2 Corinthians 2:12

Ministers of the New Covenant

12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,

2 Corinthians 2:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
ESV
12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord,
NLT
12 When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.
MSG
12 When I arrived in Troas to proclaim the Message of the Messiah, I found the place wide open: God had opened the door; all I had to do was walk through it.
CSB
12 When I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, a door was opened to me by the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:12 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 2:12

Furthermore, when I came to Troas
The apostle proceeds, in this latter part of the chapter, to take notice of and remove the charge of ostentation and insincerity in preaching the Gospel, and hints at other reasons of his not coming to Corinth; particularly that he took a journey to Troas, expecting to meet with Titus there, who was to give him an account of the affairs of the church at Corinth, which he was desirous of knowing before he went thither; but missing of Titus, is uneasy, and goes for Macedonia; though he was first detained awhile at Troas, having a good opportunity of preaching the Gospel there, with a prospect of success. Troas was a city of the lesser Asia near the Hellespont, formerly called Troy; of Paul's being at this place more than once, see ( 2 Timothy 4:13 ) ( Acts 16:7 Acts 16:8 ) ( 20:6 ) , and of this place (See Gill on Acts 16:8), and of the church there, (See Gill on Acts 20:7). Hither he came,

to preach Christ's Gospel;
that Gospel, of which Christ is both the author and subject; and is no other than the good news and glad tidings of peace, pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation, by a crucified Jesus; this was his work and business; his heart was in it, he took delight in this service, and it was what he pursued in every place wherever he came; and in this place he had much encouragement; for he adds,

and a door was opened unto me of the Lord;
such an one as was opened to him at Ephesus, ( 1 Corinthians 16:9 ) ; he had a good opportunity of preaching the Gospel to many souls, many were inclined to attend his ministry, from whence he conceived great hopes of doing good; a door of utterance was given to him to preach the Gospel boldly and freely, and a door of entrance for the Gospel to pass into their hearts: all which was not of men, "but of the Lord"; who has the key of David, who opens and no man shuts, shuts and no man opens.

2 Corinthians 2:12 In-Context

10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,
11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,
13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Acts 16:8
  • 2. S Romans 1:1; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4; 2 Corinthians 8:18; 2 Corinthians 9:13; 1 Thessalonians 3:2
  • 3. S Acts 14:27