By R. Kent Hughes
In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth was once a newly rebuilt, bustling, vital urban within the Roman Empire. It used to be a spot choked with satisfaction, individualism, wealth, and spiritual pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound prevalent? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with old Corinth. The relevance of this booklet to church buildings this present day is fantastic. Paul grants strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman global upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the move, and God's energy made excellent in weak point. He demanding situations us to reside counterculturally. during this statement 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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Mercy and love. Paul’s change of plans was motivated by mercy. He cared enough to confront the Corinthian believers by letter, and he cared too much to visit them personally, because his presence likely would have INTEGRITY AND MINISTRY / 2 CORINTHIANS 1:12 — 2:4 45 necessitated judgment. Moreover, Paul’s letter was motivated by his desire to let the Corinthians know of his overﬂowing love for them. It is true that spiritual leadership demands integrity and exacts much from those who lead, for it is a call to character.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask him to effect this reality: “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). The Lord drives the truth home in no uncertain terms in the next sentence after the great prayer: “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (6:14, 15). This “forgiven people forgive” teaching was so integral to Jesus’ teaching that he devoted an entire teaching to it in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, which concludes, “‘So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart’” (Matthew 18:35).
5 Forgiveness and Ministry 2 CORINTHIANS 2:5-11 A fter the Apostle Paul’s defense of his integrity, which he so brilliantly grounded in conscience, grace, truth, mutuality, mercy, and love (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:12 — 2:4), he then turned in 2:5-11 to the one who attacked him, but not as we might expect. Paul pled for forgiveness for the offender because he had already suffered the discipline of the church. It had happened like this: When Paul learned from Timothy’s visit to Corinth that there were troubles in the church, Paul paid the Corinthians an unscheduled visit, presuming that he would quickly ﬁx things and be on his way.