Paul’s Corrective Letter to the Corinthian Church
2 Corinthians 2:1-4
(1) So I changed my travel plans because I did not want to make another painful visit to Corinth (as Paul did from Ephesus). (2) For if I cause you grief, who is left to make me happy but you whom I have grieved? (3) I wrote a corrective letter to you (a lost letter written from Ephesus), so that when I visit Corinth I would not suffer distress by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence that you would all share my joy. (4) For I wrote this corrective letter to you out of great pain and anguish of heart, and with many tears. I did not write this letter to grieve you but to let you know how deep my love is for you.
Paul Forgives His Main Critic in Corinth
2 Corinthians 2:5-11
(5) If anyone in Corinth has caused grief, he has not so much hurt me as he has grieved all of you (the whole church) to some degree—not to say it too severely. (6) The discipline that he has received from the majority of you is enough. (7) Now it is time to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overcome by excessive sorrow. (8) Therefore, I encourage you to reaffirm your love for him. (9) Another reason I wrote my corrective letter to you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. (10) Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in Christ’s presence for your sake, (11) so that Satan will not trick us. For we are not unaware of his deceptive schemes.
Paul in Troas
2 Corinthians 2:12-13 (Acts 20:1)
(12) After leaving Ephesus, I traveled to the city of Troas to proclaim the gospel (good news) of Christ. When I arrived, I discovered that the Lord had opened a wide door for my ministry, (13) but I still had no peace in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus there, as he had not yet come from Corinth. So I said goodbye to the Troas church and took a boat across the Aegean Sea to the Roman province of Macedonia (see Acts 20:1).
The Captives of Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
(14) But thanks be to God, because he always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. (15) For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (16) To those who are perishing, we are the aroma of death. And to those who are being saved, we are the aroma of life. Who is worthy of such a mission task? (17) Unlike so many people, we do not hustle God’s word to make money. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God’s presence with integrity, as those sent from God.