This is going to be short but thought provoking. As we have seen all along the context of this letter is dealing with a man who sinned and the fall out from it. This statement by Paul makes that all the more clear. His statement also does something else. It opens to our view the motive for writing the letter. The content and counsel surrounds the man who sinned, was sorry, and was not exactly being forgiven in the fullest sense. That's the context and content but the motive says Paul is entirely different. He wrote to them to reveal his care and concern for them. He wanted them to know he was following their story, knew of their struggles, and was concerned about how it was affecting them. In simple terms he loved them and he wanted them to know it.
Is it possible, is it within the realm of conceivable that this opens to us a much greater truth? Replace Paul with God. Replace Corinth with planet earth. Replace the letter with Jesus, the Word of God. What if Jesus was sent not so much to deal with men who have been wronged or done wrong, but rather to reveal God's love and concern for us? Is that possible?
Don't get me wrong, it's not one or the other but both. Paul did write to address the situation with the man but by his own admission it wasn't his primary motive. Could it be that dealing with sin was not the primary reason Jesus came?!
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Jesus. God's love letter to us...