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2 Korinterne 1

Indledende hilsen

1Dette brev er fra Paulus, som efter Guds vilje er apostel i tjenesten for Jesus Kristus. Jeg og min medarbejder, Timoteus, sender mange hilsener til jer, som hører til menigheden i Korinth, samt til alle de andre kristne i Akaja. Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud, vores Far, og Herren Jesus Kristus.

Lovprisning til den barmhjertige Gud, der redder os ud af trængslerne

Vi takker og priser Gud, som er Far til vores Herre, Jesus Kristus. Han er en barmhjertig Gud, der opmuntrer os på alle måder. Han trøster og styrker os i alle vores trængsler, så vi kan videregive hans trøst og styrke til andre, der har det svært. Det er jo sådan, at jo mere vi lider for Kristus, des mere giver han os af sin trøst og opmuntring. Når vi bliver udsat for trængsler, kommer det faktisk jer til gode! Når vi er kommet styrket igennem lidelserne, kan vi nemlig opmuntre jer til at udholde tilsvarende lidelser. Vi har fuld tillid til, at I vil komme styrket igennem, for vi er overbeviste om, at når I står over for sådanne lidelser, vil I få den samme trøst og hjælp, som vi har fået.

Vi kan godt fortælle jer, venner, at de trængsler, vi var udsat for i provinsen Asien, var så overvældende, at vi næsten ikke kunne holde det ud. Vi havde opgivet alt håb om at slippe levende fra det. Vi regnede os faktisk allerede for døde, for at vi ikke skulle tro, at vi havde nogen chance for at redde os selv. Det var kun Gud, der kunne hjælpe os, han, som endog formår at give nyt liv til de døde. 10 Og han greb ind! Han reddede os fra den visse død, og vi har tillid til, at det vil han fortsat gøre, 11 når I står sammen med os i bøn. Når Gud så i sin nåde redder os, vil mange mennesker lovprise ham, netop fordi så mange har bedt for os.

Paulus forsvarer sin integritet

12 Vi kan med god samvittighed sige, at vores handlemåde i almindelighed og især over for jer ved Guds hjælp har været uangribelig og redelig. Det skyldes ikke verdslig visdom, men Guds nåde. 13-14 Derfor er jeg også åben og oprigtig over for jer i mine breve. Der står ikke noget mellem linierne. Lige nu forstår I os måske ikke helt, men det er jeg sikker på, at I kommer til. På den dag, da Herren Jesus afsiger sin dom, vil I sætte pris på, hvad vi har gjort for jer, ligesom vi vil glæde os over, hvor langt I er kommet.

Gud opfylder altid sine løfter

15-16 Da jeg var sikker på jeres forståelse og tillid, havde jeg oprindeligt regnet med at gøre ophold hos jer både på min rejse videre til Makedonien og på tilbagevejen, for at jeg kunne blive til dobbelt velsignelse for jer. Derefter kunne I så hjælpe mig videre til Judæa. 17 Når jeg ikke fulgte min plan, betyder det så, at jeg ikke er til at stole på? Er jeg måske som de mennesker, der siger ja, selvom de mener nej? 18 Slet ikke! Jeg mener, hvad jeg siger, og Gud er trofast, han vil hjælpe mig til at opfylde mit løfte om at besøge jer. 19 Jesus Kristus, Guds Søn, som Timoteus, Silvanus og jeg har forkyndt for jer, sagde jo heller ikke ja til noget uden at gøre det. Og gennem Jesus har Gud sagt sit ja til verden, 20 for alt, hvad Gud har lovet, bliver opfyldt gennem Jesus.

Derfor har vi også sagt ja til Gud, og nu lever vi til hans ære. 21 Det er jo ham, der har udrustet os med sin Ånd, og det er ham, der arbejder på at grundfæste både jer og os i Kristus. 22 Han har givet os Helligånden i vores hjerter som en forsmag på den herlighed, der venter os, og som et tegn på, at vi tilhører ham.

Grunden til det aflyste besøg

23 Jeg bedyrer højt og helligt og med Gud som vidne, at det var for at skåne jer, at jeg ikke besøgte jer på det planlagte tidspunkt. 24 Vi er jo ikke herrer over jeres tro, men medarbejdere på jeres glæde. Det viste sig jo også, at I stod fast i troen.

The Message

2 Corinthians 1

11-2 I, Paul, have been sent on a special mission by the Messiah, Jesus, planned by God himself. I write this to God’s congregation in Corinth, and to believers all over Achaia province. May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours! Timothy, someone you know and trust, joins me in this greeting.

The Rescue

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.

8-11 We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part.

12-14 Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn’t by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised. Don’t try to read between the lines or look for hidden meanings in this letter. We’re writing plain, unembellished truth, hoping that you’ll now see the whole picture as well as you’ve seen some of the details. We want you to be as proud of us as we are of you when we stand together before our Master Jesus.

15-16 Confident of your welcome, I had originally planned two great visits with you—coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip. Then we could have had a bon-voyage party as you sent me off to Judea. That was the plan.

17-19 Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a careless yes canceled by an indifferent no. How could it be? When Silas and Timothy and I proclaimed the Son of God among you, did you pick up on any yes-and-no, on-again, off-again waffling? Wasn’t it a clean, strong Yes?

20-22 Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.

23 Now, are you ready for the real reason I didn’t visit you in Corinth? As God is my witness, the only reason I didn’t come was to spare you pain. I was being considerate of you, not indifferent, not manipulative.

24 We’re not in charge of how you live out the faith, looking over your shoulders, suspiciously critical. We’re partners, working alongside you, joyfully expectant. I know that you stand by your own faith, not by ours.