Observe here, How the apostle had formerly taken occasion to speak boastingly, and not without assurance, concerning the church of Corinth. "Now, says the apostle, whatever I said of you, is as infallibly and certainly true, as what I have heretofore either or spoken to you."- Happy is it when a minister's commendations of his people unto others, are not contradicted or gainsayed by the people themselves, but confirmed greatly.
Here, what St. Paul had boasted of the Corinthians, Titus found a truth.
Observe, next, With what inward affection Titus did embrace and receive the Corinthians, remembering with what great deference and regard they had received him; he is greatly affected towards you, upon his finding you so obedient to me. Nothing doth more endear a people to the ministers of Christ, than to find them obedient to their spiritual guides in things pertaining to godliness and religion: The affection of Titus is more abundant towards you, whilst he remebereth the obedience of you all.
Observe, lastly, What confidence the apostle had, that the church of Corinth would hearken to, and comply with his future admonitions, exhortations and reproofs: I have confidence in you in all things. It is a blessed thing when the ministers of the gospel and their beloved people have a mutual confidence in each other, and when that confidence on either side is not broken, but preserved and increased between them all their days; when, they can say of each other, as doth the apostle here, I rejoice that I have confidence in you in all things.