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2 Corinthians

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What are the great emphases of 2 Corinthians?

Christian ministry reflected as servanthood, reflecting that of Christ.
The greater glory of the new covenant in contrast to the old.
The glory of the gospel exhibited in the weakness of its ministers.
The gospel as reconciliation.
Giving to the poor as an expression of generosity, not of obligation.
How to Read the Bible Book by Book Overview of 2 Corinthians

Reading 2 Corinthians is something like turning on the television in the middle of a very complicated play

What holds 1 & 2 Corinthians together is not subject matter, excluding the concern over the collection, but the overriding tension one senses between Paul and the Corinthians regarding true apostleship.
1:1-11 Salutations and Praise to God
How to Read the Bible Book by Book 1:1–11 Salutation and Praise to God


Salutation and Praise to God

1:12-2:13 An Explanation of Pauls Change of Plans
2:14-7:4 Paul, Minister of the New Covenant
7:5-16 The Explanation Renewed
8:1 - 9:15 Have the Collection Ready When I Come
10:1-13:14 Defense of Pauls Ministry against False Apostles
The significance of this letter for the biblical story must not be downplayed because of its strongly personal dimension. At stake is God’s own character—his loving grace expressed most strikingly in the weakness of the cross, which Paul insists is the only true expression of discipleship as well. Hence Paul’s readiness to boast in his weaknesses, since they serve to magnify the gospel of grace, God’s true power at work in the world.
Gordon D. Fee and Douglas K. Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), 339.
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