Period: Late 55 A.D.
Summary: This second letter to the congregation at Corinth was also penned by Paul. It was written after he made a “painful” and unsuccessful visit to the small church in an attempt to give instruction and guidance on several divisive issues. Upon learning that a majority of members had repented, he wrote the letter we now call 2 Corinthians. It gives encouragement, yet teaches of the suffering that each member must face for the Lord Jesus’ sake. Paul concludes by surmising that it is when he is weakest that God is able to work through him most powerfully. This letter was in all likelihood written about six months after the letter we now call 1 Corinthians.
CHRIST: THE COMFORT OF GOD TO US
Key Verses: “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 them who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Introduction: the voice of experience: Chapter 1:1-11
Explanation: Paul the minister: Chapter 1:12 – 5:21
- Concerning his motives: 1:12- 2:11
- Concerning the ministry: 2:12 – 5:21
Exhortation: Paul the father: Chapter 6:1 – 9:15
- Concerning things spiritual: 6:1 – 7:16
- Concerning things material: 8:1 – 9:15
Vindication: Paul the apostle: Chapter 10:1 -12:18
- The critics and their pretensions: 10:1 – 11:15
- The apostle and his credentials: 11:16 – 12:18
Conclusion: future intentions: Chapter 12:19 -13:14