Share the Comfort September 18
II Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Apostle Paul knew how to encourage his followers because he knew who God is, our comforter. Paul was the ultimate wordsmith. I think that he was probably one of the most intelligent men that ever lived.
Notice how he proceeds with this statement by invoking a blessing towards God, then he announces Who God is: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Notice how the priests who translated this scripture placed a semicolon instead of a period or a comma. Semicolon provides a break in the flow, almost like the word in Hebrew: Selah (pause and think about that.) It clarifies, and then it joins the two thoughts together in connecting ideas, and both concepts have to be a complete sentence.
When we’re in Christ Jesus, you cannot separate God from our tribulations, His Mercies, and His comfort. Knowing that Christ Jesus symbolically would be the ultimate use of a semicolon, connecting us with God, enabling us to comfort others in their time of need.
Now you know why you have gone through tribulations. It’s so that you can comfort others with the knowledge of the comfort you have received in the past.
He is: Theos Pas Paraklesis
The God of All Comfort