Snowballing Comfort and Joy
We are loved by the "God of all comfort" (2Cor.1:3). Notice how he blesses his people through his people by adding comfort to comfort and joy to joy.
God comforted Paul, through Titus, through the Corinthians (2Cor.7:6-7). The Corinthians comforted Titus, who in turn comforted Paul.
Paul was filled with joy, because Titus was filled with joy, because he was refreshed by the Corinthians (2Cor.7:13). The Corinthians refreshed Titus, who in turn refreshed Paul.
Such is God’s design. He blesses his people through his people. He fills his people with joy, and that joy overflows in a wealth of generosity for others (2Cor.8:2). He fills his people with zeal, and that spills over to stir up others with zeal (2Cor.9:2). Our comfort and joy and zeal are not for us alone. God graciously re-creates us in Jesus through faith in him and his gospel and sets us on a path of good works (Eph.2:8-10), which will comfort God’s people, which will cultivate gratitude to God (2Cor.9:11), which will make much of God. “...they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ...” (2Cor.9:13).
Comfort and joy from God > through his people > to his people > for his glory! “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Ro.11:36).
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