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2 Corinthians 1:3-11

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

1. Apostle Paul faced hardships (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)

(a) Ailment, persecution, or emotional distress?
(b) Under great pressure, far beyond his ability to endure, so that he despaired even his life (verse 8)—to be at loss psychologically
(c) Lost hope of living (verse 9)—sentence of death
(d) Misunderstood (1:12-2:4)
(e) Hurt by an individual (2:5-11)
(f) Harassed (cf. 7:5)
(g) His Apostolic authority was questioned (10:1-13:14)

2. When Apostle Paul was hurt, he looks to God (verse 9)

(a) “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead”
(b) “He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us”

3. Humans do what they are capable of doing—hurt others

4. Believers expect humans to behave differently; consequently they “remain hurt”

5. Paul teaches how God alone is the Savior in any situation (verse 10)

(a) Hurts happen when expectations are placed on humans and materials
(b) Paul says, “On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us”

6. Take Away (who is our Saviour?)

Look only to God for all your needs and have Him as the only Savior