some discovery being made, unfavourable to him and the common
cause, he, with great modesty and meekness indeed, but with
equal boldness and decision, expressly declares that his
opposers and despisers were the ministers of Satan, and menaces
them with miraculous judgments, when as many of their deluded
hearers had been brought to repentance and re-established in the
faith, as proper means could in a reasonable time effect. It is
inconceivable that a stronger internal testimony, not only of
integrity, but of divine inspiration, can exist. Had there been
any thing of imposture among the Christians, it was next to
impossible but such a conduct must have occasioned a disclosure
of it. Of the effects produced by this latter epistle we have
no circumstantial account; for the journey which St. Paul took
to Corinth, after he had written it, is mentioned by St. Luke
only in a few words, (Ac 20:2, 3.) We know, however, that St.
Paul was there after he had written this Epistle; that the
contributions for the poor brethren at Jerusalem were brought to
him from different parts to that city (Ro 15:26;) and that,
after remaining there several months, he sent salutations from
some of the principal members of that church, by whom he must
have been greatly respected, to the church of Rome (Ro 16:22,
23.) From this time we hear no more of the false teacher and
his party; and when Clement of Rome wrote his epistle to the
Corinthians, St. Paul was considered by them as a divine
apostle, to whose authority he might appeal without fear of
contradiction. The false teacher, therefore, must either have
been silenced by St. Paul, by virtue of his apostolical powers,
and by an act of severity which he had threatened, (2; Co 13:2,
3;) or this adversary of the apostle had, at that time,
voluntarily quitted the place. Whichever was the cause, the
effect produced must operate as a confirmation of our faith, and
as a proof of St. Paul's divine mission.