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2 Corinthians 1:2

2 Corinthians 1:2

“Grace and peace to you from God and from the Lord Jesus Christ...' is a well-loved and oft-used greeting that the apostles used throughout their letters.. and no doubt they were the chosen words that fell from the lips of many Christians in those early days of the Church.. when they gathered together for worship and teaching.. the breaking of bread and prayer.

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2 Corinthians 1:3

2 Corinthians 1:3

Following his introductory greeting to the saints at Corinth, where the amazing grace and abundant peace of almighty God is the heavenly blessing that Paul bestows in great measure on all the congregation there. He turns his wrapped attention and deep affection upon our great God and Father in heaven: - Blessed be GOD the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; Blessed be the GOD and Father of all mercies and Blessed be our Father in heaven.. Who is the God of all read more...

2 Corinthians 1:4

2 Corinthians 1:4

Our Father in heaven has a wondrous array of divine qualities, eternal attributes and godly characteristics that rejoice our heart and calm our soul, but perhaps one of His essential elements is that He is our God of all comfort - our Source of all consolation.

He Who walked this earth and Who learned obedience by the things that He Himself suffered, is more than adequate to identify with our hurt and pain and to empathise with read more...

2 Corinthians 1:5

2 Corinthians 1:5

Paul was a man that was beset by troubles and trial and had to face many dangers and disappointments in his Christian life.

The catalogue of pressures and distresses he faced were probably greater than most of us will ever have to go through in our lifetime, but we discover in his discomfort and distress a godly attitude the we should all seek to emulate.

Paul never forgot his Damascus Road read more...

2 Corinthians 1:6

2 Corinthians 1:6

Jesus suffered and was afflicted for righteousness sake, and He warned.. that in this world, we too would suffer tribulation. But He also gave us great comfort and encouragement with the words: but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.

Paul was a man who followed in his Masters footsteps. He too, experienced much pain and suffering, because he was faithful to his calling, and shared the good news of the gospel read more...

2 Corinthians 1:9

2 Corinthians 1:9

Paul was a man who was equipped to comfort and encourage other Christians through the difficulties and dangers of life because Paul was a man who understood the significance of suffering for the sake of Christ - and Paul was a man that received gracious comfort from the God of all comforts - Who comforts each one of us so that we may be used by Him to comfort other people, who may cross our life-path.

Paul was man who was also read more...

2 Corinthians 1:10

2 Corinthians 1:10

Despite the division, defilement and ungodly behaviour that was identified in so many believers in the Corinthians church, they were nonetheless a “called-out,' holy people, who were set apart to God. They were identified as “saints' who were sanctified of God - set apart for Him and called to be holy even as our Father in heaven is holy.

In his writings to the church at Corinth, there are many issues that Paul wanted to read more...

2 Corinthians 1:12

2 Corinthians 1:12

Paul did not boast in himself but only in the cross of Christ, his Saviour. Paul’s whole heart was that he, himself would decrease to nothing, while the Lord Jesus must increase in every part of his life until he could say, it is not I that live, but Christ that lives in me… and so Paul could say with utter confidence that he had not lived his life by the fleshly wisdom of the world, but by means of the gift of grace that he received from the read more...

2 Corinthians 1:20

2 Corinthians 1:20

Paul had a deep spiritual burden for the believers in Corinth, and this letter was written soon after he wrote his first, disciplinary epistle, where petty arguments, sexual immorality, spiritual immaturity, worldly carnality and an absence of godly love were vigorously addressed.

He had planned to visit these believers, following his earlier, forthright epistle, for he wanted to rebuild their trust in him, by restating his read more...

2 Corinthians 1:21

2 Corinthians 1:21

We are positioned in Christ, and identified with Him, by the Spirit of God, the moment we trust the Lord Jesus as Saviour. He baptises us into the body of Christ, for it is by the power of one Spirit that we have all been baptised into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bondmen or free, and we have all been given to drink of one Spirit.

Once we have been born again, and saved by grace through faith in Christ, we are to read more...

2 Corinthians 1:22

2 Corinthians 1:22

The Bible lists over 200 things that are true of all believers who have been saved by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. And in this verse we discover two amazing things that are the birthright of all God's children.

First, we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit of God as His children and secondly we have been given the indwelling, Holy Spirit of promise in our heart - as a pledge read more...

2 Corinthians 2:3

2 Corinthians 2:3

In His earlier letter, it was necessary for Paul to severely rebuke the Corinthian believers, for their bickering, their ungodly behaviour and their worldly carnality.

And so at the start of his second epistle to the believers at Corinth, Paul determined to correct any misunderstanding that might remain between them, and to set out to renew a right relationship with one another.

Paul resolved within himself that he would not visit them, read more...

2 Corinthians 2:4

2 Corinthians 2:4

It had been very painful for Paul to write his earlier letter to the Corinthian Christians, which rebuked them for their ungodly behaviour. He had received a report from a delegation of saints who explained to Paul… that an even earlier letter he had sent – (which is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5 but now lost), had been seriously misunderstood by the believers there, which necessitated the read more...

2 Corinthians 2:14

2 Corinthians 2:14

As Christians we are the most blessed people on earth, for in Christ we have become victorious in life - and through Him we have been declared triumphant over death. We are identified with His Person, His perfections, His glorious victories and His resurrected life - and it is all by faith.

Because we are in Christ by faith, we have passed from death to life-eternal, and are one with Him. Because we have been born-again we are read more...

2 Corinthians 2:15

2 Corinthians 2:15

The Bible describes the two different types of aroma that ascend heavenward to the Lord. One is the sweet fragrance of those that are saved by grace through faith in Christ.. and the other is the nauseating, deathly stench of rotting fungi.

The latter consist of those that are stubborn of heart, religiously arrogant and boastful of their independence from God's gracious provision. They are described by Isaiah as a stench in the read more...

2 Corinthians 2:16

2 Corinthians 2:16

In His great, High Priestly prayer, which was delivered to the Father on the night that Christ was betrayed, the Lord Jesus prayed that Christians would be united together as one - for we are one-in-Christ.

We are one body, with one faith and one Lord. We are one church with one truth, one life and one blessed hope. We are accepted by the one God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - Who is the one and only Mediator between man read more...

2 Corinthians 3:3

2 Corinthians 3:3

Having laid out the amazing victory we have in Christ, Whose sacrifice on the cross became a sweet smelling fragrance to the Father, Paul announces that in Christ, we too have passed from death to life and have been commissioned by God to be epistles of Christ declaring the truth of the gospel - not letters that are written with ink, but ones that have been inscribed, stamped and sealed by the Holy Spirit Himself.

Our lives are to read more...

2 Corinthians 3:4

2 Corinthians 3:4

The letters that are written by Paul, and the epistles that other New Testament apostles penned, should thrill our heart, for in them we gain exclusive information about our heavenly Father, and privileged access to Him, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are able to read and study the New Testament epistles, and through them are enabled to come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of our great Creator God, and our read more...

2 Corinthians 3:5

2 Corinthians 3:5

Legalism boasts in oneself to keep rules and regulations - but grace boasts only in the Lord. Keeping laws or rituals, whether self-imposed or insisted upon by a denomination or organisation, inflates the ego, for our sufficiency is dependent on my abilities and what I do. However, the gospel of grace nurtures humility, for it admits ones own inabilities and insufficiencies and depends completely on God and His abilities and sufficiency – for we are not read more...

2 Corinthians 3:17

2 Corinthians 3:17

This verse is part of a passage about the use and abuse of spiritual gifts. It precedes Paul's examination of the Christian Church and explanation of our membership in the body of Christ. Each member is unique in the sight of God, and together we are God’s chosen vehicle on earth, through whom He makes Himself known to man.

We are God's representatives on read more...

2 Corinthians 3:18

2 Corinthians 3:18

There is so much packed into this glorious verse of Scripture that one could spend a lifetime looking as into a mirror, at the glory of the Lord and that would suffice. And yet the verse tells us that as we continue to gaze into His loveliness and drink deeply of His grace, we too will start to be transformed into His glorious likeness, as we pass from one stage of glory to the next.

It is not the old sin nature that is being read more...

2 Corinthians 3:18

2 Corinthians 3:18

Simply reading these inspired words of Holy Writ, which are part of God's eternal love-letter to human-kind, causes us to kneel in humble reverence before the throne of grace as we worship our Father in heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shed His blood, so that condemned sinners might be made perfect before His face: and so we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.

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2 Corinthians 4:3

2 Corinthians 4:3

Paul had a glorious ministry, that flung wide the door of salvation to men. He opened-up the Word of God and taught the glorious gospel of grace to Jew and Gentile alike. This apostle of God revealed many of the biblical truths and treasures, which we have received, as a free gift of grace, by trusting in Christ Jesus as Saviour.

Paul had been a strict Jew, and had followed the traditions of men. But since being commissioned by read more...

2 Corinthians 4:4

2 Corinthians 4:4

In context Paul is talking about the glories of the new covenant of God. He is rejoicing in the wonderful promises that are founded on the blood of Christ – the gospel that removes all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ from the condemnation of the Law… for the free gift of God is eternal life to all who believe on Christ. Because of the glories of wonderful gospel of Christ, where the life and light of salvation flows to all who believe – Paul rejoices to read more...

2 Corinthians 4:6

2 Corinthians 4:6

The first Word of God at the dawning of creation was Let There Be Light. And that same Word of God at the advent of each born-again creation-in-Christ cries, Let There Be Light. The mind of unregenerate man is only darkness continuously, for the god of this world has blinded their eyes to the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. But the Author of life and Fountain of all grace has flooded our hearts with the True Light of the world - the read more...

2 Corinthians 4:7

2 Corinthians 4:7

Our mortal bodies are made from the dust of the earth and for the duration of our earthly life we live in frail, feeble, perishing bodies, which are decaying and dying. Seemingly they are of little worth to the great, powerful, omnipotent, eternal Creator, Who is to be praised forever and ever, amen. And yet God has taken those apparently useless, insignificant human forms and poured into them a revelation of the glorious gospel of His only begotten Son.

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2 Corinthians 4:8

2 Corinthians 4:8

What radiant delight filled the heart of the apostle Paul as he joyfully proclaimed the good tidings of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

Paul knew that the enemy of our soul uses every trick and deceit to veil the truth from those that are dead in their trespasses and sins but he also knew that the illuminating power of the indwelling Holy Spirit within our frail humanity, is a divine light that shines forth the wonderful works of read more...

2 Corinthians 4:9

2 Corinthians 4:9

There was much persecution of the early church, and a good deal of Paul's teaching was about the persecution of the saints.. and how we should address issues of ill-treatment, torment and torture.

Paul's main objective was to teach the good news of the glorious gospel of grace, to the people of God.. and to instruct them on Godly living - as well as to warn of the dangers and difficulties that are likely to arise, in the lives of read more...

2 Corinthians 4:16

2 Corinthians 4:16

Paul's church epistles were written to different groups of Christians, dealing with matters that were important to their need at the time, and yet they address issues that remain relevant today. Paul's letters were written as an integrated whole, yet progress from one train of thought to the next. Paul's writings were written to correct any error, preach a clear gospel message, provide encouragement and address issues of concern.

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2 Corinthians 4:17

2 Corinthians 4:17

None of us want to invite pain and suffering into our lives and Paul is an example of a man who went through much suffering in this world for being a Christian. At times he despaired even of life, and yet despite his terrible persecution and many imprisonments, Paul willingly endured his suffering with godly grace, patient endurance and an unspeakable joy. Indeed he considered the sufferings he endured as a light affliction, which would one day produce read more...

2 Corinthians 5:5

2 Corinthians 5:5

So much of Paul's ministry to the Church is reminding us of our eternal inheritance and our heavenly citizenship and although we have no tangible evidence of our future hope, nevertheless we accept it by faith - because God has spoken in His Word and God is faithful to His word - for God has even set His word about His holy name.

We may have no tangible proof of our home in heaven, but faith is the evidence of unseen and invisible read more...

2 Corinthians 5:6

2 Corinthians 5:6

God breathed the breath of life into man and Adam became a living being, and life is one of the most precious things we have in this world. We desire long life, for a good and challenging life and a life that is a fulfilled life. There is much research into extending life and combating death, for God set eternity in the heart of man.

But there is much intrigue into what happens after death, for death is that looming shadow on the read more...

2 Corinthians 5:7

2 Corinthians 5:7

Justification like sanctification is a gift of grace. The former is God's gift of grace to the unsaved sinner and the latter is God's gift of grace to the saved saint. Both are accessed by faith, and as demonstrated throughout scripture.

Faith is believing all God has said in His Word. Faith accepting scriptural truth as a firm fact. Faith is having assurance that what we hope for in Christ will certainly come to pass - read more...

2 Corinthians 5:10

2 Corinthians 5:10

Having given the Corinthians Christians additional insight into the glories of the new body that awaits every Church-age believer at the resurrection / rapture of the Body of Christ, Paul reminds us that each one of us will also stand before the judgement seat of Christ, following this event. However, it is only those who are saved by grace through faith, during the dispensation of grace, that will appear before Christ's judgement seat.

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2 Corinthians 5:10

2 Corinthians 5:10

Paul was reminding the carnal Christians at Corinth to stop behaving like worldly unbelievers and to start living as children of God. They had been saved by grace through faith, and ought to be living godly lives - lives surrendered to the Spirit, rather than lives living in the lusts of the flesh.

The reason we are given this reminder in God's Word, is because all Church-age believers must appear before the judgement seat of read more...

2 Corinthians 5:14

2 Corinthians 5:14

The cross of Christ most certainly paid the price for the sin of the whole world so that whosoever will may come – none are excluded from the forgiveness that flowed from the veins of the Messiah, which paid the price for all sin – NONE are excluded from this gift of God's grace. The only reason that some are condemned is through their own unbelief – they are condemned because they have not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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2 Corinthians 5:15

2 Corinthians 5:15

Christ died for ALL. No one is excluded for all have sinned and so all need a Saviour – but sadly, not all will choose to accept God’s free gift of Salvation. Not all will make that specific response to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The price for all the sin of the whole world collectively, which includes all the accumulated sin of every individual man and woman, was forgiven at Calvary. The only response required by God to be saved unto eternal read more...

2 Corinthians 5:16

2 Corinthians 5:16

The God of the universe, with all His divine attributes and entitlements became the man Christ Jesus. God incarnate was born into the the fallen race of man. The Creator of the universe came from heaven to earth in human flesh.

The Almighty everlasting Word, willingly became flesh and dwelt amongst us - and humbly and obediently carried out the word and will of the Father in every area of His life - even to death on the cross.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 5:17

Having outlined the frailty of man's flesh and the mysterious glory of Christ's cross, Paul reaches his climactic conclusion, that anyone that is in union with Christ by believing that His finished work on Calvary was the price that was paid for their own sins - has been made new. They have become a new person; and are now a new creature that has been born again by faith. Old things have passed away. The old life is replaced by the new - and by faith we read more...

2 Corinthians 5:18

2 Corinthians 5:18

There is a great truth that threads its way through scripture - that all things are of God and from God and for God and all things culminate in God. This is a subject that is close to the heart of Paul and a theme that can be seen flowing through all of his writings.

All things are made by Him, directed by Him and held together by Him, whether it be the old cursed creation that is soon to pass away or the new creation in Christ read more...

2 Corinthians 5:19

2 Corinthians 5:19

God did not only cause the gospel to be recorded once, but He caused it to be written down many times and send to many groups of people, in many different parts of the world. And in his letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul once again reminds these believers of the glorious gospel of Christ.

In a few simple words, Paul compacts the wonderful news that was purposed in the eternal council chambers of heaven before the world was read more...

2 Corinthians 5:20

2 Corinthians 5:20

Because of our sin and rebellion against God, man has become an arrogant enemy of the most holy Creator, but through the death of Christ alone, whose sinless blood was poured out to pay the full price for our sins, we can be reconciled to God, and returned into full fellowship with Him, simply by trusting Christ as Saviour and Lord.

The righteousness of a holy God is incompatible with the unrighteousness of sinful man, for there read more...

2 Corinthians 5:21

2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus is the personification of love and the message of the cross is written in His blood. Christ's sacrificial death at Calvary it is greatest demonstration of the love of God for mankind, for God demonstrated His deep love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. The Son of God was made sin for us and the great design of the gospel of grace is reconciliation: peace with God.

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2 Corinthians 6:2

2 Corinthians 6:2

Before the cross, the world in general and Israel in particular, were looking forward to the day when God would fulfill His promises to His chosen nation, and send His appointed Messiah-King, to save God's people and set up His millennial kingdom.

Prophetic scriptures throughout the Old Testament were looking forward to these 'last days', when God would pour out His favour on His people Israel, restore the years that the read more...

2 Corinthians 6:7

2 Corinthians 6:7

The apostolic ministry of Paul is an example to all of us, of a life that was lived for God’s glory and praise. The deep love and responsibility he felt towards the whole body of Christ is seen in this second letter to the Corinthians.

Paul urged these believers to follow his example and to become triumphant victors in Christ. They were read more...

2 Corinthians 6:10

2 Corinthians 6:10

Afflictions, grief, poverty and lack is generally considered as lamentable, calamitous, pitiable and often unfair. Times of unhappiness, melancholy. hardship and need can weigh heavily on a wearied soul exercising the sympathy, condolences, pity or indifference of others. But how different from God’s design for His children, for it was through suffering that the Lord Jesus Himself learned willing obedience to the Father and it is through the same pathway that read more...

2 Corinthians 6:14

2 Corinthians 6:14

Paul had to admonish Christians in various churches for their ungodly ways and from distancing themselves from the important issues of Christian conduct, which are necessary for godly living and effective ministry. In the Corinthian church it was a lack of love and a cooling of affection towards Paul himself, that he identified. Indeed he was quick to point out that the main reason for their lack of warmth towards him was because of their close, 'chummy' and read more...

2 Corinthians 6:17

2 Corinthians 6:17

Jesus has chosen us out of the world to be His children. He told us that His kingdom was not of this world system and that as His body and bride, we are to be in the world but not to be part of the world. The church at Corinth had become shockingly entangled with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life.

Many had adopted the prevailing behaviours, beliefs and attitudes of the world, indulging in fleshly read more...

2 Corinthians 7:1

2 Corinthians 7:1

The Lord God Almighty desires His people to separate themselves from fond affinity with the filth of this seductive world system, charging that all such unnatural bonding of purity with evil should be discarded with equal revulsion and tenacity as if fleeing from Satan into the arms of the Lord. The precious promises for those that heed this call is that God will be a Father to them and they will be His dearly beloved sons and daughters.

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2 Corinthians 7:3

2 Corinthians 7:3

Paul's first epistle to the Corinthian church, concentrated on teaching and correction, whilst his second letter is more pastoral, and exposes the deep love Paul has for these people. It shows the concern he shows for their spiritual welfare, and the establishment in their faith.

Paul's first communication concentrated on correction, while the focus of this second message is on comfort, victory in the cross and the sufficient read more...

2 Corinthians 7:10

2 Corinthians 7:10

Paul's second letter to the Christians at Corinth gives us a glimpse of his tender heart towards the believers there. He had addressed some serious disciplinary issues in his first letter, but had later become concerned that his stern correction had been too severe. The carnal behaviour of some, and the bitter wrangling of others, had necessitated Paul's strong rebuke, and yet his dear desire for this group of believers was that they grow in grace; mature in read more...

2 Corinthians 8:9

2 Corinthians 8:9

What Love! What Grace! What a God!

Paul had been commenting positively on the good works that were being carried out by the Corinthian believers - and the motive behind the generous things they were doing. Perhaps it was to stem the possibility of unfounded pride in their own generosity or to encourage an explosion of grace within this Christian community that

Paul began to draw read more...

2 Corinthians 9:6

2 Corinthians 9:6

Following his corrective letter to the Corinthian Church, their spiritual recovery provided Paul an opportunity to boast about these brothers and sisters, to other Christians in Macedonia. However, there was one area of their Christian witness, which Paul wanted to address, very specifically. It was in connection with their financial giving, to the needy saints, at Jerusalem.

Persecution in the Holy City had increased, and many read more...

2 Corinthians 9:7

2 Corinthians 9:7

Legalistic rules about giving.. together with the unbiblical, “Word of Faith movement and its Prosperity teaching, has given Christians an unbiblical focus, dishonoured the glorious gospel of grace and brought Christianity into disrepute. Legalism and prosperity teachings has placed many into bondage under unbiblical, man-made rules. It has twisted the truth of Scripture and dishonoured the lovely name of the Lord Jesus Christ -

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2 Corinthians 9:8

2 Corinthians 9:8

As Christians we are not under the Law but under grace. We are encouraged to be generous in our gifts and giving – not as a legal requirement or because a percentage of our income is required to meet the demands of a church body or the dictums of a denomination, but simply because cheerful giving and wise generosity is something that delights the heart of the Lord, Who has saved us by His grace and has given us all things to richly enjoy - due to His read more...

2 Corinthians 9:10

2 Corinthians 9:10

As blood-bought children of God we are of all people most blessed. Not only was the penalty for our sin paid in full, by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but also its suffocating power has been broken. The curse of the Law has been lifted, the sting of death has been removed and we have been born into the family of God and become part of a totally new creation – in Christ, with sins forgiven and our eternal life read more...

2 Corinthians 9:13

2 Corinthians 9:13

Although the Corinthian church started out with some severe criticism from Paul, concerning their carnal attitude and argumentative ways, we find at the close of his second letter, that Paul is able and willing to applaud their generosity and praise their Christian witness to their brothers and sisters in Christ.

In his first letter, Paul’s teaching was interspersed with chidings and correction, while at the close of this read more...

2 Corinthians 9:15

2 Corinthians 9:15

A gift for which payment must be made is not a gift. It is a purchase; an acquisition. It had been paid for - bought with a price. A gift is something that is given freely – given without any strings attached, otherwise it cannot be called a gift. Christ Jesus was God’s free gift of grace to every member of the human race – Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God was His free, indescribable, inestimable gift of grace and He was given to every man and read more...

2 Corinthians 10:4

2 Corinthians 10:4

Our adversary, the devil, roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, and there was much evidence of the enemy's meddlesome wiles in the lives of many of the Corinthian Christians - for he seemed to have infiltrated every area of their everyday lives and spiritual walk.

They had abused the gifts of the Spirit for personal promotion. They engaged in divisive argument and petty quarrels. They backslid into read more...

2 Corinthians 10:5

2 Corinthians 10:5

We must stop looking to other people, to other ministries, to the church, to the philosophy of others and especially to our own understanding if we are to destroy the arguments, perception and pretensions that set themselves up as the authority of God and which so often becomes an authority against God.

Our concern is to bring our heart and our thoughts into line with Christ and to place every thought under the authority of Christ read more...

2 Corinthians 11:2

2 Corinthians 11:2

Godly jealousy is very different from the selfish jealousy that is so often displayed in the wrong attitudes and actions of the natural man. The yearning that Paul felt towards the Corinthian Church was that of a loving father towards his beloved virgin daughter, who was betrothed to be married and to one husband.. and whose dear desire and precious privilege was to maintain her purity until she is finally united as one.. with her husband.

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2 Corinthians 11:3

2 Corinthians 11:3

Paul had been entrusted with the good news of the gospel of grace and the hidden mystery of the Church - which is His body, and had been commissioned by God and Lord Jesus Christ to share these glad tidings of great joy to Jew and gentile alike.

But in both quarters Paul found much resistance to his message and we discover him once again defending his apostleship.. to the spiritually immature, carnal Christians at Corinth - for read more...

2 Corinthians 12:7

2 Corinthians 12:7

Many years before Paul started to write his epistle to the Corinthian church, he had a spiritual experience, that leaves the rest of us breathless. Before beginning his ministry and missionary journeys, Paul was caught up into heaven, and saw unspeakable things, about which he was commanded not to speak.

In various letters, he confirms that: eye has not seen.. ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the imagination of read more...

2 Corinthians 12:8

2 Corinthians 12:8

Paul was afforded a unique role in the administration of the Christian Church, for not only was he the ONLY God-appointed apostle, who did not accompany Christ, throughout His earthly ministry.. but he was also a murdering, hostile antagonist of the gospel-of-Christ, at the time that the church was born - at Pentecost.

However, Saul of Tarsus was called to become Paul the apostle to the gentiles. He wrote much of holy Scripture read more...

2 Corinthians 12:9

2 Corinthians 12:9

Paul was doing a great work for the Lord, but God knows the heart of all men and He knew that Paul could become puffed up with pride due to the great revelations that God was giving to the Church through him. The mysteries that Paul was being shown, had been kept hidden for ages and generations but now were being revealed to the saints of God - through Paul. No wonder the Lord gave Paul a thorn in the flesh, which caused him to be tried and tested, beaten and read more...

2 Corinthians 12:10

2 Corinthians 12:10

Human nature dictates that none of us can be content with weakness or insults. No-one delights in difficulties and distresses and naturally speaking none of us are happy to be persecuted or ridiculed by our fellow man. But this verse contains a very important modifying phrase - FOR CHRIST's SAKE. It is for Christ's sake that we are content to be insulted and to suffer persecutions and it is by His grace that we can be content in the middle of the difficulties and read more...

2 Corinthians 12:15

2 Corinthians 12:15

When first introduced to the believers at Corinth we find a group of Christians that despite boasting their diverse spiritual gifts were devoid of love, and wallowed in a divergent range of ungodly actions and attitudes, including: quarrelling, envying, anger, bitterness, back-biting, carnal intrigues and gross spiritual immaturity.

Despite Paul's corrective teaching to this community of Christians, there were some who remained read more...

2 Corinthians 13:5

2 Corinthians 13:5

In his final words to this group of believers Paul was challenging them to test themselves and examine their hearts and behaviors, to see is they were truly living the life of faith. Like so many believers they were quick to criticise others, and feign a false spirituality that was self-induced and not from God.

These believers were encouraged to examine their hearts to be sure that their faith was founded on Christ and that their read more...

2 Corinthians 13:14

2 Corinthians 13:14

As Paul draws his second, lengthy epistle to the Corinthian Christians to a close, he reiterates his earlier exhortations to seek after unity within the body of Christ, to be of good comfort to one another, and to remain encouraged in the truth of the glorious gospel of God.

As Paul prepares to bid these beloved believers at Corinth farewell, for the last time, he entreated them towards godly conduct.. beseeching them to live read more...