We have finally come to my favorite of the epistles, quite possibly my favorite book of the Bible, 2nd Corinthians, in the Bible in Lent reading plan.
I thought that it would be easy to write about this book. I had a few passages in mind even before I had re-read it. But I’ve been sitting at my computer for almost an hour now procrastinating because quite frankly, I feel like a child trying to remember their favorite part of something they loved.
I’ve written about my favorite passage, the one I have literally engraved into my body before so I wanted to write about something else.
As I’ve been flipping through 2nd Corinthians again, noting the passages I’ve underlined, I realized that there is so much here that I believe, but know I don’t totally understand. I need to sit and ponder these words.
There are many passages in this book that lead me into deeper wonder, that calls me to marvel at the grace and love of God.
Here are a few of them for you to ponder with me today as well:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 RSVCE
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why we utter the Amen through him, to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 1:20 RSVCE
We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 RSVCE
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 RSVCE
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body. – 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 RSVCE
Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 RSVCE
As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting; for you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. – 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 RSVCE
A thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 RSVCE
I hope you can take some time today to truly ponder these words. Let yourself be caught up in mystery, in the things too wonderful to be true that we know are true.
Resolve again today, these last few days of Lent, to dedicate yourself to the one who purchased the beautiful reconciliation that made this new life, this new creation in Him, possible.