Wednesday, 23 September 2015
And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. 2 Corinthians 7:15
Because of his visit to the Corinthians and their response to that visit, Titus’ affections towards them grew in the most tender and heartfelt way. There was a true bond forged which included a deep and stirring attachment to them. The word for “affections” here is the same one that he used in verse 6:12 concerning the affections of the Corinthians towards Paul and his associates. Paul is showing that Titus was truly stirred in his love for them during their encounter.
After saying this, he gives the reason for it. Titus, probably sitting there with Paul and explaining all that occurred, surely related how he remembered “the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.” The term “fear and trembling” is a phrase Paul uses several times to convey the deepest sort of feelings. The exact same term is used by him in 1 Corinthians 2:3, Ephesians 6:5, and in Philippians 2:12. Instead of a belligerent attitude, Titus had been welcomed with respect, reverence, and a desire to correct the deficiencies that were highlighted by Paul.
Life application: When reading the Bible, certain phrases are often repeated. Paul’s words “fear and trembling” in this verse can be more fully understood and appreciated by comparing the same phrase elsewhere. Don’t be in a hurry to rush through your Bible studies, but instead take time to refer to other passages or phrases which can help you understand the meaning and intent of what is being relayed.
Heavenly Father, help me to be thorough in my Bible studies and to not rush through passages which are difficult. Instead, help me to think on why they are there and how they ultimately point to Christ. There is a reason for every word You have placed in Scripture and I desire to know and understand it all. Help me to be diligent in my pursuit of Your precious and superior word. Amen.