Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

03 – Corinthians (2nd)

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Introduction

Welcome to our page on 2nd Corinthians where we look at the second letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, Paul was in Ephesus when he wrote this epistle and it is a letter to a beloved church that he founded himself. Paul stayed a year and a half (we see this in Acts 18) during his stay in Corinth.

The term Corinthian was not a very nice term in that day, the Corinthians were known as a very carnal society and we read in this letter some of the issues in that society. In some cases the folks in the church were behaving in the same fashion as the ones in the world.

The city has a cosmopolitan feel to it, much like a modern day Amsterdam or Las Vegas. Paul first arrived in Corinth around 50 AD to a city that was famous for its athletics, pottery, metal work and god worship, not the living God but there were many Greek and foreign gods that were worshipped there.

Corinth in that regard was not all that different to many cities today, a business hub of the empire that attracted many different types of people from many cultures which was the hub of two bodies of water and as such catered to the pleasures that those types of people may have wished for, thus the city was known for its desire to please all manners of lusts, whether they be sexual or drunken. Some would say a first century party town.

Paul spends a lot of time defending his ministry and stating his desire to visit them for a third time. Paul truly loves this assembly as he calls them “saints” despite their numerous problems. He writes to them as a spiritual father and deals with some difficult issues in a loving way despite the personal attacks he has faced. There is a lesson in there for us all to not let personal feelings get in the way of our ministry.

We learn so much of the Apostle Paul in these writings, Eastons Bible Dictionary writes,

This epistle, it has been well said, shows the individuality of the apostle more than any other. “Human weakness, spiritual strength, the deepest tenderness of affection, wounded feeling, sternness, irony, rebuke, impassioned self-vindication, humility, a just self-respect, zeal for the welfare of the weak and suffering, as well as for the progress of the church of Christ and for the spiritual advancement of its members, are all displayed in turn in the course of his appeal.” —Lias, Second Corinthians

The epistle is divided into five parts and we will examine these (LORD willing) when we do the verse by verse study, these five divisions are as follows…

1. Greetings – 2nd Corinthians 1:1–11

2. Paul defends his actions and apostleship, affirming his affection for the Corinthians. – 2nd Corinthians 1:12 – 7:16

3. Instructions for the collection for the poor in the Jerusalem church. – 2nd Corinthians 8:1 – 9:15

4. A further defense of his apostleship – 2nd Corinthians 10:1 – 13:10

5. Closing greetings – 2nd Corinthians 13:11–13

Line by line studies

1. Greetings – 2nd Corinthians 1:1–11
You will also share in our comfort – 2nd Corinthians 1:1-7 – March 24th 2016
On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again – 2nd Corinthians 1:8-11 – April 7th 2016

2. Paul defends his actions and apostleship, affirming his affection for the Corinthians. – 2nd Corinthians 1:12 – 7:16
Paul’s change of travel plans – 2nd Corinthians 1:12-22 – April 21st 2016
I refrained from visiting you in Corinth to save us both pain – 2nd Corinthians 1:23-2:4 – May 5th 2016

3. Instructions for the collection for the poor in the Jerusalem church. – 2nd Corinthians 8:1 – 9:15

4. A further defense of his apostleship – 2nd Corinthians 10:1 – 13:10

5. Closing greetings – 2nd Corinthians 13:11–13

Topical studies
What is your stench? – 2nd Corinthians 2:14-17 – September 25th 2014
Keep right on til the end of the road – 2nd Corinthians 4:16-17 – February 16th 2015
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation – 2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 – June 9th 2014

I hope that this is a blessing and I pray that you get something from these bible studies.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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