Paul is coming to the close of this letter to the Corinthians. He is going to return to them and see them. Paul wants to make sure that they are acting as Christians ought to act when he arrives. This concern is expressed in 2 Corinthians 12:20.
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish. (2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV)
Paul does not want to have to come to them and deal with these issues in the Corinthian church. He wants them to listen to this letter and make the corrections necessary so that they show themselves to be God’s people as they ought. In this paragraph the apostle Paul is going to instruct these Corinthians as well as us as to what should not be in the church. What needs to be removed from the church so that Paul can come to them and find them as they ought to be.
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