He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.” (2 Corinthians 1:10, ESV)

Paul doesn’t tell us exactly which deadly peril he is referring to here.  It could have been any number of difficulties, because we know that he faced dangers from illness and disease, from wild animals and bandits as he traveled between villages, from being shipwrecked and spending “a night and day in the deep,” etc.

What the deadly danger was is not the important thing here anyway.  The crucial point that Paul makes is that his confidence and hope are set on God.  God had delivered him before and God will deliver him/us again.  I don’t think it mattered at all to Paul whether deliverance meant “saved from death” or “saved in death to eternal fellowship with God in Christ.”  He saw the latter as gain, and he understood the former as just another opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ and him crucified and risen.

All of this reminds me of this hymn:

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ the solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand!

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