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2 CORINTHIANS: LESSON 2

(1:1-14)


II. SALUTATIONS WITH PRAISE FOR COMFORT (1:1-14)


 A. Paul’s salutation to the saints (v. 1-2)

1. Grace and peace

2. From our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

 B. Paul’s comfort from God beneficial to the saints (v. 3-7)

1. The Father of Mercy is also the God of comfort

2. Paul’s comfort in Christ in suffering allows him to comfort others when they suffer.

3. Those who are partakers of Christ’s sufferings also are partakers of Christ’s comfort.

 C. Paul’s burdensome experience necessitates dependency upon God (v. 8-11).

1. Experience in Asia

2. Weighed down beyond one’s power helps Paul trust in God.

3. The help of prayer

 D. Paul’s basis for boasting (v. 12-14)

1. Our holy behavior in God’s grace – not in fleshly wisdom

2. Paul’s hope the saints will glory in Him as He will glory in them in the day of Christ.


QUESTIONS:


1. Were the saints in Corinth the only ones to whom this letter was written?



2. From whom did Paul receive his comfort and how did this affect the saints?



3. When did Paul despair of life?



4. What did such despair cause Paul to do?



5. What power does Paul see in prayers of his brethren?



6. In what could Paul glory?



2 CORINTHIANS: LESSON 3

(1:15-2:13)


III. PAUL’S CHANGE OF PLANS (1:15-2:13)

A. The Original Plan Disclosed (1:15-17)

B. Change of Plans Not Due to a Fickle Mind (1:17-22)

C. Change of Plans Employed to Give Time for Repentance (1:23-2:4)

D. Admonition to Comfort the Sorrowful One (2:5-11)

E. Paul’s Anxiety Moves him to travel to Macedonia (2:12-13)


QUESTIONS:


1. How many times were Paul’s plans involving the Corinthians changed (See I Corinthians 16:5-8; Acts 20:1-6)?



2. What did Paul’s enemies mean when they accused Paul of purposing according to the flesh?



3. Who does Paul present as proof that he is neither fickle nor acting to gratify the flesh?



4. Why did Paul “forbear” to come to Corinth?



5. What did Paul have confidence in among the Corinthians?



6. What three things did Paul want to see accomplished by his letters?



7. What similarities are seen between verse 10, when forgiveness is being discussed, and that found in I Corinthians 5:3-5, when proper discipline is being encouraged?



8. What two parties are hurt when the penitent sinner is not forgiven?



9. How did coming to manifest Paul’s  concern for the saints?