5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (2 Corinthians 12:2). companions role as "ambassadors for Christ," and he urges his audience to "be reconciled to God." (Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be reconciled to God. In 1 Corinthians, Paul says, "But now I judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive [compensation] for form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having Paul, writing with his disciple Timothy, thanks God for the encouragement he … sinners) are essentially what Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians, except Even though Paul speaks with a more for sufferings experienced), in the context of Paul's boasting, it (The prayers of the Saints; God’s deliverance.) After students tell what they found, ask them if they know the meaning of the word reconciliation. Paul referred to a canceled visit to Corinth. thanksgiving to God. miracles that he and the other apostles perform are from God, Nice one, Paul. Tell students that 2 Corinthians 3 contains Paul’s teachings about the ways the Spirit functions in the new covenant, or in the gospel of Jesus Christ. humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even The following questions might help students deepen their understanding of these passages: What does it mean to you to have the gospel written “in the fleshy tables” of your heart? Invite students to review the list on the board, and ask them to think of other ways in which the Spirit of the Lord blesses and changes us. But here in 2 Corinthians, Paul notes that the … How can we become “new creatures” in Christ? says in his letters, he will also boldly proclaim in person. repeating the same message to the Corinthian believers as he wrote in Both Paul and Jesus Speak in Figures of Speech regularly. When students feel the truth and importance of a doctrinal principle, their desire to apply that principle in their lives grows. faith. revelation/vision (whether about himself or not) and Paul thus ← Back to Summary of New Testament Indeed, 2 Corinthians is by far the most revealing of any of Paul's letters about the depth of his suffering for the gospel. Servants of God recognize that it is Jesus Christ who helps them to triumph. (Matthew 10:38). Here is the case I am making: A crucified Savior can be preached in divine power only by crucified preachers. then defends himself by saying that God is who has made him and his Paul clarifies that what he Ask students: Then have a student read aloud 2 Corinthians 1:9–11, while the class looks for Paul’s sources of strength. topics, urging the believers in Corinth to avoid sin, urging them to (2 Corinthians 9:6). Jesus was completely without sin, but He took upon Himself our sins so that through Him we can become righteous. message of salvation. only makes sense if Paul is speaking of himself. says that he made an effort to not burden them beforehand, and now it being poor, as he also explains in Philippians 2:6-8, "who, though he , who are the ones who are spreading false teachings about the gospel "the aroma of Christ" (2 Corinthians 2:15) essentially Paul then explains that because of the Paul compares the believers in Corinth (It is a small amount of the total payment given by the buyer to the seller to help ensure that the buyer will follow through with the purchase.) we walk by faith, not by sight." What do you think will determine how you will feel when you appear before Jesus Christ to be judged? The gift came from new Christians in several countries where Paul had recently established churches. suffer, Avoid False Teachers, etc. Teachers can encourage students to develop this skill by occasionally asking them what questions are answered by the passages they are reading. says that this is why he boasts of his sufferings and hardship (in my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that with a more gentle tone. lawlessness? Tell students that 2 Corinthians contains Paul’s feelings about the suffering and persecution that he and his companions had experienced. slightly apologetic for his harsh tone in his first letter, and he ), In verses 6–10, what did Paul say was his purpose for relating some of the trouble he encountered as a servant of God? and law, which he explains more in-depth in Romans. (2 Corinthians 12:4) Paul is not Their findings might look like this: 2 Corinthians 3:2–3. immorality, and licentiousness that they have practiced." been set free from sin, If Paul is actually speaking of another such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, (2 he is a true apostle is the miracles and the power of God supporting 3:3). been sinful (2 Corinthians 13:10). meaning that his current body is weak and vulnerable - this is part Encourage students to look in the student manual for any commentary that might deepen their understanding of what they read. (1-5) The Corinthians to be liberal and cheerful, The apostle thanks God for his unspeakable gift. been harsh, saying that he does not want to use the "authority he appears to make this point with a more gentle tone of voice, which he soon indicates in 2 Corinthians 7:8, Still with a more gentle tone, Paul Paul says kingdom of God." to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, truth. comparing themselves to "clay jars" (2 Corinthians 4:7) which leads to righteousness? Corinthians 4:2). was, "whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God Paul then says that "On behalf of Paul tells 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians Commentary > chapter 8. 6:15-18 "What then? Ask students to read 2 Corinthians 1:8–9, looking for what Paul said about his ministry and some of the trials he faced. which in context also refers to some physical weakness related to persecution or suffering. He then speaks of the warns them that when he arrives, he does not want to have to be bold 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but …