May 2, 2021
2 CORINTHIANS 4-5
DAY 120: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
In today’s journey, the Apostle Paul continues his appeal to the church at Corinth.
Seek God’s perfect understanding of 2 Corinthians 4-5. Read 2 Corinthians 4-5. Let’s journey!
Corinth was a major port city, with many temples to false gods. It was also a rather wealthy city, and known for its immorality. In Acts 18, we read about Paul helping to form the church in Corinth. He remained with them about 18 months before moving on to continue his missionary work elsewhere. While in Ephesus, Paul received reports that there were problems, big problems, in the church at Corinth, prompting his first letter, known to us as 1 Corinthians. Although called 2 Corinthians, this is actually Paul’s third letter to them. As Paul’s first letter did not have the desired effect, Paul made a “painful” and urgent visit to the church, which also did not go well. Paul sent a second letter (since lost to us) that was well received by the church, leading to reconciliation between Paul and the Corinthian church. This letter reassure the Corinthian church of Paul’s love for them and addresses several misconceptions the Corinthians have regarding what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4-5: T he Apostle Paul speaks about the struggles of discipleship with the church at Corinth. He cautions against judging each other, allowing that only God has that authority. Paul continues talking about shedding our earthly bodies for our heavenly bodies. The Apostle Paul concludes by addressing reconciliation with the church at Corinth. (2 Corinthians 4:1-5:21)
After you read chapters 4 and 5, consider the following: What misconception is Paul addressing? In your own words, summarize what Paul is saying to correct the misconception. Is the misconception still present today? In what way?
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