2Corinthians 2:8-11 Wherefore I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
‘I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him’ Paul pleads to them to forgive him and confirm their love to him, regardless of the reproach he had brought upon the gospel.
‘To this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.’ I wrote to know whether you have obeyed in all things.
‘I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ.’ I forgive whom you forgive. We must all forgive for the sake of all concerned and do so because Christ has forgiven (Eph. 4:32; Matt. 18:21-35). We must also do this lest satan take the advantage (2:11; Jas. 4:7; 1Pet. 5:8-9).
‘Devices’ [Greek: noema] thought (10:5); devices (2:11); and minds (3:14; 4:4; 11:3; Php. 4:7). It includes the idea of purpose and design. The devil will take advantage of every failure of the Christian using it to get into his life and cause his downfall (1Cor. 10:13; 1Pet. 5:8-9; Eph. 6:10-18). In this case, satan could lead the despairing one into apostasy and hell, or the congregation into undue severity and hardness of heart toward guilty members, working untold harm to the cause of Christ.
‘For we are not ignorant of his devices’ the following works of satan is noted for our information: sin-rebellion (Gen. 3:1; 2Cor. 11:3); works of darkness, including moral sedition and sexual perversion (Eph. 5:11; 6:12; Acts 16:18; Rom. 1); works of wickedness (Col. 1:21); spiritual blindness (2Cor. 4:4); stealing the Word of God (Matt. 13:19); deceptions and false religions (2Cor. 11:14; 1Tim. 4; Rev. 12:9); to kill and destroy (John 10:10); sowing tares, tempting, and sifting saints (Matt. 4:3; 13:25; Luke 22:31); promoting counterfeit worship and miracles (2Thes. 2:8-12; 1Cor. 10:20); causing storms (Job 1:18-19; Eph. 2:2); ruling nations (Matt. 4:8-9; Dan. 10); executing death (Heb. 2:14-15); accusing the brethren (Rev. 12:10); hindering prayers (Dan. 10:12-21); opposing the gospel (Eph. 6:1-18); supervising demons (John 12:31), fallen angels (Rev. 12:7-12), and fallen man (Eph. 2:2; 1Jn. 3:8; John 8:44); causing sickness and disease (Matt. 4:23-24; 9:32-33; 15:22; Acts 10:38); causing infirmities (Matt. 8:17; Luke 13:16; John 10:10; Acts 10:38); causing lunacy and mania (Matt. 4:23-24; 17:14-21; Mark 5:1-18); urging suicides (Matt. 17:15; John 10:10); agitating lusts (John 8:44; Eph. 2:1-3); lying and false prophecy (1Kin. 22; Matt. 24:11, 24; 2Cor. 11:13-15); propagating false doctrines (1Tim. 4; 2Tim. 4; 2Thes. 2; Rev. 13); oppressing men (Acts 10:38); persecuting Christians and warring on saints (Eph. 6:10-18; 1Pet. 5:8-9). Christ died to destroy and cancel all these works of the devil for believers in this age, and to give complete mastery over them (Col. 2:14-17; 1Pet. 2:24; Luke 10:19; John 14:12; Mark 16:17-18). The only works listed above that will not be put down in this age are: all sin and rebellion among men; satan’s rule of the nations; the reign of death; and the continued opposition of satan to saints. These will be done away in the Millennium (Eph. 1:10; 1Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 21:1-8; 22:3).