2 Corinthians 10-13

In the final section of 2 Corinthians, Paul gave defense not only of his frank speech regarding the ethical norms of the church, but of his apostolic ministry in general.  To a church neck-deep in a culture of boasting, Paul—with reluctance—boasted as well.  Boasting in his identification with Christ.  The … Continue reading

2 Corinthians 7:2-9:15

Many find 2 Corinthians a difficult letter to understand because its flow prohibits them from identifying points of coherence.  It may be that Paul’s primary purpose in writing—and commission of Titus and company—was to prepare the Corinthians for his visit and their gift for the saints in Jerusalem.  Thus after … Continue reading

2 Corinthians 3:1-7:1

Paul’s strained relationship with the Corinthians troubled his heart (2 Cor 1.23-2.4).  While he was their father in the gospel, they were not acting as obedient children.  The coolness of their relationship was further chilled by Paul’s change in travel plans—which was actually his strategy to give them time to … Continue reading

2 Corinthians 1-2

On the whole, 2 Corinthians is Paul’s attempt to defend himself against those in Corinth who accused him of being a ‘flip-flopper’ (1.15-22; 13.1-4), and overextending his authority over them (3.1-18; 10.1-6).  In the paradigm of their city, one showed spiritual authority by pomp and external power, not the ‘weakness’ … Continue reading