This is a Blog for those interested in following hard after His heart. Those willing to strive to live a moment by moment life as we go through the transformation process with Him. It is not an easy life but the Father expects each of us to become an offering for His pleasure. So, if this is you, then let’s journey together hand in hand. I am humbled that you have chosen to walk with me. Thanks!
Social Media Buttons - Click to Share this Page
10 December, 2015
Search The Scriptures — Study 0—2nd Corinthians Introduction
Study 0 From 2Corinthians is: The Introduction
This letter was written from Macedonia (2:13;
7:5; 8:1; 9:2-4) after Paul had left Ephesus
(Acts 20:1, 2). Paul had met Titus
on his return from a mission to Corinth, and the report from a mission to
Corinth, and the report which Titus gave greatly relieved Paul’s anxieties,
especially in regard to the church’s favourable reception of, and action upon,
a severe letter which Paul had written them (2:3, 4; 7:5-16). But, there were
still other matters which gave Paul much concern. There was a minority in the
church opposed to him, and their influence had been strengthened by the arrival
of Jewish Christian, who claimed a apostolic rank, and sought to undermine
Paul’s authority by making false insinuations against him.
The whole letter vibrates with strong
feeling—glowing with love, weighted down with sorrow, burning with indignation.
It is the most personal of Paul’s letters to the churches, for he had been
deeply wounded by the doubts cast upon his personal integrity, his love for
those whom he had won for Christ, and upon the validity of his apostolic
commission. He knew well also that in their attacks upon him his enemies were
really striking at his gospel (11:1-5). Hence the vehemence of his defence.
The letter falls into three main sections,
chapters 1-7, 8-9, 10-13. The chief theme of the first is the nature of Paul’s
Christian ministry----its divine glory and power (2:12-4:6); its human weakness
and final reward (4:7 – 5:10) its motive, message and methods (5:11-6:10). The
theme of chapters 8 and 9 is the collection which Paul is organizing. He
indicates the motives for and blessedness of Christian giving. In the closing
chapters Paul feels himself reluctantly compelled to declare what manner of man
he is, that his readers may know how far from the truth the slanders of his
enemies are. These chapters give an insight into the apostle’s character such
as we find nowhere else. They also
contain promises for the weak, and a much-needed warning against the cunning
disguises of Satan.