May 23, 2021
2 CORINTHIANS 11-13
DAY 141: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today’s journey through 2 Corinthians 11-13, will conclude the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth. Paul struggled with the church at Corinth as false apostles, resided there, challenging his credibility.
Ask God for His understanding of 2 Corinthians 11-13. Read 2 Corinthians 11-13. 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 11-13: At the start of our journey today, we find the Apostle Paul, once again, arguing his credentials as a true apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul speaks of his burden to the church at Corinth, his personal sufferings that resulted from being an apostle. He tells of a vision and a thorn which God would not remove from his side. Paul writes his concerns for the Corinthians closing with a warning to them. (2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14)
After you read chapters 11 through 13, 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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