1 # See ch. 12:14 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established #Cited from Deut. 19:15; See Num. 35:30by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2#ch. 10:2 I warned #ch. 12:21 those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that #ver. 10; See 1 Cor. 4:21if I come again I will not spare them— 3since you seek proof that Christ #See Matt. 10:20; 1 Cor. 5:4 is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but #ch. 10:4is powerful among you. 4For #[Phil. 2:7, 8; 1 Pet. 3:18] he was crucified in weakness, but #See Rom. 1:4; 6:4 lives by the power of God. For #[ch. 12:10] we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you #See Rom. 6:8we will live with him by the power of God.
5Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. #[1 Cor. 11:28; Gal. 6:4] Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that #Rom. 8:10; Gal. 4:19Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9For we are glad when #1 Cor. 4:10; [ch. 4:12; 12:5, 9, 10] we are weak and you are strong. Your #Eph. 4:12; 1 Thess. 3:10; [ver. 11]restoration is what we pray for. 10For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come #[ch. 2:3] I may not have to be #Titus 1:13 severe in my use of #ch. 10:8the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
11Finally, brothers,#13:11 Or brothers and sisters rejoice. #See Luke 6:40 Aim for restoration, comfort one another,#13:11 Or listen to my appeal #See Rom. 12:16 agree with one another, #See Mark 9:50 live in peace; and the God of love and #See Rom. 15:33peace will be with you. 12#See Rom. 16:16Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13#Phil. 4:22All the saints greet you.
Rom. 16:20 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and #Jude 21 the love of God and #Phil. 2:1the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.