2 Corinthians: God's way is the best way by W. Larry Richards

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Try to remove from your thinking that this section of Paul's letter is about theological issues related to the topic of how one is saved, particularly with respect to the role of the Ten Commandments in such a theology. The passage is, I repeat, a defense of Paul's ministry! CHAPTER TWO God Redirects: The New Covenant Ministry 2 Corinthians 2:12-4:6 1. Why did Paul state that he did not have peace of mind after he arrived in Troas (2: 12, 13)? Keeping in mind that Paul was seeking "peace of mind" following the writing of his "severe" letter, particularly in learning if the church had either accepted his strong-toned letter or rejected him outright, read 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 and then jot down what you believe to be the total picture that accounts for Paul's words in 2:12, 13.

Paul's visits to Corinth. D. 52(Acts18:118). That initial contact, his first visit to Corinth, was eighteen months in length (vs. 11). Later, while Paul was on his third missionary journey and staying at Ephesus (20:31), he received both an oral report and a written report from Corinth about the difficulties that had arisen in the church since Paul had been there and established the church (1 Car. 1:11; 7:1). Although Paul learned a great deal about the problems in the church based on these reports, he l 3--COR2 f I 66 BIBLE AMPLIFIER-2 CORINTHIANS • person who says Yes and No at the same time (vs.

3:7). The answer is really quite simple. (a) For Paul, everyone has sinned, that is, everyone has broken the law (Rom. 3:23). (b) Furthermore, the wages due to lawbreakers is death (6:23; see also 7:9-11; Gal. 3:10). (c) This is why, then, the law can be both good ("law of the Spirit") and an entity that brings death ("law of death") at the same time. ~s comment to the church members in Rome makes this very pomt and he_lps us understand his thinking on the topic: "Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death" (Rom.

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