Paul's Longing to See Them Again
But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time i in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire.
Therefore we wanted to come to you - even I, Paul, time and again - but j Satan hindered us.
For k what is our hope, or joy, or l crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ n at His coming?
For you are our glory and joy.
Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone,
and sent a Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
b that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that c we are appointed to this.
d For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.
For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, e lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and f our labor might be in vain.
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1 Corinthians 5:3
For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.
For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.
2 Corinthians 1:14
(as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.
1 Corinthians 15:23
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you.
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
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But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
1 Corinthians 7:5
Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.