False apostles had persuaded the believers in Corinth that Paul was not an apostle. So Paul writes to convince them that he is indeed an authentic apostle.
Few portions of the New Testament pose as many challenges for translators and interpreters as 2 Corinthians. For that reason, few provide a systematic exposition of it.
AUTHOR. There are a few portions that might possibly be non-Pauline interpolations. But most experts agree that 2 Corinthians came from the heart of the Apostle Paul, and not from somebody else writing in the name of Paul.
RECIPIENTS. The Christians believers in Corinth. Paul had founded their community in about 51 AD, during his first missionary journey (see Acts 18).
PLACE AND DATE. It is likely that Paul wrote this letter from Macedonia, prior to the winter of winter of 56-57 AD.
PURPOSE: False teachers showed up in Corinth. They claimed to be apostles and entered the church. They promoted their own ideas and tried to discredit Paul. They wreaked havoc.
So Paul defends the authenticity of his apostleship and his message.
PAUL’S MINISTRY IN CORINTH
PAUL CONFRONTS THE EFFECTS OF THE FALSE APOSTLES
2 Corinthians 2:14. Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and reveals through us the sweet aroma of his knowledge in every place.
2 Corinthians 3:12. Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. (NIV translation)
2 Corinthians 4:5. For we don’t preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake,
2 Corinthians 4:18. while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 5:7. for we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:15. He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:18. But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 6:3. We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed,
2 Corinthians 6:4. but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
2 Corinthians 6:5. in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;
2 Corinthians 6:6. in pureness, in knowledge, in perseverance, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love,
2 Corinthians 6:7. in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
2 Corinthians 6:8. by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
2 Corinthians 6:9. as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed;
2 Corinthians 6:10. as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 6:17. Therefore “ ‘Come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.
2 Corinthians 8:9. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 9:6. Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7. Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion. for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:8. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work.
2 Corinthians 10:4. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (NIV translation)
2 Corinthians 10:5. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV translation)
2 Corinthians 12:9. He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:10. Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, and in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
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