Here our apostle shuts up his epistle with a pathetical option and affectionate wish of all perfection, consolation, concord and communion, to his beloved Corinthians.-
Where note, 1. What a fervent and unfeigned love there is in all the faithful ministers of Christ to the people committed to their charge, and how desirous they are, when they are taking their leave of them, to leave God with them; The God of love and peace be with you. Now God's being with a people, implies and imports these things; namely, the heart of God with them, the help of God with them, and the presence of God with them, and that they shall shortly be with God.
Note, 2. What are the particular graces and blessings which the apostle wishes his beloved Corinthians: he doth not wish them earthly honours, worldly riches, sensual pleasures; but perfection of grace, spiritual consolation, mutual love, sweet communion with God, unanimity and concord amongst themselves: Sanctifying gifts and saving graces are the best legacies that can be left by the ministers of God unto their people.
Be perfect, be knit together: let the schisms and breaches which have been amongst you, be healed: Be of good comfort, rejoice in and under all your sufferings for Christ, and the profession of his holy religion.
Be of one mind, of the same judgment, if possible, in all things; or if otherwise, let no difference in judgment cause disunion in affection; if in some lesser things your heads be different, yet let your hearts be one.
Live in peace; for the Lord's sake, live no longer in division and strife, in contention and wrath; let me hear no more of those debates, envyings, backbitings, whisperings and swellings, which I have reproved you for; but especially, live in peace with your teachers and spiritual guides; cause not them to complain to God of you, nor to groan to God against you, for your factious prefering one minister before another; one crying, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos.
Thus doing, The God of peace and love shall be with you: That is, he who is the author and enjoiner of love and peace will be with you, and dwell among you with his gracious and favourable presence.