Final Warnings and Exhortations
1This is the third time I am coming to you.#2Co 12:14 Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.#13:1Dt 17:6; 19:15#Dt 17:6; 19:15 2I gave a warning when I was present the second time, and now I give a warning#Gl 5:21; 1Th 3:4 while I am absent to those who sinned before and to all the rest: If I come again, I will not be lenient, 3since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me.#Mt 10:20; 1Co 5:4 He is not weak in dealing with you, but powerful among you. 4For he was crucified#Mt 27:22; Php 2:7-8 in weakness, but he lives#Rm 14:9; Php 1:21; 1Pt 3:18 by the power of God. For we also are weak in him,#2Co 12:10 but in dealing with you we will live#Rm 6:4,8 with him by God’s power.
5Test#Jms 1:13 yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless you fail the test.#13:5 Or you are disqualified, or you are counterfeit 6And I hope you will recognize that we ourselves do not fail the test. 7But we pray to God that you do nothing wrong — not that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right,#1Pt 2:12 even though we may appear to fail. 8For we can’t do anything against the truth,#2Th 2:10 but only for the truth. 9We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong.#Ac 25:5 We also pray that you become fully mature.#13:9 Or become complete, or be restored 10This is why I am writing these things while absent, so that when I am there I may not have to deal harshly with you, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up#1Co 14:3 and not for tearing down.#2Co 10:4,8
11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice.#13:11 Or farewell Become mature, be encouraged,#13:11 Or listen to my appeal be of the same mind,#Rm 12:16; Php 1:7 be at peace,#Mk 9:50; Rm 16:20; 2Tm 1:2 and the God of love#1Jn 4:16 and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss.#Rm 16:16; 1Co 16:20; 1Th 5:26; 1Pt 5:14 All the saints send you greetings.
13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love#1Co 13:1; 1Jn 4:16 of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.#13:12-13 Some translations divide these two vv. into three vv. so that v. 13 begins with All the saints... and v. 14 begins with The grace of...#2Th 3:16