By R. Kent Hughes
In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth was once a newly rebuilt, bustling, very important urban within the Roman Empire. It was once a spot jam-packed with delight, individualism, wealth, and non secular pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound widespread? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with old Corinth. The relevance of this publication to church buildings this present day is marvelous. Paul promises strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman international upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the move, and God's energy made ideal in weak spot. He demanding situations us to dwell 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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His conscience was clear because he had behaved with “simplicity” (or uprightness) and “godly sincerity,” and he did so by the grace of God — and he did it literally in an overﬂowing manner to the Corinthians. Paul’s conscience, his inner tribunal, unexceptionably declared that he had conducted himself with graced integrity toward the Corinthians. In Paul’s thought, conscience — a clear conscience, a good conscience — is foundational to ministry. Three times in his Pastoral Letters he referenced conscience, urging “love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5).
The initial installment guarantees the full inheritance to come. This dazzling triad of the Spirit’s work in establishing them together in Christ would thrill any earnest Corinthian and demonstrates how foolish the criticism of Paul was. After all, it was Paul’s preaching that enabled INTEGRITY AND MINISTRY / 2 CORINTHIANS 1:12 — 2:4 43 them to be established in Christ. Rather than criticism, they all ought to be thanking Paul for his integrity of heart. AGAIN, PAUL’S INTEGRITY IN CHANGING PLANS (1:23 — 2:4) Remember, Paul’s supposed vacillation (and lack of integrity) had come to the fore because he didn’t pay a second visit to the Corinthians as he had promised.
13 Paul fully understood the human side of deliverance and resurrection power — and that is why his letters bear repeated requests for prayer. “[Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19). “Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:3).
2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes