Corinthians, The Second Letter of Paul to the

Corinthians, The Second Letter of Paul to the

The second of two canonical letters addressed by Paul to the church at Corinth. The letter reveals tensions between the apostle and the church, as he must reluctantly defend himself against allegations made by “superapostles” who have arisen within the church and who tout their triumphant gospel of success over Paul’s message of the cross.


Outline of Contents

2 Corinthians

I. Epistolary prescript (2Cor 1:1-2)

II. Blessing (2Cor 1:3-11)

III. Assurances, instruction, warnings (2Cor 1:12-13:10)

A. Assurances of concern (2Cor 1:12-2:13)

1. Introduction (2Cor 1:12-14)

2. A canceled visit (2Cor 1:15-2:2)

3. A tearful letter (2Cor 2:3-11)

4. A trip to Macedonia (2Cor 2:12-13)

B. Comments on apostolic service (2Cor 2:14-5:19)

1. Introduction (2Cor 2:14-3:6)

2. The ministry of the new covenant (2Cor 3:7-4:6)

3. The ministry and mortality (2Cor 4:7-5:10)

4. The ministry of reconciliation (2Cor 5:11-19)

C. Various appeals and warnings (2Cor 5:20-9:15)

1. About reconciliation with God (2Cor 5:20-6:10)

2. About reconciliation with the Pauline apostolate (2Cor 6:11-7:3)

3. About the collection for Jerusalem (2Cor 7:4-9:15)

D. Warnings about false apostles (2Cor 10:1-13:10)

1. A call for obedience and understanding (2Cor 10:1-18)

2. “A fool’s speech” (2Cor 11:1-12:13)

3. Warnings in advance of a visit (2Cor 12:14-13:10)

IV. Epistolary closing (2Cor 13:11-13)

A. Summary appeals (2Cor 13:11)

B. Greetings (2Cor 13:12)

C. Benediction (2Cor 13:13)

2Cor 1:1-2

Salutation
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints thro ... View more

2Cor 1:3-11

Paul's Thanksgiving after Affliction
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation,4who consoles ... View more

2Cor 1:12-13:10

The Postponement of Paul's Visit
12Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, ... View more

2Cor 1:12-2:13

The Postponement of Paul's Visit
12Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, ... View more

2Cor 1:12-14

The Postponement of Paul's Visit
12Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, ... View more

2Cor 1:15-2:2

15Since I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a double favor;16I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come bac ... View more

2Cor 2:3-11

3And I wrote as I did, so that when I came, I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice; for I am confident about all of you, that my joy ... View more

2Cor 2:12-13

Paul's Anxiety in Troas
12When I came to Troas to proclaim the good news of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord;13but my mind could not rest because I ... View more

2Cor 2:14-5:19

14But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.1 ... View more

2Cor 2:14-3:6

14But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.1 ... View more

2Cor 3:7-4:6

7Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory so that the people of Israel could not gaze at Moses' face because of the glo ... View more

2Cor 4:7-5:10

7But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.8We are afflicted i ... View more

2Cor 5:11-19

The Ministry of Reconciliation
11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we ... View more

2Cor 5:20-9:15

20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.21For our sake he made h ... View more

2Cor 5:20-6:10

20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.21For our sake he made h ... View more

2Cor 6:11-7:3

11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you.12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours.13In return—I speak as ... View more

2Cor 7:4-9:15

4I often boast about you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with consolation; I am overjoyed in all our affliction.5For even when we came into Macedonia, o ... View more

2Cor 10:1-13:10

Paul Defends His Ministry
1I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward yo ... View more

2Cor 10:1-18

Paul Defends His Ministry
1I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward yo ... View more

2Cor 11:1-12:13

Paul and the False Apostles
1I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!2I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I promised you in mar ... View more

2Cor 12:14-13:10

14Here I am, ready to come to you this third time. And I will not be a burden, because I do not want what is yours but you; for children ought not to lay up for ... View more

2Cor 13:11-13

Final Greetings and Benediction
11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and ... View more

2Cor 13:11

Final Greetings and Benediction
11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and ... View more

2Cor 13:12

12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

2Cor 13:13

13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

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