2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 13 | Testing 1…2…3…

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.” 2 Cor. 13:5-6 Paul, at times, seems to have a love-hate relationship with the church at Corinth. He was mightily used of God to establish this church, and he continued to have a fatherly…

2 Corinthians 12 | Bragging Rights

By: Garner Fritts Have you ever met someone who brags all the time and places themselves on a pedestal? They want everyone to know how much they are worth, how intelligent they are, how gifted they are or any other number of human achievements. Some of these braggarts invoke the name of the Lord while promoting themselves. What is even worse, there are many people who admire those types of people and hold them in higher regard than the so…

2 Corinthians 11 | Don’t Mess With My Church

“But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end, they will get the punishment their…

2 Corinthians 10 | Good Things in Small Packages

“If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.” (2 Cor. 10:7b) This begins the third and final section of the letter. Paul has already defended his apostolic authority in light of all the charges from his critics (1.12-7.16), he has called upon the Corinthians to help support the poor believers in Jerusalem (8.1-9.15), and now once again, he picks back up the teaching on his absolute authority to…

2 Corinthians 9 | Live to Give

I have a saying that I use with my family whenever they thank me for doing something for them. I say, “I Live to Give”. Although I have expressed this sentiment sarcastically at times, I really do try to live out this motto as much as I can by the grace of God. As a parent you often wonder if what you’re doing makes any kind of impact on your children. Are they getting it? They see the best and…

2 Corinthians 8 | Generosity: A Fruit of Spiritual Maturity

The work of Jesus while on the earth can be summarized like this. He revealed the Father to us by what He explained, and He showed us the Father by how He lived. This is so we could become more like our Father. Paul captured an aspect of this as he extolled the churches of Macedonia. A need arose elsewhere in the church body where the saints suffered financial hardship. Paul made mention of the situation to the various churches…

2 Corinthians 7 | Good Grief!

Good grief! What comes to mind when we hear this statement?  I think of the Peanuts cartoon and Charlie Brown. I see Lucy sitting there holding the football enticing Chuck to come running at full speed to kick it clear to the moon. At the last-minute, Lucy pulls it away causing Charlie Brown to sail through the air and land painfully on his back and he says: “Good grief!”  So, what is the meaning of Good Grief? Some dictionary’s top…

2 Corinthians 6 | Working Together with Him

I have both worked together for the Lord, as well as worked together with him. I definitely like working together with him better. The two are worlds apart. When you work for someone, you may not know specifically what he or she wants. You just do your best to try to please that one by working hard at various tasks that you hope will be acceptable. But when you work with someone, they are in the lead and you are…

2 Corinthians 5 | Looking for Relief?

There is a classic story told by the late comedian Jerry Clower about an evening raccoon hunt in Mississippi. In the story, Jerry and his friends were coon hunting one evening and their hound dogs treed what they all thought was a raccoon. One of the men named John climbed into the tree with a long-pointed stick with the intent of knocking the coon out of the tree so it could be dispatched of by the hunters below. To his…

2 Corinthians 4 | Our Wounds Are Part of Our Wholeness

I am always amazed and amused when I read the way Paul describes the traumatic events that happened in his life in 2 Corinthians chapter four. Later in the letter, he recounts his beatings, dangers, shipwrecks, his being many times on the razor-edge of death, the betrayal, sleepless nights, hunger, and cold exposure that accompanied his service to Jesus. Any one of these experiences might send the best of us into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress. But Paul calls…
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