New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:7 comfort him. Paul had rebuked the Corinthians for condoning the sin of incest in their midst, commanding them to put the one guilty of the sin out of the church (I Corinthians 5:7). The discipline had brought him to repentance, so now Paul urges forgiveness and restoration to fellowship.
2:11 advantage of us. Satan can defeat a Christian (or a congregation) either through that Christian condoning sin or his refusal to forgive a repentant sinner.
2:16 savour. The “savour” of the burnt offerings, when offered in sincere repentance and faith, was described as a sweet-smelling savour to God (e.g., Genesis 8:21; Leviticus 1:9; Ephesians 5:2). The surrendered life and witness of a Christian (Romans 12:1) is likewise pleasing to God and will be used to bring others also to spiritual life in Christ. Those who reject its message, on the other hand, will be hardened yet further by that rejection. The message of Christ is both unto the fall of many and the rising of many (Luke 2:34). The preaching and living of God’s truth is never in vain, and its results bear eternal consequences, one way or the other.
2:16 sufficient. Not even Paul would claim sufficiency in himself for the awesome responsibility of conveying a message of such eternal import. It is infinitely important that the Christian witness expound and preach God’s Word truthfully and faithfully; God will take care of the results.
2:17 as many. Even in Paul’s day, there already were many false prophets and false teachers, who were corrupting the sincere teaching of God’s Word with various elements of paganism. One of Paul’s main purposes in writing this epistle was to warn against these compromising teachers.