Epistles of Thomas

November 6, 2008

2 Corinthians 1-3

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 12:45

Paul begins this letter by reassuring the Corinthians that he is ok because God has provided. Paul had faced stiff opposition in Asia and the Corinthians must have been very concerned for him and those with him. Not all in Corinth were thrilled with Paul as becomes clear from the end of chapter one and the beginning of two. He has not visited them because his previous letter caused some to perhaps, shall we say, become weary of him. He doesn’t want to turn their joy into grief. Paul turns to some specific matters of which we do not have more information. This would be a good time to consult a commentary. The principle he lays down is that by opposing him a certain person has done harm to the Corinthian church and if the church forgives that person Paul will also forgive him (2:10).

In chapter three he compares the Law to life in the Spirit. Those who have the Spirit and live in the Spirit rather than the Law, “are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (3:18). This is the Law of Freedom.


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