2 Corinthians 2 - Forgiveness & Victory

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 - Paul urges them to move from discipline of the sinner to forgiveness. "So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him." he writes in verse 8. In fact, he offers blanket forgiveness to anyone the church forgives as well. Why? Well, in verse 11 he says "so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs." Satan designs for the sinner to be shunned with no forgiveness. For if he is isolated, then Christ is defeated. Jesus came not to condemn, but to redeem. In fact, our condemnation was already complete but Jesus' coming unraveled it completely. So why then would we want to weave it back together for one of our own in sin?

2 Corinthians 2:14-17 - "But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession" What do you think of when you think of triumphal procession? A victory parade after a war? The confetti filled streets of NYC after World War II with overjoyed soldiers spontaneously grabbing nearby nurses for a dramatic dip and a smooch? The celebration of a com from behind victory in the championship game?

The victor does not march out meekly nor somberly. Stand in front of the tanks on parade to keep them from celebrating. If you had been in NYC, just try to stop those kisses. (Have you read of a report of any woman who resented being kissed that day?) Try to keep the athletes from jumping and screaming. In Christ, however, God always leads us triumphantly. Always. He is the victor, he has snatched us from the jaws of death, we are the spoils of war and He marches ahead of us in victory. The victory has already been had.

We must not forget this, we must fix our eyes and hearts on the victory that is the gospel, that has won us out of captivity. It is finished and we march triumphantly with Christ - always.

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