1 Corinthians 1:8,9 - This Happened That We Might Not Rely On Ourselves But On God!!!

1Cor.1:8, 9: This Happened That We Might Not Rely On Ourselves
But On God!!!

2 Cor 1:8 (KJV)  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant
of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out
of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of
2 Cor 1:9 (KJV)  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves,
that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the

2 Cor 1:8 (NIV)  We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,
about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under
great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired
even of life.
2 Cor 1:9 (NIV)  Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of
death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on
God, who raises the dead.

2 Cor 1:8 (NCV)  Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about
the trouble we suffered in Asia. We had great burdens there that
were beyond our own strength. We even gave up hope of living.
2 Cor 1:9 (NCV)  Truly, in our own hearts we believed we would
die. But this happened so we would not trust in ourselves but in God,
who raises people from the dead.

2 Cor 1:8 (CWR)  My brothers, I want to let you know about some
of the problems we've had in Asia Minor.  We've had to face such
hardships that our strength gave way and we wondered whether we'd make it
through alive.
2 Cor 1:9 (CWR)  We were so far gone, we felt certain we would
die, but this only made us lean more on God who can raise the dead if
he decides to.


The focus is on God's purpose of comfort, not the trouble
itself. [New Bible Companion]

A key principle of this letter. God's grace is all-sufficient,
and our weakness is precisely the opportunity for his power to be
displayed (cf. 12:9-10). [NIV SB]

God often brings his people into great straits, that they may
apprehend their own insufficiency to help themselves, and may be induced
to place their trust and hope in his all-sufficiency. Our extremity
is God's opportunity. (Matthew Henry's Commentary)

Paul's deliverance was
(1) a wonderful PROVIDENCE--who delivered us;
(2) a sure PROPHECY--and will deliver (ASV);
(3) a bright PROMISE--on whom we have set our hope that he will
also still deliver us (ASV). [Wycliffe Bible Commentary]

Paul and his companions felt doomed to die, and realized that
they could do nothing to help themselves--they simply had to trust in
God..... God is our source of power, and we receive his help by keeping
in touch with him. With this attitude, problems will drive us to
God rather than away from him. Learn how to rely on God daily. [Life
Application SB]

Paul knew a great deal about trouble. Being a follower of Christ
doesn't exempt a person from pressure, stress, and depression. Many
believers believe Christians should never be depressed. But here Paul -- a
champion of the early church -- was dealing with that very problem. In
the case of the apostle Paul, pressure came with the territory of
discipleship. He candidly wrote that the pressure was so great that at times,
he despaired of life itself (1:8). Evidently, he wondered if he
would even escape the vise-grip of opposition. No doubt you have marks
to prove that you've been there too. When you spend time in quiet
conversation with the Lord today, honestly admit the pressure and anxiety
currently consuming you from the inside out. Ask him to undergird you as
you chip away at situations you feel are beyond your ability.
Celebrate the promise Paul gave to his friends at the church in Philippi.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13
NKJV). (Life Application Commentary)


Many Christians are reluctant to acknowledge any connection
between God and suffering. Some see Satan as the only cause for the hard
times we all go through. Others blame every difficulty in this life on
the fact that we are members of a fallen creation whose rebellion
has inflicted suffering on the world.
I believe that these views are interrelated and that both are
true. Satan does cause suffering. Scripture describes him as a thief,
a liar, and a destroyer, and we are encouraged to learn to do
battle with him, wearing the whole armor of God (see Eph. 6:1-18)
It is also true that tremendous suffering has resulted from
humankind's choice to follow Satan into rebellion against God's way. The
world is reaping the natural consequences of man's fallen condition -
in the wars that rage among nations, in the breakdown of the
family, in the appalling spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
But I believe it is important for us Christians to know that
regardless of where suffering originates, God is now, has always been, and
always will be in control of His universe. Satan has not "pulled any
fast ones" on the King of kings and Lord of lords. Sinful mankind has
not managed to foil heaven's best intentions while some powerless
deity was catching a catnap! God is sovereign! He is God! Whatever
happens in His universe has happened with God's knowledge and
permission. And this includes suffering. by Claire Cloninger [Passages Of
Life SB]

"Why?" we wonder as we struggle to put the pieces back in a
broken relationship.
"Why?" we think as we read of a devastating earthquake halfway
around the world.
"Why?" we cry as we stand at the grave of a loved one.
Life is short and sometimes tragic, and each day we are reminded
of our finiteness. We don't know the future, we don't know the
relationship between events, and we certainly don't know why.
But we do know that God is good and all-knowing - nothing
catches him by surprise, not the car out of control, the malignant
tumor, the hurricane, or the disease. So even as we wonder and question
the reason and cause for each event, we can be confident that God
knows and that in everything, even the senseless tragedy, he is
working. (by Dave Veerman) [Inspirational SB]

God uses suffering to teach trust. God allows great suffering.
He allowed Paul, probably the greatest missionary of all time, to
experience terrible suffering time and again.... Why does God allow His dear
servant to go through such suffering, especially when he is such a great
servant, a servant who labors so faithfully for God? There are two
primary reasons.
1. Note that God is called the "God which raises the dead." The
one thing that man must learn is that he cannot save himself; he
cannot raise himself up from the dead. Only God can save man and raise
him up and give him eternal life. Suffering teaches man that he is
helpless to save himself. If he wishes to be saved, he must trust God.
Therefore, suffering teaches man that he is not self-sufficient. He must
have the presence and help of God if he wishes to conquer the
sufferings of this world--the sufferings that eventually end in the
suffering of death.
2. God allows suffering to teach a daily trust for deliverance.
Note: Paul says that God continued to deliver him through the trials
of life and that he continued to trust God to deliver him. The
point is that we must trust God daily, trust Him to deliver us from
daily sufferings.
"And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will
preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and
ever" (2 Tim. 4:18). [Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible]

It has been well said that "earthly cares are a heavenly
discipline." But they are even something better than discipline, - they are
God's chariots, sent to take the soul to its high places of triumph.
Everything that comes to us becomes a chariot the moment we
treat it as such; and on the other hand, even the smallest trials may
be a Juggernaut car to crush us into misery or despair if we so
consider them. It lies with each of us to choose which they shall be....
Look upon your chastenings then, no matter how grievous they may
be for the present, as God's chariots sent to carry your souls into
the "high places" of spiritual achievement and uplifting, and you
will find that they are, after all, "paved with love."
The Bible tells us that when God went forth for the salvation of
His people, then He "did ride upon His horses and chariots of
salvation." And it is the same now. Everything becomes a "chariot of
salvation" when God rides upon it. He maketh even the "clouds his chariot,"
we are told, and "rideth on the wings of the wind." Therefore the
clouds and storms that darken our skies and seem to shut out the
shining of the sun of righteousness are really only God's chariots, into
which we may mount with Him, and "ride prosperously" over all the
darkness. Hannah Whitall Smith [Time With God SB]

"LIFE IS DIFFICULT!" With these three words Scott Peck begins
his bestselling book The Road Less Traveled But in 2 Corinthians
Paul says this and more. Just where life is difficult, where our
relationships are strained, where our competence is questioned, where our
health and security are threatened God makes himself known in powerful
comfort. We discover that one of the supreme greatnesses of Christianity
is that it does not seek a supernatural escape from the
difficulties of life. Instead it offers a supernatural use for them. Troubles
become triumphs as God makes himself known in our weakness. [Quiet Time

Paul wrote that any amount of suffering is worth enduring, for
suffering makes God's people realize that God is the only One on whom they
can rely.... Depending on oneself ultimately leads to destruction,
because people cannot rescue themselves from death. If suffering in your
life produces nothing more than a fervent dependence on God and a
renewed prayer life, then in God's eyes the suffering may have been well
worth the pain. (Life Application Commentary)

Paul learned the lesson God had for him: he would not trust
himself, but God alone... We have come a long way in our Christian lives
when we learn to put faith in God alone and not in self,
circumstances, or men.... The believer who fears the Lord and
lives to please Him
enjoys peace and confidence even in the midst of trouble. What a lesson
to learn! [Wiersbe Expository Outlines]

Nothing but the most dangerous circumstances in which Paul was
constantly placed could ever have taught him, and thus the church through
him, the full meaning of the great promise of God he learned to
claim: "My grace is sufficient for you" (2 Cor. 12:9). And nothing but
the great trials and dangers we have experienced would ever have led
some of us to know Him as we do, to trust Him as we have, and to draw
from Him the great measure of His grace so indispensable during our
times of greatest need. [Streams In The Desert By Cowman]

All men have a strong tendency to trust in themselves, a
tendency that is most difficult to overcome. It took "the sentence of
death" and "a thorn in the flesh" before Paul overcame it. Israel's
experiences on the way from Egypt to Canaan were designed to teach Israel
this fundamental lesson. God often permits His people to experience
dire straits in order that they may come to realize their own
insufficiency and be induced to trust and hope in His sufficiency. Trials are
requisite to Christian experience (Acts 14:22). It is fundamental to man's
salvation that he learn to rely wholly upon Christ. Confidence in God is
an essential factor in day-by-day Christian living. It is often in
the fiery furnace that men learn to walk side by side with the Son
of God (see Dan. 3:25)... A sense of need is ever prerequisite to
receiving the gifts of Heaven [SDA Commentary]

The Arabs have a proverb, "All sunshine makes a desert."  The
danger of prosperity is that it encourages a false independence; it
makes us think that we are well able to handle life alone. For every
one prayer that rises to God in days of prosperity, ten thousand
rise in days of adversity. As Lincoln had it, "I have often been
driven to my knees in prayer because I had nowhere else to go." It is
often in misfortune that a man finds out who are his true friends, and
it often needs some time of adversity to show us how much we need
God. The outcome was that Paul had an unshakable confidence in God.
He knew now beyond all argument what he could do for him. If God
could bring him through that, he could bring him through anything. The
joyful cry of the Psalmist is, "Thou hast delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling." (Ps 116:8.) What
really converted John Bunyan was when he heard some old women sitting
in the sun "talking about what God had done for their souls." The
confidence of the Christian in God is not a thing of theory and
speculation; it is a thing of fact and experience.  He knows what God has
done for him and therefore he is not afraid. [Barclay Commentary]

All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in
him. He speaks peace to souls by granting the free remission of sins;
and he comforts them by the enlivening influences of the Holy
Spirit, and by the rich mercies of his grace. He is able to bind up the
broken-hearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and also to give hope and joy
under the heaviest sorrows. The favours God bestows on us, are not
only to make us cheerful, but also that we may be useful to others.
[Matthew Henry Commentary]


A sentiment which guided all Paul's ministry,
He preach'd as though he ne'er preach again,
As a dying man to dying men. by Baxter (Barnes' Notes)

We may have very little to give our friends; but, however little
of this world's goods we possess, we may give them the priceless
treasure of our prayers. [Barclay Commentary]