2 Corinthians 1 Outline
– Introduction of the letter (2 Corinthians 1:1-2)
– God is our advocator and comforter (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)
– Paul tells the Corinthians that he mean every word in the letter (2 Corinthians 1:12-24)
2 Corinthians 1 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 1:1-2, Paul introduced himself as the apostle of God’s will. Paul was not an apostle appointed by men but he has a calling from God to do this ministry. Paul wrote this letter to the Christians in all of Achaia, not just the Christians in Corinthians. Paul called the Christians in Achaia saints. He used the term saints to show that they have set apart themselves to God. As usual, Paul used grace and peace to greet the Corinthians. Grace and peace go together. If you accepted the gospel which is given to us as a grace of God, then the Holy Spirit will give you peace in your heart.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, God is our advocate and comforter. Whenever you need comforting, you should seek it from God. You can tell God about your problem and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. The Holy Spirit can comfort you and put a bible verse in your mind so that you can hold on to God’s promise. Paul and his missionary workers were persecuted in order to bring the gospel to the people. They were under great pressure from the enemies who persecute the gospel. In facing the persecution, Paul did not rely on themselves but they rely on God. Paul believed that God is able to deliver them from every peril, as the Corinthians pray for them. Then, other people will give thanks to God for protecting Paul and his missionary partners on their missions. Paul cared for the salvation of the Corinthians instead of himself. Paul is an example of a person who is not not self centered but centered his life on other people. We must not be self centered but always take into consideration about other people’s needs. We must always pray for missionaries and church leaders. When you pray, God will clear the way so that they will have a safe and successful missionary trip. Prayer moves the hand of God.
In 2 Corinthians 1:12-14, the Corinthians suspect that Paul had written the letter with bad motive so Paul is assuring that the words in the letter is honest and it testifies with his conscience. The Holy Spirit searches our conscience and he knows all our thoughts and feelings.
In 2 Corinthians 1:15-17, Paul planned to visit the Corinthians on his way to Macedonia and on his way back from Macedonia. Paul said his planning to come to the Corinthians isn’t casual but he is serious about it.
In 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, God’s promises are always yes and amen. We must always trust in God’s promises and hope and persevere and pray persistently until there is a turnaround in the situation. God give his Holy Spirit as a deposit in the heart of every believer, guaranteeing their redemption as the children of God. The Holy Spirit lives in every believer.
In 2 Corinthians 1:23-24, Paul said God is witness in that he is not lording over the church as an apostle but he wants to be a good minister to them so that they can continue to stand firm in their faith and walk on the path of righteousness.