2 Corinthians 13 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 13 Outline

 

– Paul gave final warnings to the Corinthian Christians (2 Corinthians 13:1-10)

– Paul send his final greetings to the Corinthian Christians (2 Corinthians 13:11-14)

 

 

2 Corinthians 13 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 13:1-4, Paul is prepared to visit the Corinthian church for the third time. Everything has to be testified by at least 2 ‘“ 3 witnesses. Paul said this because he is bringing his associates along with him when he come to the Corinthian church. When Paul return to visit the Corinthian chruch for the third time, he will not spare those who had sin earlier and not yet repented. We live by God’s power in all our weaknesses. We must crucified all our weaknesses on the cross with Jesus Christ and let God take full control of our lives.

 

In 2 Corinthians 13:5-10, we must examine ourselves to see whether we are a real disciple of Christ. As a disciple of Christ, we must make sure we are in compliance with God’s commandments in the bible. Christians must love one another in Christ. From time to time, you should examine yourself to see if you have sin against God in any area of your life. You can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you where have you sin if you don’t know your sin. Paul, as an apostle, only do things that are in the truth. Paul is glad that his weaknesses made the Corinthians strong. Paul anticipated that the Corinthians will repent of their sins before he arrive at the Corinthian church. Paul wanted to use his authority to edify the Corinthian church, not to destroy it.

 

In 2 Corinthians 13:11-14, Paul send his final greetings to the Corinthians. Paul exhorted the Corinthian Christians to be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, and live in peace. We must always make sure that our conscience is clear before God. We must love and live in peace with one another. If we abide in God’s commandments, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will be with us.

2 Corinthians 12 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 12 Outline

 

– Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

– Paul is prepared to visit the Corinthians for the third time (2 Corinthians 12:11-21)

 

 

2 Corinthians 12 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:1-6, the false apostles had boasted about having visions and revelations. Now, Paul want to boast about his visions and revelations from God as well. Paul recounted his experience of being lifted into the third heaven, which is the kingdom of God, heaven where God reign and rules/ The first heaven is the sky. The second heaven is the milky way. The third heaven is heaven, where the souls of the redeemed go after death. Paul did not mention his name because he did not want to boast about himself. Paul revealed this vision for the benefit of the Christians. In addition, because of this vision, Paul had become an apostle and it gives him strength to endure all kinds of trials and tribulations and finish the race of his life.

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, to prevent Paul from becoming proud, God put a thorn in his flesh. There is no mention as to what affliction Paul suffered from. Paul pleaded with God to remove this affliction from him but God replied his grace is sufficient for him because his power is made perfect in his weaknesses. God bestows his grace upon us to show that he approve of us. God’s grace ia available to us no matter even if we sin. When you have faith in God, God’s grace will fill up the areas of our insufficiencies. God’s grace give us strength so that we can do all things through him. Through the infirmities, Paul became humble and he learned to depend on God’s grace and strength. This is why Paul delight in weaknesses. When you rejoice in your sufferings, it will become a testimony to others. Satan is happy when we become disappointed and depressed in the troubles we face instead of trusting in God and rejoicing in our sufferings.

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:11-13, Paul was forced to boast to the Corinthians so that it made him look as though a fool. The Corinthians did not regard Paul as an apostle because they were influenced by the prominent false apostles. Paul said he is inferior to the false apostles among them only because he did not accept any money from the Corinthian Christians.

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:14-18, Paul is ready to visit the Corinthians for the third time. Paul does not want to be a burden to the Corinthians. Paul was like a spiritual father to the Corinthians because he founded the church and the Corinthians were like his spiritual children. Paul is sending Titus and another brother to the Corinthian church.

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:19-21, Paul wanted to make it clear that what he said in the letter is not for defending himself to them but that it is the truth. Paul is afraid that he won’t find the Corinthians as he want them to be for there may be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, and tumults.

2 Corinthians 11 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 11 Outline

 

– Paul rebuke the false apostles among the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 11:1-15)

– Paul boasts about the things that show his weaknesses (2 Corinthians 11:16-33)

 

 

2 Corinthians 11 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:1-6, Paul said that the Corinthians had been deceived and led astray by someone who preach a false gospel. Paul may not be a trained speaker but he is knowledgeable and able to discern between real and false prophets. We must not simply accept every gospel that people preach. The bible is the word of God, what God wants to tell us. It is important that you read the bible so that you have knowledge about the truth and don’t have to listen to what others say.

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:7-12, Paul had never taken anything from the Corinthian church when he preach to them but all his needs are supplied by the Macedonian church. Paul said he will not stop exposing the false prophets until they repent and turn back to God because he loved them.

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul plainly called those who spread false teaching as false apostles and deceitful workers. Just as Satan is deceitful by disguising as the angel of light, so do the false prophets who try to persuade people that they are preaching the right gospel. Satan and his demons can disguise themselves as angel so we have to be careful in not being deceived by him. We can discern whether it is from God by checking if it conforms to God’s words in the bible. God would not harm us but Satan want and he can use deception to think he is God and get us into troubles. Many Christians who believe the gospel preached by an influential preacher who has high status and reputation. Not all preachers preach the true gospel. Just because a preacher is reputable, it doesn’t mean that what he preach is correct. We must learn to examine the preaching according to the word of God in the bible.

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:16-21, the Corinthians think Paul is a fool because they refused to acknowledge that he is an apostle of God. Paul is not a fool who boast about his credential and preach about themselves. Instead, Paul preach about the Lord Jesus Christ to them. Many people boast according to the flesh. If the Corinthians are so wise that they accept the false preaching from false preachers, they should be able to listen to Paul for a while. Many Christians automatically approve the preaching of famous preachers without examining according to the Bible. It doesn’t mean that if a preacher is famous then he is spiritual. Satan can use anyone to achieve his purpose, to deceive people away from Jesus Christ. These false preachers had put the Corinthians under bondage yet the Corinthians were ignorant about it. Paul said he is too weak to treat his sheep with abuse, like the false apostles. Paul is bold to prove himself as a true apostle, just as the false apostles were bold in preaching about themselves.

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:22-29, Paul’s ancestry qualifies him as the apostle. Paul is a Hebrew, an Israelite a descendant of Abraham. Paul had worked very hard in carrying out missionary work. He was frequently imprisoned, flogged, exposed to death, receive the forty lashes minus one, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked for 3 times, spent 1 day and night at the sea. Paul had been in danger from the rivers, bandits, own countrymen, at sea and false brothers. Paul had toiled hard and often gone without food and water. Paul have been cold and naked. Besides, Paul also faced pressures due to his concern for the churches he planted. Paul does not care about himself but he is concerned about others who are weak and made to stumble.

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:30-33, Paul said if he must boast, he must boast about the things that show his weakness. Paul was persecuted by King Aretas of Damascus and the whole city was under guarded in order to arrest him. But Paul was lowered in a basket through a window in a wall so that he managed to escape his life (Acts 9:23-25).

2 Corinthians 10 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 10 Outline

 

– Paul rebuked the Corinthians for underestimating his authority based on his outward appearance (2 Corinthians 10:1-18)

 

 

2 Corinthians 10 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 10:1-6, Paul described the Corinthians thinking that he is timid when present with them but speak in a bold manner in the letter when he is away. Paul hoped that he won’t have to rebuke them when he come to the Corinthians who are worldly. Although Paul is like other human beings and walk in flesh, he is not conformed to the world. Paul is filled with power from the Holy Spirit to overcome every worldly thoughts. After you become a born again Christian, you must get rid of every thought that belongs to the world. If you fully surrender to God, the Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome every kind of sin so that you will be obedient to God’s commandments and walk on the path of righteousness. Paul said he is not afraid of them at all and will surely punish every act of disobedience until they are completely obedient towards God.

 

In 2 Corinthians 10:7-11, Paul rebuked the Corinthians for looking at the outward appearance. Paul may look unimpressive in his outward appearance but he belongs to Christ just as he is. We should respect each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul said even if he should boast more about their authority, it is God who give them for edifying the believers and not for their destruction. The Corinthians looked down on Paul by saying that he has a weak body although the words in his letter are authoritative. Paul said what he said in the letter, he will also do in deed when they are present at the Corinthian church.

 

In 2 Corinthians 10:12-18, Paul did not want to compare himself with the worldly people among the Corinthians. The Corinthians regard of themselves highly because they compared themselves among themselves. It is wrong to make comparison among themselves because many of the Corinthian Christians are not spiritual but worldly. It is also wrong make comparison based on outward appearance . God does not judge us based on our outward appearance but based on what is in our hearts. Paul said he will not boast beyond the limit God appointed him because God has given him apostolic authority over the churches including the Corinthian Christians. If only the Corinthian Christians would change and turn back to God, this would increase the growth of the Corinthians church. In addition, the Corinthians church can also involve in building more churches. Paul is not trying to practice authority in another man’s sphere. His real goal is to preach the gospel and evangelize to as many people as possible. If anyone wants to boast, he should boast about God because we will be commended by God one day based on our words and deeds before the judgment seat of Christ on the judgment day.

2 Corinthians 9 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 9 Outline

 

– Paul encouraged the Corinthians to make the donation in advance before his arrival (2 Corinthians 9:1-5)

– Give generously with a cheerful heart (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)

 

 

2 Corinthians 9 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 9:1-5, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to give generously to help the needy Christians in Jerusalem. He said he boasted about their generosity to the Macedonians, about how they were so ready to give last year and their enthusiasm in giving had inspired the Macedonians to give. Therefore, Paul urged the Corinthians to make the donation in advance before he arrive so that he won’t be embarrassed about having so much confidence in them. In this way, the gift will seen as a generous gift, not a gift that is given unwillingly.

 

In 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Paul uses the analogy of a farmer sowing seed to compare our giving to God. As the farmer sows the seed, he will lose the seeds. But if the farmer holds back the seed, he should expect a smaller crops during the harvest season. We may feel that we are losing money when we give but we must trust in God’s promise that he will surely bless those who give to him. When we give to God, we must give with a right heart, not grudgingly or of necessity but give it with a happy heart so that your giving will be a worship to God and give him all the glories.

 

In 2 Corinthians 9:12-15, when you give, you are doing a good deed of helping needy people and it is also a form of thanksgiving. God has blessed us in many ways. Everything that we have is from God. If God has bless us, we should also bless others. Your generosity in giving will be a good testimony to other Christians so that they will also be encouraged to give.

2 Corinthians 8 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 8 Outline

 

– Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be generous to the Jerusalem church (2 Corinthians 8:1-15)

– Paul send Titus and another brother with the collection of money to the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 8:16-24)

 

 

2 Corinthians 8 Bible Study

In 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, Paul praised the Macedonian church because they outdo the Corinthian church. Macedonia is the northern part of Greece while Corinth is the southern part of Greece. Macedonia include regions such as Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. The Macedonians set a good example in giving generously to help the Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 20:35; Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 10:42; 1 John 3:17; Matthew 6:21).

 

In 2 Corinthians 8:8-9, Paul pointed out the giving examples of the Macedonians to test their sincerity of love. He wants to encourage them to give generously (2 Corinthians 8:12; 2 Corinthians 9:7).

 

In 2 Corinthians 8:10-12, Paul want to encourage the Corinthians to give. Last year, the Corinthians were the first to give. Now, Paul urged the Corinthians to continue their giving habit. Faith has works. The most important commandment of God is to love others as much as you love yourself. If you see others in need, you cannot ignore his situation but you should do your best to help him. Any gift, if given willingly, it will be accepted by God, regardless of the amount. Whatever we do must be out of a pure motive otherwise it will be a sin.

 

In 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, we should always help others that are in need. We are brothers and sisters in Christ so we must help each other. The rich should not look down on those that have low social status. Paul asked the Corinthians to be kind and help the saints in Jerusalem so that there is equality. The saints in Jerusalem had spend their time preaching and blessing them with spiritual abundance. Now, the Corinthians should bless them back with material abundance.

 

In 2 Corinthians 8:16-24, Paul is sending Titus and another brother. They will carry the collection of the money with them as they visit the Corinthian church. Paul let Titus and another brother carry the collection of money to avoid any blame (Luke 16:10). In 2 Corinthians 8:24, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to give generously to the saints when Titus and the other brother come.

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 7 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 7 Outline

 

– Keep ourselves away from body and spiritual sins (2 Corinthians 7:1)

– Paul urged the Corinthians to open their hearts and accept him (2 Corinthians 7:2-4)

– Paul rejoiced upon facing inward and outward persecution (2 Corinthians 7:5-7)

– Godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-13)

– Titus is happy when Paul boasts to him about the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7:14-16)

 

 

2 Corinthians 7 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 7:1, if we set ourselves apart from worldliness, then our relationships with God will be closer (1 Peter 1:16). We must get rid of all kinds of sins of the flesh and spirit and be holy for God. The sins of the flesh are sins that you sin against your body such as adultery, murder and etc. The sins of the spirit are sins caused by impure thoughts and emotions such as jealousy, hatred, bitterness and etc.

 

In 2 Corinthians 7:2-4, Paul asks the Corinthians to open their hearts and receive them back because they have not done anything wrong. The Corinthians believed that Paul was not good. They believed that Paul was not called by God and that he did not have the authority of an apostle. The Corinthians like the world so they judge Paul based on worldly standard. Since Paul is always poor and persecuted, the Corinthians couldn’t accept him.

 

In 2 Corinthians 7:5-7, Paul faced persecution on the outside and fears in his heart. Paul was comforted that Titus came to them at that time. When Titus came, he informed Paul that that the Corinthian church had been longing for him and concern about his deep sorrow so he now rejoice in it. In facing trials and tribulations, we must not have bitterness in it but always rejoice and maintain a smiling face.

 

In 2 Corinthians 7:8-13, Paul is not regret if he had cause sorrow on the Corinthians because it will lead them to repent and turn back to God. We must always examine ourselves to see if we have sin against God in any area everyday. This is because you may sin and then forget about it.

 

In 2 Corinthians 7:14-16, Titus had reported to Paul about the Corinthian Christians and how they changed their mind to accept Paul again. Titus was very happy when Paul told him about how proud he is for the Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 6 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 6 Outline

 

– Don’t be selfish and share the gospel with others (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)

– Paul endured many hardships for the gospel yet he always rejoice in God (2 Corinthians 6:3-10)

– Reconciliation requires both parties to open their hearts (2 Corinthians 6:11-13)

– Don’t be yoke with the non believers (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

 

 

2 Corinthians 6 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 6:1-2, the salvation we receive is a gift of God. It is purely God’s grace that we can be saved. We must not be selfish and only keep the gospel to ourselves. If you are saved, then you should also share the gospel with other people so that they can be saved as well.

 

In 2 Corinthians 6:3-10, as a servant of God, Paul had endured a lot of hardships for the sake of gospel. Despite that, he never felt depressed and give up but he always rejoice in God. Jesus said that in this life, we will face trials and persecutions. We must do all things without complain or grumble or murmur (1 Corinthians 10:10; Philippians 2:14; Jude 1:16).

 

In 2 Corinthians 6:11-13, there is a rift between the Corinthian church and Paul. Paul is willing to reconcile with them but the Corinthian church is restricting themselves. The problem with the Corinthians is that they love themselves more. They are concerned with the outward appearance and they are shy about Paul’s sufferings and lowly image. Reconciliation requires both to open their hearts. If you want to forgive someone, you must completely forgive him. To completely forgive someone means to be friendly with him and treat him with kindness.

 

In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, as the children of God, we must set ourselves apart from the world. We should avoid mingling with non believers because they can influence us and cause us to turn away from God. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so we must be separated from the world and use our bodily members to serve God and give glory to him.

2 Corinthians 5 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 5 Outline

 

– Paul compare our earthly body with the heavenly dwelling (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

– Don’t see things in the way of the world (2 Corinthians 5:11-15)

– Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we can be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

 

 

2 Corinthians 5 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, Paul describes our body as earthly house. He compares the suffering of our earthly body with the eternal glory. God is building a home for every one of his follower in heaven (John 14:2). The redeemed will be clothed in a white gown in heaven. We groan when we are under persecution because we longed for the life in heaven, where there will be no more tears and sorrow (Revelation 21:4). The Holy Spirit lives in us and it serves as a guarantee of our salvation. The Holy Spirit is our advocator and comforter. He helps us in all our problems and remind us about God’s words.

 

In 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). One day, everyone on this earth will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be judged according to what they have done on the earth. Our actions and motives will be judged by God. Christians must do everything out of a pure motive. Everything you do must give glory to God If you do good things but without a good motive, you have sinned.

 

In 2 Corinthians 5:11-15, Paul is rebuking the Corinthians for being ashamed of their sufferings as a result of the persecution from the enemies. Paul is not concerned about how he appear to other people but he is most concerned about what is in the heart. Nowadays, there are many ministers that place emphasis on outward appearance such as wealth, reputation and etc. In Jeremiah 17:10, I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. We should not pursue after the material things of this world but seek God’s will and walk in the plan he had prepared for us so that we can give glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

 

In 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Christians must not see things from a worldly viewpoint. We should not look down on people because of their outward appearance based on the standards of the world. Anyone that has truly accepted Christ will have a testimony of their changed life. Your life will surely change if you have truly become a born again Christian. Jesus Christ came down to the earth and died for the sins of the people of the world. He is blameless and without sin yet he bore our sin on the cross so that we can receive the forgiveness of our sins and be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 4 Bible Study

 

2 Corinthians 4 Outline

 

– Don’t compromise in your preaching (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)

– We become glorified earthen vessels because the power of the gospel in us (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)

– Jesus will raise his faithful believers at the last day (2 Corinthians 4:13-15)

– Don’t lose heart and hold on to the hope in eternal life (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

 

 

2 Corinthians 4 Bible Study

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Paul and his companions did not lose heart in carrying out the missionary work because his calling has given him boldness to face persecutions from enemies of the gospel. Paul put his missionary work and God first in his life instead of caring for himself. Paul and his companions preach the gospel plainly instead of mingling it with worldly doctrine that people want to heart. By doing so, they have been blameless to the salvation of the people they preach to.

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, Paul described the treasure as the gospel and our body as jars of clay. The gospel is the power of God. When someone accept the gospel, the Holy Spirit will live in him and he will be filled with the power of God. Paul always face persecution but he never feel despair and give up. He is always willing to sacrifice his life for the sake of the gospel. This has make him a good testimony to other Christians, that we should always deny our self interest and put God first. The Corinthian Christians looked down on Paul because he was always beaten and imprisoned for the gospel. Now, Paul is telling them that they are living a life of victory because Paul work hard and endure a lot of sufferings for the gospel.

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:13-15, Paul said he preach the gospel because he believe. Normally, people would say what they think and feel. If you believe in the gospel, you should talk about it to other people. God raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day through the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the first to be raised from life. Jesus Christ was raised to life so that we can also be raised to life on the last day, which is the day when Jesus Christ come back to the earth for the second time. Ministers will be held accountable for their ministry and they are responsible for every soul they minister to.

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Paul said he and his companions will not lose heart because they hold on to their hope in Jesus Christ. They knew that their sufferings are only temporary so they look forward to their hope in eternal life.