2Co 1:19-24 “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.”
Paul intended to leave no doubt as to who deserved the credit for his purpose and steadfastness in word and deed. We should be looking only to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the source of our strength and determination. It should fill us with thanksgiving that He is preached among us.
The word translated as preached carries the idea of “a public crier.” We have either read or seen in the movies the practice of someone walking through town and calling aloud news of public interest. Paul was reminding us that the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been hidden in a corner. God has called men throughout the years to cry aloud the good news of salvation by grace.
There is nothing speculative or uncertain about the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ is only “yea.” That is not to be read as though He is going to say “yes” to every whim. It does tell us that He is going to positively do everything that His Father purposed for Him to accomplish. God’s promises all rest in Jesus Christ, and there is no doubt about the outcome.
The promises of God are certain (yea) in Jesus Christ, and in Him they are Amen (meaning “so be it”). God has made it so to His glory (to be very apparent). He has been pleased to make it very apparent by us. What a great blessing it is to be used by God to make Him very apparent to those around us!
It is a wonderful thing to be steadfast in the way of the Lord. We need to realize that we have a unity with each other in that we are established (made steadfast) by God. Whether we preach the gospel, minister to His saints, are gifted with song or prayer, or whatever gift He gives us, He has established us together to His praise. God establishes us in Christ and sets us apart (anoints) to live to His glory.
God has marked (sealed) us as belonging to Him. We are not our own, but we are bought with the price of Jesus’ blood. In advance of our full possession of eternal glory, God has given us the Holy Spirit. This is our assurance that all the promises of God are indeed yea and amen in Jesus Christ. He has sealed us and given us this earnest in our hearts where no man can corrupt it.
Paul had a great love for the church at Corinth because of the work that God had wrought both in him and in them. He indicates that his inability to come to them as he has originally intended worked out for the best. There were things going on there that Paul did not want to have to deal with in a harsh manner. He did not intend to come to them as someone who had dominion, but rather as one who desired to help and encourage them in the joy of their faith.
May God help us to see that even in admonition and rebuke, we are helpers of one another’s joy by faith in Jesus Christ!