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2 Corinthians

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Love Versus Exploitation

2 Corinthians 12:14-18

Paul founded the church in Corinth, staying there over a year and a half.

The Painful Tragedy Of A Stubborn Church

2 Corinthians 12:19-20a

It was not in Paul's nature to have to defend his motives, but because of the false accusations from so-called 'super-apostles', he had to do so (2 Corinthians 12:11).

The Tragedy Of An Unrepentant Church

2 Corinthians 12:20b-21

Paul loved the church in Corinth.

God Is Not Weak

2 Corinthians 13:1-4

Paul was about to visit the church in Corinth for a third time. He did not want to confront the believers in Corinth over their sin, but if they were not repentant, he had no option. He had sent warnings in at least two previous letters as well as in person. Yet at least some had ignored them, rendering the church an embarrassment to the body of Christ (

Examine Yourselves

2 Corinthians 13:5-6

As Paul comes to the end of this letter, emotionally difficult to write and difficult to read, he asks the church in Corinth to check their spiritual health. Until this point he had focussed on their behaviour as an expression of what they believe, now he is direct.

Wanting To Do The Truth

2 Corinthians 13:7-8

These verses may seem a little strange, considering the rebuking tone of most of this letter. He now prays that the Corinthians will not do anything wrong. Some might say, they have a track record of sin, so surely they will continue in that habit. But Paul is confident in the Lord's ability to change their hearts following his rebuke.

Restored By The Truth

2 Corinthians 13:9-10

The Apostle Paul had a big heart of love for the believers in Corinth. Even though they had slandered him, disobeyed the teaching he gave them, persisted in tolerating sin, and had allowed false teachers to spread their poison in the church, Paul had not given up on them. Any news of spiritual progress delighted him. He kept on praying for them because he was confident in God's ability to restore His people from their entrapment by sin, to being holy once again.

Aim For Full Restoration

2 Corinthians 13:11

This letter was the most personal of Paul's epistles. In it he revealed his own heart and exposed the wrong attitudes of the believers in Corinth. Its purpose was to bring the church to repentance, and restore relationships between each other, with him as their apostle, and with the Lord.

Express Genuine Fellowship

2 Corinthians 13:12-13

Kissing, as a greeting, was and is common in the Middle East; it was no more Christian than pagan. It was part of family meetings, business meetings, social meetings – so why does Paul tell them to greet each other with a holy kiss?

Receive What God Shares Of Himself

2 Corinthians 13:14

This verse has often been used as a benediction (a 'good word') at the end of church services. It is both a prayer to God to pour His goodness onto the church in Corinth, and also an alert to the church to be ready to receive God's blessing. It is a doxology (a statement of praise to God) which comes out of an understanding of the character and actions of the Trinitarian God. You may have said it many times, but what does it mean?