2 Corinthians

Paul’s second letter to the Corinth’s is actually the fourth letter that he wrote to them, and is known for it’s intensely personal and autobiographical nature. He wrote this epistle to the assembly that was established on his first visit to the city. Problems with worldliness, internal wranglings and doctrinal defections continued to fester in spite of his efforts in the first epistle. Opposition to Paul’s ministry leveled charges of fickleness, authoritarianism, ministering without proper credentials, cowardice, failure to maintain proper clerical dignity, presumption and fleshliness against him. Paul focused on his accusers corruption of the Word, their deceptiveness, their own ministry, and their lack of spiritual courage to step out and start a ministry. In the light of these problems, Paul wrote 2 Corinthians to justify and establish his authority as an apostle, and to bring about their full reconciliation with himself.

2 Corinthians 1

1:1-2 Salutation
1:3-11 Paul’s affliction
1:12-24 Postponement of his visit

2 Corinthians 2

2:1-4 Postponement of his visit (continued)
2:5-13 Forgiveness for the offender
2:14-17 Triumphant in Christ

2 Corinthians 3

3:1-18 Ministers in the New Testament

2 Corinthians 4

4:1-6 God’s power in the ministry
4:7-18 Living by faith

2 Corinthians 5

5:1-21 Ministers of reconciliation

2 Corinthians 6

6:1-10 Paul’s summary of the ministry
6:11-18 Paul pleads for separation from unbelievers

2 Corinthians 7

7:1-16 Paul’s joy at the Corinthians’ repentance

2 Corinthians 8

8:1-24 The collection for the other Christians

2 Corinthians 9

9:1-15 God loves a cheerful giver

2 Corinthians 10

10:1-18 Paul speaks of his spiritual authority

2 Corinthians 11

11:1-15 Paul warns of false leaders
11:16-33 Paul’s suffering as an apostle

2 Corinthians 12

12:1-10 Paul’s thorn in the flesh
12:11-13 Paul demonstrates his apostleship
12:14-18 Paul plans a third visit
12:19-21 Paul seeks repentance from the Corinthians

2 Corinthians 13

13:1-10 Paul speaks of his coming and warns of sin
13:11-14 Conclusion and benediction