1 Corinthians Survey

Survey of 2 Corinthians

  • Background and Culture:
    • 1 Corinthians connection.
      • 1Cor 5:5, man repented, 2:5-11
      • The Former letter mentioned, 7:9,
  • Paul’s Visits and Letter Chronology
    • First Visit
    • Second Visit (came back through on way home)
    • 2 Corinthians written in AD 57 after expulsion from Ephesus in Acts 19:23-20:1(cf. 2 Cor 1:8, 2:13)
    • Now in Macedonia met with Titus
    • Author, Recipient, and Issues at Hand
      • Author = Paul Macedonia
      • Recipient = Corinth
      • 4 Issues at Hand
        • Titus came to Paul for Update on Paul’s life (2:13, 7:13)
        • The Corinthians Promised a Gift to Jerusalem Saints (9:5)
        • The False Apostle were claiming Paul was un-regenerate (10:2)
        • Paul would come to adjudicate cases that had not yet been set in order (12:21)
        • Argument of the Book
          • Content/Topic: Paul Informs the Corinthians
          • 4 Purpose of the Book:
            • 1-7 Inform about God’s Comfort
            • 8-9 Inform about the collection
            • 10-12:13 Correct the False Apostles (cf 3:1-3)
            • 12:14-13:10 Put the Un-repentant to the Test
  • How the Arguments Proceed:
    • 1-7 Inform about God’s Comfort
      • Argues that God comforts no matter the circumstances
    • 8-9 Inform about the collection
      • Argues that their giving puts love where nouth is, 8:24, and sows Spiritual fruit 9:6-15
    • 10-12:13 Correct the False Apostles (cf 3:1-3)
      • He engages in the silliness of boasting… the net effect is to say, “Wisdom is vindicated by her children” 3:3-6
        • Though Paul is weak and beaten he is strong in the effectiveness of the Gospel (12:7ff)
        • Q: Is Christianity about the good life?
    • 12:14-13:10 Put the Un-repentant to the Test
      • Argues that Christians must be responsive to the call of discipleship or must be put out of the church
      • Q: Is there a call to discipleship in the Gospel?
        • Notice 13:4… deny the call to discipleship, deny the power of Christ in you
        • Q: Is church discipline mean or merciful?
          • 1Cor 5:1-5, 2 Cor 2:6-11, 12:19-21
          • Major Reformation Themes in the Book and Major Theological Loci
            • Ministry of reconciliation- the Law and Gospel (c. 3-4)
            • Presence of the New Creation in the believer (5:17)
            • God’s strength in the weak (12:7-10)

 

 

 

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