2 Corinthians 2 Outline
– Paul explained why he did not visit them as said in previous letter (2 Corinthians 2:1-4)
– Paul requested the Corinthians to forgive the person responsible for causing corruption in the church (2 Corinthians 2:5-11)
– Paul is glad to find opportunity for carrying out missionary work in Troas (2 Corinthians 2:12-13)
– The message of the gospel is life to the saved and death to those who rejected it (2 Corinthians 2:14-17)
2 Corinthians 2 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 2:1-4, in the previous letter, Paul promised to visit them twice while he was on the way to Macedonia and on the way back from Macedonia (1 Corinthians 16:5-7). Paul did not come to visit them eventually and he is now explaining that he didn’t come because he felt sorrowful to visit them again as the most recent visit to the Corinthian church is unpleasant for him. The Corinthians did not like Paul because he always rebuke and correct them. Paul is determined not to come to Corinth because he did not want to bring sorrow to them. Paul expressed that he sincerely love them. In Proverbs 27:5, open rebuke is better than secret love.
In 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, here, Paul referred to the person who commit sexual immorality and caused corruption in the church of Corinth. Paul urged the Corinthians not to be too hard on the person because the man already suffered enough from knowing his sin is now exposed to the whole church. Rather, the Corinthians are to forgive and comfort the person so that he will feel loved and not hatred in his heart. Satan is always looking for ways to take advantage of us. He always look for mistakes we make so that he can accuse and attack us, especially church pastors and deacons because they are the head of the church. In 1 Peter 5:8, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
In 2 Corinthians 2:12-13, Paul was glad that a door of opportunity has been opened for him to spread the gospel in Troas but he felt he couldn’t do it without the help of Titus.
In 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, the gospel of message is an aroma to some and bad smell to people who reject it. Everyone has the responsibility to spread the gospel. You should tell the gospel and evangelize to the people around you so that they will come to faith in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 9:16).