A review always helps. It puts details in context. When I give my students a summary of the previous two hours of class I put it in context and remind them of the primary lesson. This review helps them remember, process and make decisions that adjust their belief system.
Emphasis on what is important is also the end result of a review. I took a Texas state examine under the tutelage of state certified instructors. Before they administered the examination for me to prove that I had learned my lessons, they reviewed the materials of the previous three-hour lecture.
In a brief time of 30 minutes they highlighted the key points of what they wanted us as a class to remember. Unique in that class of 50 students over half of us were teachers. We understand that a summary reviews points to the emphases that would certainly be on the test. They were. The review helped us pass the test.
In a similar way, the Apostle Paul is reviewing what He has taught the Corinthian believers in his previous visits. There are two letters in the New Testament that were written to the believers at Corinth. In this second letter of Paul’s writings the apostle reviews how harsh his visit was.
They needed to address the problems of people by confronting their sins. There should be swift and firm action. But, care should be made in correcting the sins of others. One accuser is never sufficient for those in a decision-making role.
Paul had personally visited the Corinthians on at least two occasions. He taught, advised and admonished these believers in person. Whether in person or by the written word, Paul wanted to make progress and correct those in error. Even if it was necessary to be firm, Paul knew that his representation of Christ could never be accurate by being lenient.
The intention of the Apostle was not to demonstrate his own power but the power of the presence of Christ. Humanly, we are all attracted to strength. Jesus is not just a good feeling but a real presence, a presence that is powerful.
Our Lord demonstrated his human weakness when He died on the cross. As a man He could be put to death and He did so willingly. In contrast, however, He is divine, possessing amazing power as the Father demonstrated in Christ’s Resurrection.
2 corinthians 13.1-4