By R. Kent Hughes
During Paul's ministry, Corinth was once a newly rebuilt, bustling, vital urban within the Roman Empire. It used to be 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 commonly used? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with historical Corinth. The relevance of this e-book to church buildings this present day is fantastic. Paul provides strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman global upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the move, and God's energy made excellent in weak point. He demanding situations us to stay counterculturally.
In this statement on 2 Corinthians, Pastor R. Kent Hughes rigorously 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. Part of the Preaching the Word series.
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In spite of his insistence, he was told repeatedly that it was not there. Why was he so sure that it was? Because he could smell his ﬁancée’s perfumed missive. And he got the letter! So it is when your life bears the crushed fragrance of suffering and daily death. As God led Paul in triumphal procession, the fragrance of God wafted over the ancient world. It could not be shut out. Grace lingered in its train. Even the imperial palace smelled it — and all the saints from Caesar’s household will one day greet us (cf.
Paul’s request for prayer in 2 Corinthians 1:11 is beautiful and moving. 14 So we see that Paul ends verse 11 with thanks and praise to God, just as he began the section in verse 3. This is instinctively Paul — his heart’s desire is that thanksgiving and praise be offered to God by all people (cf. 4:15). What are we to make of all this? Essentially the following: The function of afflictions in the lives of those who aspire to be disciples of Christ is “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (v.
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). “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).