Sin City 2 Corinthians We are going to dig into 2 Corinthians and ask God how we should live out these scriptures daily. But before we do, we should understand a little about its background and about the first letter by Paul to the Corinthian church found in 1 Corinthians. Historically, I Corinthians is my least favorite book in the New Testament. The young church in Corinth had a lot of issues. They struggled immensely with sin even though Paul spent more time there than any of the other cities on his missionary journeys. Thus, the first letter by Paul to the Corinthian church was instructive and even scolding at times.
Warning, this post is a little longer than most! 2 Corinthians Four Different Letters Little known fact: Paul actually wrote four letters to the Corinthians. Two of them are lost. But the lost letters are referred to in the writings that we do have in our New Testament books of 1 and 2 Corinthians. Paul spent 18 months ministering in Corinth on his second missionary journey. After leaving Corinth, he heard of immorality among the members. He wrote a letter to confront this issue. This letter is since lost but referred to in I Corinthians 5:9.
We found this notice in a Small Texas Hill country town in an old post office dating back to the early 1900's 2 Corinthians 1 But Why? In chapter 1, immediately after the brief greeting, Paul writes about comfort. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ."
Let’s Play Jeopardy 2 Corinthians 1 If you haven't read the background to 2 Corinthians that I wrote in the post, “The Four Letters,” please do so. Just when things seemed somewhat settled in the church at Corinth, false teachers made their way into the church and began to plant doubts about Paul's character, intentions and teachings. As the false teachers gained some listeners, their verbal attacks become louder and bolder. 2 Corinthians is Paul's response to these attacks. In some ways, this book of Paul is like the game show Jeopardy.