Contributed on Feb 3, 2018
Paul wrote Second Corinthians for several reasons: He wanted to encourage the church to forgive and restore the member who had caused all the trouble (2 Cor. 2:6-11). He wanted to reassert his apostolic authority among the Corinthians (2 Cor. 4:1-2; 10-1)
March 1, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians I.A. Salutation. (1:1–2) 2nd Corinthians 1:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: 2 ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2018
The apostle bursts forth into thanksgiving for the comfort that has come to him in the midst of his distress and affliction.
March 8, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Thanksgiving (1:3–11) 2nd Corinthians 1:3-11 (NKJV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2018
Paul is responding to a question raised in the minds of the Corinthians about Paul’s lack of commitment to the Church in Corinth or his supposed lack of sincerity.
March 15, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.A.1.a: His Concern. (1:12–14) 2nd Corinthians 1:12-14 (NKJV) 12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2018
The fact that Paul first made an unscheduled visit and then cancelled his second scheduled visit to Corinth gave his opponents another reason to criticize him. He had not carried out his promise.
March 22, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.A.1.b: His Plan. (1:15-22) 2nd Corinthians 1:15-22 ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2018
Paul returns to the charge of vacillation that had been made against him and gives a straightforward explanation of why he did not visit Corinth as planned. If the apostle had visited Corinth at the time planned, he would have had to deal very firmly ....
March 27, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.A.1.c: His Explanation. (1:23-2:4) 2nd Corinthians 1:23-2.4 (NKJV) 23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. 24 Not that we have dominion ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2018
After explaining in general terms why he had delayed his trip to Corinth (see 1:12-2:2), Paul addressed the specific confrontation that most likely had led to his decision to cancel his visit.
April 4, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.A.2: Paul’s Charge Concerning the Offender. (2:5–11) 2nd Corinthians 2:5-11 (NKJV) 5 But if anyone has caused grief, he ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2018
Paul celebrates God's triumph , the triumph he won through Christ. The changed atmosphere in the church at Corinth is a victory for God because it is a victory of the Spirit of Christ. In the Christian life there are no victories that are not God's.
April 13, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.A.3: Paul’s confidence in the Corinthians. (2:12-17) 2nd Corinthians 2:12-17 (NKJV) 12 Furthermore, when I came to ...read more
Contributed on May 1, 2018
Traveling Christian evangelists in the first century, according to the custom of the day, carried letters of recommendation. With these a poor preacher would be given, at least, a place to stay, a meal, and an opportunity to speak to the congregation.
April 23, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.1.a: The Credentials of His Ministry. (3:1-5) 2nd Corinthians 3:1-5 (NKJV) 1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we ...read more
Contributed on May 15, 2018
This passage is the heart of the chapter, and it should be studied in connection with Exodus 24:29-35. Paul did not deny the glory of the Old Testament Law, because in the giving of the Law and the maintaining of the temple and tabernacle services . . . .
April 28, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.1.b: The Quality of His Ministry. (3:6-11) 2nd Corinthians 3:6-11 (NKJV) 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2018
In this passage the apostle reminds the Corinthians how he acted when he first preached the gospel to them.
August 26, 2012 Lessons on First Corinthians By: Tom Lowe Lesson 2.4: Paul and Wisdom Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2.1-5 1 Cor 2.1-5 (KJV) 1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2018
Paul used the experience of Moses and his veil to illustrate the glorious freedom and openness of the Christian life under grace.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.2: The Permanence of the New Covenant. (3:12-18) 2nd Corinthians 3:12-18 (NKJV) 12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use ...read more
Contributed on Jun 26, 2018
Paul was under attack at Corinth. His authority and honesty were being challenged. Charges of dishonesty were circulating in the church. Paul was facing a church in revolt.
May 8, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.3: The Ministry of the New Covenant. (4:1-6) 2nd Corinthians 4:1-6 (NKJV) 1 Therefore seeing we have this ...read more
Contributed on Jul 10, 2018
God had entrusted to Paul and his fellow evangelists this treasure of great worth—the gospel of Christ—but why would He do this? Because He delights in empowering the weak in order to confound the strong.
May 15, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.4: The Suffering in His Ministry. (4:7-12) 2nd Corinthians 4:7-12 (NKJV) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen ...read more
Contributed on Jul 24, 2018
Paul had just finished mentioning the hardships and sufferings that he had faced in the service of God. It takes great faith to stay steady under such continual sufferings and still boldly preach the Christian gospel. He has such a steady faith.
May 20, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.5.a: Hope of the Resurrection. (4:13-15) 2nd Corinthians 4:13-15 (NKJV) 13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we ...read more
Contributed on Aug 7, 2018
This passage highlights what is permanent, something on which believers can plant their feet. It will always be there, no matter what changes. It is the gospel message that is preparing all believers for eternity with their loving Creator.
May 27, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.5.b: Confidence in Ministry. (4:16-18) 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV) 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2018
Paul knew that he would experience infinite happiness and unending joy in the next life.
May 27, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.5.c: Contemplation of New Life. (5:1-10) 2nd Corinthians 5:1-10 (NKJV) 1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2018
“The fear of the Lord,” often signifies the worship of the Lord, or that religious reverence which we owe to Him.
June 10, 2014 Tom Lowe The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians Lesson II.B.6.a: Paul’s Motives. (5:11-15) 2nd Corinthians 5:11-15 (NKJV) 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your ...read more