2 Corinthians 1:14

14 just as you did 1partially acknowledge us--that 2on the day of our Lord Jesus 3you will boast of us as 4we will boast of you.

2 Corinthians 1:14 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 1:14

As also you have acknowledged us in part
This may refer either to the thing known and acknowledged, namely, the integrity of the apostle's conversation, and others; which though they did not know thoroughly and perfectly, yet did in part, and that so far as that they might acquit them from the charge brought against them; or to the persons who knew this, as that there were some in the church of Corinth, a part of them, though not all, who knew and had acknowledged them to be upright and sincere ministers of the word, and had declared that they had reason to rejoice and bless God that ever they heard them: and

that we are your rejoicing:
or "glorying in", or "unto the day of the Lord Jesus": when he shall come to judge the world in righteousness, then they should before him, angels and men, rejoice and glory in this, that they had been blessed with such sincere and faithful ministers, who sought not any worldly advantage, but the glory of Christ, and the salvation of souls:

even as,
adds the apostle,

ye also are ours;
we do now, and so we shall then, rejoice and glory in this, that our labour among you was not in vain, but was blessed for your conversion and edification.

2 Corinthians 1:14 In-Context

12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and acknowledge and I hope you will fully acknowledge--
14 just as you did partially acknowledge us--that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.
15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace.
16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea.

Cross References 4

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 2:5
  • 2. See 1 Corinthians 1:8
  • 3. [2 Corinthians 5:12; 2 Corinthians 9:3]
  • 4. 1 Corinthians 9:15; Philippians 2:16; Philippians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20
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