2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

Today we study the 150th chapter in our journey across the Bible and the start of the 2nd letter from Paul to the Corinthian church. Paul gets right to it again and I struggled with what to write on as there is so much meat in this one chapter alone. What struck me was the description of God that Paul used and I dwelt on it for long. He refers to God as the father of Jesus, the father of compassion and the God of comfort. We know that God is the father of Jesus Christ but what is the relevance to calling God the father of compassion and God of comfort? Also, why should we receive the sufferings of Christ?

In the Old Testament, there are references to God as the God of Abraham, Jacob, etc. and these denote God’s covenant-relation to them and their seed. God of Jesus was the covenant-relation to the Mediator and his spiritual seed. God of comfort is used because God is quintessentially the God of tender mercies and he delights in showing mercy (Mic. 7:18). If we like the apostles don’t undergo tribulations, what joy are we to share with those who don’t know Christ and the joy of life everlasting with Him in Heaven? Sufferings abound in our lives when we serve Jesus Christ and with that we receive the comfort of God’s mercies when we glorify Him. Through our sufferings we can speak joyfully of God’s goodness and mercies and share what God has done for our souls.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

2 Cor. 1:21,22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Awesome Message Vineet,
    Our God is truly a God of comfort and mercy, yet so many who truly don’t know Him are so eager to label Him otherwise. The Author of Grace could be no less than a merciful God. Thanks for pointing this out.
    God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim
      To understand God many lifetimes of study would not be enough but I praise God that we see him clearer everyday even though only by just a fraction more. God so awesome and merciful and for that I am grateful. Blessings to you and your loved one and thank you for your encouragement.
      Vineet

  2. Vineet,

    I looked at the last scripture verse your quoted. It reminds me of my engagement day…of course, it was a surprise…a guarantee of the things to come. Yes, a great and blessed marriage. And this is what God has done with us, His children. In Christ, He became our father…of all comfort and compassion and mercy…a guarantee of good things to come…in this life and in eternity. He is always comforting…and wants us to comfort others as well in their suffering and pain.

    Thank you for pointing us to the Father. God bless you, my brother.

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      Thank you for taking time to comment. It is pure joy for me to point others to the one who gave me a new name and called me his very own! I praise God that I have you in my family too and pray His blessings upon you and your loved ones.
      Vineet

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