2 Corinthians

The Word Is Alive

2 Corinthians

Second Corinthians is a response to a complicated history between Paul and the Corinthian church, which must be reconstructed from the evidence available today.

Paul had sent Timothy to visit the Corinthians on his behalf but when Timothy arrived in Corinth, he found that the church was in turmoil, most likely in response to the arrival of Paul’s opponents from the east. When Paul learned of this he decided to proceed immediately to Corinth to resolve the issues.

Paul’s visit, however, turned out to be very painful as a result of the church’s open rebellion against him. At that time, Paul decided it was best to suffer humiliation and leave, without retaliating, in order to extend mercy to the Corinthians. Once back in Ephesus, Paul sent Titus back to Corinth with a tearful and severe letter that is now lost, warning the church of God’s judgment if they did not repent.

To Paul’s great joy, the majority of the Corinthians did repent, which Paul discovered when he met Titus in Macedonia. But there was still a rebellious minority who, under the influence of Paul’s opponents, continued to reject Paul and his Gospel. In response, and as yet another act of mercy, Paul wrote 2 Corinthians from Macedonia in anticipation of his third, impending visit to Corinth before going on to Jerusalem.

The mixed nature of the church in Corinth, not to mention the opponents whom Paul addresses indirectly throughout the letter, explains the complex nature of 2 Corinthians and its sometimes sudden shifts in focus and tone. Paul’s letter is an extended defence of the legitimacy of his apostolic ministry and its implications.

Regional Map

Book Youtube Date
Introduction Watch 06 Mar 14
Chapter One Watch 08 Mar 14
Chapter Two Watch 10 Mar 14
Chapter Three Watch 13 Mar 14
Chapter Four Watch 14 Mar 14
Chapter Five Watch 17 Mar 14
Chapter Six Watch 19 Mar 14
Chapter Seven Watch 20 Mar 14
Chapter Eight Watch 22 Mar 14
Chapter Nine Watch 23 Mar 14
Chapter Ten Watch 24 Mar 14
Chapter Eleven Watch 27 Mar 14
Chapter Twelve Watch 28 Mar 14
Chapter Thirteen Watch 29 Mar 14
Summary Watch 29 Mar 14

There is some supplementary material for the book and a mind map of its structure that may prove useful for study.