Exegesis Of II Corinthians I, Part II

Paul starts the passing with a doxology: “praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. The full liturgical name ‘the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ are obviously revealed. The name is a focused confession, since it contains everything the Scriptures reveal regarding our Saviour-God.

The use of the term ‘and’ has a difficult translation in King James. God and the Father. In the researcher’s estimation, translating ‘kai’ as ‘and’ rather than ‘even’ is more appropriate it better suggests that Paul places similar weight or emphasis on both nouns it connects, ‘God’ and “Father”. God is specifically recognized as the ‘God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’, which reveals everything was Christocentric for Paul. Thus, the real way one knows and encounters God is through His Son, Jesus Christ, ‘our Lord’.

Only one article can be used in ‘the God and Father’. This is actually the regular way of joining ideas into a unity which means that the genitive ‘the Lord’ naturally belongs to the unity, to God as much as to Father. The use of ‘our’ demonstrates Paul’s solidarity with the cathedral under the Lordship of Christ.

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ are also ”the Father of mercies and God of all comfort’. The use of the phrase ‘the Father of mercies’ is deliberate. Particular guide was created to the utilization of the plural form of the word ‘mercy’. This is a reflection on thanking God for his immeasurable mercy.

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Paul had experienced that deep compassion of a father who provides mercy a completely new name and who enjoys a needy son and extends this mercy to him in the midst of his sufferings. Towards the Jewish people, the expression, ‘the father of’, means ‘originator of’. God is therefore viewed as the daddy of mercies because mercy originates from Him and can be guaranteed only from Him. Interestingly, God in His sophistication gives what’s not deserved and in His mercy will not give what’s deserved.

Furthermore, God is also referred to as ‘and God of most comfort’, the main one from whom all consolation proceeds. God’s mercy leads to his comfort being shown. The Greek term for comfort comes from two Latin words, which means ‘with strength’. The Greek term means ‘to come alongside and help’. Paul generally uses three phrases in his reference to God as the foundation of all comfort.

Just as elegance and peace result from ‘God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ’ (verse 2), so his comfort originates from the ‘Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of most comfort’. Paul intentionally uses the term ‘comfort’ several times in a few verses. Paul will need to have known he was repeating, but he didn’t care.

He wished that thought of God’s comfort to find yourself in his friends’ minds so they could not forget it, just like a tune played often. Paul uses the term as either a noun or verb no less than ten times in four sentences. He concentrated on the inevitable of suffering.