2 Corinthians 13

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2Co 13:1-4     How many times had Paul actually been to Corinth at the time of this writing?  See A “Painful Visit” and “Sincere Letter”? .  What is Paul’s point in quoting Deuteronomy 19:15 about every matter being established on the testimony of two or three witnesses, and then mentioning his two or three warnings to…

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2 Corinthians 12

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2Co 12:1-6     False religious teachers, including those opposing Paul in Corinth, often boast of their sublime spiritual experiences as evidence of God’s favor for them.  How did Paul feel about such boasting, and why did he typically refrain from it?  See 2Co 12:1,6.  Who was the man that Paul knew who experienced the marvelous revelations…

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2 Corinthians 11:16-33

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2Co 11:16-21 What was the difference between Paul’s boasting and that of his opponents?  See 2Co 11:17.  Did his opponents view their boasting against Paul as foolishness?  How does Paul sarcastically justify his foolish boasting to the Corinthians?  See 2Co 11:19.  In what 5 ways were the false apostles misleading the Corinthians?  See 2Co 11:20. …

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2 Corinthians 11:1-15

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2Co 11:1-4     What foolishness had the Corinthians been bearing with?  See 2Co 11:4,19,20.  What was Paul’s approach in dealing with their defection?  See 2Co 11:1,16-18,21,23, 12:11.  What was Paul’s attachment to the Corinthians?  See 2Co 11:2.  What is the significance of “one husband” in 2Co 11:2?  See 2Co 11:4.  What sort of Bride is fit…

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2 Corinthians 10

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Introduction:   Throughout this epistle Paul has been defending himself against some in Corinth who had been challenging his authority as an apostle of Christ.  Previously his defense has been only incidental in his address to the majority whose repentant attitude and support he was so greatly comforted to hear about from Titus (2 Cor 7:6).  However,…

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2 Corinthians 9

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2Co 9:1-5     Why was it superfluous for Paul to write to the Corinthians about the collection he was taking up for the poor saints in Judea?  See 2Co 9:2.  In spite of it being superfluous, why did he do so to such an extent (this is the longest exposition on Christian giving in the NT),…

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2 Corinthians 8

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Introduction:   Recall from 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 that Paul has been taking up a collection on behalf of the poor Christians in Judea (who would have been mostly Jewish) from among the Gentile churches he has planted.  How would this have helped the Jewish believers to have been more accepting of the Gentile Christians?  See Acts 24:17,…

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2 Corinthians 7

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2Co 7:1          What promises does Paul refer to in this verse?  See 2Co 5:21, 6:16,18.  In light of these promises how does Paul say we should live?  See also 2Co 6:17. 2Co 7:2-3     These verses return to Paul’s thoughts from 2Co 6:11-13.  What does 2Co 7:2 teach us about how the false apostles were slandering…

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2 Corinthians 6

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2Co 6:1          Paul has been defending his bold, authoritative, and to some, fanatic, proclamation of the truths of the gospel.  In the previous verses he established himself as an ambassador for Christ to whom God had committed the ministry of reconciliation.  What warning does he now offer the Corinthians as God’s ambassador?  What does it…

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2 Corinthians 5

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Review:           Recall that Paul began this letter blessing God “who comforts us in all our affliction” (2Co 1:3-4).  What afflictions had Paul experienced?  See 2Co 1:8-9, 2:4,12-13, 4:8-12.  How had God comforted him in the midst of those afflictions?  See 2Co 2:5-11,14.  How does the glory of the New Covenant from chapter 3 and the…

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