“Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and … I have many in this city who are my people" (v9-10). Facing much opposition in Corinth, Paul received an encouraging word from God. The angel’s message reminded Paul that he had both divine and human support. Paul met new colleagues, Priscilla and Aquila, in Corinth (v2), Silas and Timothy came to help (v5), and finally, Crispus, the synagogue leader, was baptized along with others (v8).
Paul thanked God for this great encouragement which changed his perspective. He was able to pass on to others “the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (II Cor 1:4).