By R. Kent Hughes
In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth used to be a newly rebuilt, bustling, very important urban within the Roman Empire. It used to be a spot jam-packed with delight, individualism, wealth, and spiritual pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound common? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with historic Corinth. The relevance of this publication to church buildings this present day is staggering. Paul offers strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman global upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the pass, and God's energy made ideal in weak point. He demanding situations us to stay counterculturally. during this remark on 2 Corinthians, Pastor R. Kent Hughes conscientiously examines this letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, carrying on with to supply wealthy biblical perception for the physique of Christ.
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By invoking the lordship of Christ, Paul also focuses our hearts on Christ as the one who not only demands that we forgive but empowers us to do so. You have been liberated to do so. And any honest attempt to bow to Christ in this will be met with the high voltage of unremitting grace. Satan’s ploy. Paul concludes his plea to forgive the sinner with the hard reality that an unforgiving heart has been duped by Satan — “so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs” (v.
4. Some sins are more heinous than others due to the “circumstances of time and place . . ”1 This is a good salutary truth and desperately needs to be followed in today’s church. The ministry is a profession requiring the highest integrity, and those who do not measure up should remove themselves from leadership, or be removed. This said, the higher demands of leadership leave the leader vulnerable to insinuations and false accusations by his people — and especially those who have a mind to question his leadership.
There were a lot of marbles at stake for Paul because he realized that if matters didn’t get straightened out in Corinth, the future of that whole apostolic church was jeopardized. So Paul waited on pins and needles for Titus’s return. As he waited in Troas, his ministry flourished remarkably. We know this because an open door is the same metaphor used to describe his extraordinary ministry in Ephesus — founding the church and spreading the gospel throughout Asia (cf. 1 Corinthians 16:8, 9; Acts 19:1-10).
2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes