William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 7:8 - 7:8

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William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 7:8 - 7:8

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As if the apostle had said, Although in my former epistle I wrote somewhat sharply to you, by reason of the many abuses that were crept in amongst you; I do not now repent of that severity, because it produced a thorough and effectual reformation: Though at first I did repent of it, being unwilling to put you to grief; for I was troubled myself, because your sorrow was a godly sorrow, and wrought repentance, which is so necessary to forgiveness; so that my plain-dealing with you has evidently been no damage, but an advantage to you.

Learn hence, That the faithful ministers of Christ must by no means omit the duty of sharp reproof, nor neglect to bring the censures of the church upon notorious offenders, how ungrateful soever the work is either to themselves or others.

Learn, 2. That there is good ground to hope, that when the censures of the church are duly executed, they will have their desired effects, by bringing the offenders to repentance; and by repentance to remission and salvation: I rejoice, that ye sorrowed to repentance, for ye sorrowed after a godly sort.