Cleansing Body and Spirit
2 Corinthians 7:1
(1) Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises from God, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that pollutes our body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion out of reverent fear for God.
Paul’s Special Relationship With the Corinthian Church
2 Corinthians 7:2-4
(2) Make room for us in your hearts, because we have not wronged, corrupted, or taken advantage of anyone. (3) I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have a special place in our hearts, such that we would live or die with you. (4) I have spoken to you with frankness, because I have tremendous pride in you. I am greatly encouraged. I am overflowing with joy even in all of our troubles.
Titus’ Good Report
2 Corinthians 7:5-16
(5) For when we traveled to the Roman province of Macedonia (see Acts 20:1), we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside and fears from within. (6) But God, who comforts the discouraged, comforted us by the coming of Titus from Corinth (probably meeting up with Titus in Philippi), (7) and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you in Corinth had given him. He told us about your longing, deep sorrow, and wholehearted concern for me, so that my joy increased all the more.
(8) Even though I caused you sorrow by sending you my corrective letter from Ephesus, I do not regret sending it. Well, I did regret that my letter hurt you, but for only a short time. (9) For I now rejoice, not because my letter caused you sorrow, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not hurt in any way by us. (10) The sorrow of God produces repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but the world’s sorrow produces death. (11) For see what God’s sorrow has produced in you: what diligence, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. In everything you have proved yourselves innocent in this matter. (12) So even though I wrote you a corrective letter from Ephesus, it was not on account of the person who did the wrong nor for the sake of those who suffered wrong (injured party), but rather so you could see how faithful to us you are in the sight of God. (13) Therefore, by all this we are encouraged! In addition to our encouragement, we rejoiced all the more to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit was refreshed by all of you in Corinth. (14) For I boasted to Titus about you, and you haven’t embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. (15) And Titus’ affection for you is even greater when he remembers all your obedience, receiving him with fear and trembling. (16) I rejoice that I can have complete confidence in you.