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13 December, 2015

Search The Scriptures —Study 3— 2 Corinthians 1:23 – 2:17

Study 3 From The Book of 2 Corinthians Is: 2 Corinthians 1:23 – 2:17

There had been a gross case of immorality in the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 5:1) and Paul had written strongly about it. This was the reason for his altering his plans. He did not wish to come with a rod (1:23; 2:1), and had postponed his visit in the hope that his letter would achieve its purpose. This had been the case, and Paul now counselled that the offender be forgiven (2:5-11)

1.    What may we learn from the spirit in which Paul administered discipline? What can we learn from his attitude to the situation in Corinth (1:24; 2:4), and from the instructions he gave to the Corinthian Christians, regarding discipline and forgiveness? In what ways can a scandal in church life give Satan and advantage?
2.    Does the Word of God promise that faithful preaching, of the gospel will win all who hear it? How does Paul describe his own experience in this regard? Cf. 4:4
Notes
1.    2:5.  “As for him who was the cause of all this grief, it is not I whom he has grieved, but all of you—in some measure, that is, for I do not  wish to be too severe” (Way 
2.    Verse 14. ‘Leads us in triumph’ in an ancient Roman triumphal procession the captives used to carry censers of incense that diffused their scent far and wide on either side. Paul likens himself to a captive in Christ’s train, diffusing the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.