2 Corinthians 13:11-13 July 21, 2020

Pastor Bruce Hedgepeth

2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Benediction 

Paul's farewell and benediction at the end of this second letter to the Corinthian church, where he spent a year and a half at the end of the second missionary journey.

Letter ends with what I learned as the "Apostolic Benediction" in seminary: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."

Two preceding verses interest me in that the final benediction might bring what comes before to mind as well. He says "farewell, put things in order, agree with one another, live in peace."

Wonder if that "farewell" word is just a goodbye or is it future-looking?

Also interesting Paul's admonition to "put things in order" - for travel, a move, some other big change?

Agreeing with each other is also enigmatic about what?

Live in peace seems to go with it. More to this benediction than is obvious initially.

  August 2020  
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