2 Corinthians - NIV
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Second Corinthians is, in part, a letter of joy, for a report came to Paul that the Corinthians had rejected the troublemakers and wished to rejoin themselves to him.
Heart and passion rise to the surface in this letter. Not wanting to boast about himself, Paul indicates that the Corinthians themselves were his letter of recommendation. He appealed to their firsthand knowledge and experience. Paul also recounted the tribulations he endured to keep spreading the gospel.
The undermining of Paul's apostolic authority provides the backdrop to many issues in this letter. His concerns include:
- Will the Corinthians even listen since he has been away?
- Will a repentant man be restored to fellowship?
- Will the collection falter, or at Paul's encouragement, will it pick up new enthusiasm?
Biblical history records that the collection was completed, confirming that the Corinthians embraced Paul as their spiritual leader in Christ.
2 Corinthians has 470 pages.
About the author: William R. Baker, PhD, is professor of New Testament in the Graduate School of Hope International University. Dr. Baker has earned a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, an MDiv and MA in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BB in Ministry and Music from Lincoln Christian College.
His book publications include: 1 Corinthians (Cornerstone Commentaries; Tyndale); Evangelicalism & the Stone-Campbell Movement (Vol. 1; InterVarsity; Vol. 2 ACU Press); Preaching James (Chalice); Sticks and Stones: The Biblical Ethics of Talk (InterVarsity); "James" and "Epistles of John" in James-Jude (Standard Bible Studies; Standard); and Personal Speech-Ethics in the Epistle of James (WUNT; J. C. B. Mohr).
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