By V. G. Shillington
2 Corinthians; is the 10th quantity to seem during this sequence. Shillington has immersed himself within the learn of Paul and of two Corinthians. This epistle is Paul's own testimony approximately his ministry of reconciliation and his ministry in protecting the reality of the gospel. V. George Shillington sees this letter as Paul's own testimony approximately his ministry of reconciliation one of the Corinthian Christians (chapters 1-9) and his ministry in protecting the reality of the gospel (chapters 10-13). The thread that ties the 2 components jointly is Paul's conviction on pastoral ministry lower than the banner of Christ. Paul insists that ministry is to be borne in disorder like that of Christ crucified. In elevating the crucified Messiah out of the previous production, God has inaugurated a brand new production, within which believers already take part. the one boast allowed is within the Lord, no longer in one's personal achievements or increased studies.
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8-9). · Word reached Paul, probably when Titus returned from Corinth, that the intruding apostles were making charges against the genuineness of Paul's apostleship. They were leading the Corinthians to suspect the purity of Paul's motives in rejecting their material support (2 Cor. 10:10; 12:14-18). · Upset and offended by this news, Paul wrote a severe letter of defense and censure. He sealed it with a promise of a third visit to Page 19 discipline the congregation for their folly. That defensive letter is preserved in 2 Corinthians 10-13.
Paul wrote a "letter of tears," instructing the congregation to discipline the member and to demonstrate their allegiance to the gospel of God and to the agency of Paul in proclaiming the gospel (2 Cor. 2:1-4; 7:8). The "letter of tears" did not survive. " He returned to Paul with a good report of the congregation's repentance and obedience. Titus also reported on the Corinthians' reception of traveling missionaries carrying letters of recommendation (2 Cor. 2:12-13; 7:6-7; 3:1-3). · In response to the good word of Titus, Paul wrote a letter of reconciliation, including in the letter also some concern for the intrusion of apostles who boast about letters of recommendation.
What Jesus Christ was, Paul is (Elias: 45-46, on typos). The saving effect of the Christ of the new creation (cf. 5:17) energizes Paul in his ministry of the new covenant (3:6). His affliction on behalf of the Corinthians is marked by the same new covenant affliction of Christ who gave his life as "a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). In the corollary line of this third movement of the thanksgiving, the Corinthians become the beneficiaries of both Paul's affliction and his consolation. Hence the scheme: Paul's agency carries the consolation of God in affliction (c), resulting in the Corinthians' being consoled as they participate in Paul's ministry (c').