2 Corinthians 13:2–3: I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare—since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.


Paul’s second visit to Corinth had been a humbling experience, not only because of the offense against him but because many in the church were living contrary to the will of God (12:21). Paul had warned them about the consequences of sin then and he did so again in this letter. Following Jesus’ application of Deuteronomy 19:15 to errant brethren (Matt. 18:16), Paul promised discipline for the unrepentant. The proof of his apostolic authority which they wanted would be given but in terms they would be wise to avoid. Though Paul was weak, Christ whom he served was not. 1

Personal Application

  • Read 2 Corinthians 2:10-11. What is the link between your ability to forgive, and Satan’s attack against you?

Godly Encouragement

  • For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. –2 Corinthians 10:4

A Biblical Thought to Share with Others

It is wise to depend upon His strength, and not your own. – TWEET IT

A Prayer to Consider

Lord, may I find all the strength I need today from You alone.


1. Walvoord, John F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.

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