Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
DESTINATION: 2 Corinthians
Between the writing of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, the church at Corinth was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul because they thought he was unqualified as an apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul sent Titus as his representative to deal with them, and the majority of the church repented of their actions. Paul later wrote 2 Corinthians to express his joy at the turnaround, and to appeal to the church to accept his authority.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
c. 35-67 A.D.
Ministry of Paul
Paul's third missionary journey
c. 57 A.D.
Writing of 2 Corinthians
Paul speaks more about himself in this letter than in any other. He explains his ministry in the first seven chapters, then talks about the collection for the saints (chapters 8-9), and in the last four chapters he defends his claim to be an apostle. Several times, he refers to the many hardships he has suffered for the Gospel, especially in the argument called the "fool's speech" in the latter part of the book. He mocks the Corinthians for their preoccupation with showy spiritual gifts by contrasting it with his weaknesses and the hardships he has faced.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Corinth – A city located in southern Greece about 50 miles from Athens. It was a major seaport and crossroads in the ancient world.
Macedonia – North part of Greece, where Paul wrote 2 Corinthians during is third missionary journey.
PEOPLE OF INTEREST:
Paul – Paul tells us more about himself in this book than in any other
Corinthians – The believers in the church at Corinth were swayed by false teachers to rebel against Paul's authority as an apostle.
Titus – Paul's emissary to the church at Corinth.
Timothy – Paul's partner on his third missionary journey.