Coming with Authority
1This will be #2 Cor. 12:14the third time I am coming to you. #Num. 35:30; Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Matt. 18:16; John 8:17; Heb. 10:28“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” 2#2 Cor. 10:2I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those #2 Cor. 12:21who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again #2 Cor. 1:23; 10:11I will not spare— 3since you seek a proof of Christ #Matt. 10:20; (1 Cor. 5:4; 7:40)speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty #(1 Cor. 9:2)in you. 4#Phil. 2:7, 8; (1 Pet. 3:18)For though He was crucified in weakness, yet #(Rom. 1:4; 6:4; 1 Cor. 6:14)He lives by the power of God. For #(2 Cor. 10:3, 4)we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, #Rom. 8:10; (Gal. 4:19)that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are #1 Cor. 9:27disqualified. 6But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Paul Prefers Gentleness
7Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though #2 Cor. 6:9we may seem disqualified. 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9For we are glad #1 Cor. 4:10when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, #1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 13:11; Eph. 4:12; (1 Thess. 3:10)that you may be made complete. 10#1 Cor. 4:21Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the #1 Cor. 5:4; 2 Cor. 10:8authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Greetings and Benediction
11Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. #Rom. 12:16, 18Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love #Rom. 15:33; Eph. 6:23and peace will be with you.
12#Rom. 16:16Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13All the saints greet you.
14#Rom. 16:24The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and #Phil. 2:1the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.