Compiled by: Gary W. Summers



1. Various Spiritual Matters (1-7) 2. Giving (8-9) 3. Paul's Defense of His Apostleship (10-13)
In this follow-up letter written about six months after 1 Corinthians, the subject matter has dwindled considerably. Paul comments on the withdrawing of fellowship and discusses what it further means to be a Christian. In the middle section he encourages them to continue to be ready to offer the gift which they had purposed. Finally, because of some who were claiming to be apostles, Paul finds it necessary to defend his apostleship, although he found it personally embarrassing.
1:3-4 "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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2:11 "Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices." 4:3-4 "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." 4:16-5:4 The invisible, spiritual things are real and endure; the physical are temporary. 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it is good or bad." 5:11a "Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...." 5:15 "And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again." 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 5:21 "For He has made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 7:1 "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 7:10 "For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." 8:1-5 The grace of God allowed the Macedonians to give beyond their ability. 9:6-7 "But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." 10:5 "...bringing every thought into captivity." 12:8-10 God's grace is sufficient for Paul's thorn. 13:5 "Examine yourselves whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves...."

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