"THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS" Chapter Five OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To understand the basis for Paul's hope despite his suffering 2) To see what motivated Paul in his work as a minister 3) To appreciate the gospel as a "ministry of reconciliation" SUMMARY As Paul continues describing the nature of his ministry, he explains why he remains "hopeful" in spite of his … 5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Corinthians 4 (King James Version) 1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
In the early fall of 57 a.d., rejoicing at the news of the Corinthian repentance, Paul then wrote the letter to the church at Corinth that became 2 Corinthians. Quick outline of 2 Corinthians Reconciling the Whole World (2 Corinthians 5:16–21) Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project If it sounds as if Paul is calling us to grit our teeth and try harder to be good, then we are missing the point of 2 Corinthians. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: Ch. Commentary on 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (Read 2 Corinthians 2:5-11) The apostle desires them to receive the person who had done wrong, again into their communion; for he was aware of his fault, and much afflicted under his punishment. In our Father's house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The apostle's hope and desire of heavenly glory. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 2 Corinthians 5 (King James Version) 1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Paul opens the letter with a quick greeting. Scripture was originally written without chapter or verse divisions, so Paul's thoughts flow without pause from the earlier text. Paul wrote at least four different letters to the church at Corinth, three of which are included in the New Testament.
2 For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— 3 if indeed, when we have taken it off [] we will not be found naked. 5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians: Paradox of the Cross Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard 2 Corinthians is a letter written by the apostle Paul in response to a complicated relationship between him and the church at Corinth. Paul defends his apostleship, and explains his humble approach to ministry (2 Co 10–13). It is Paul’s cry from the heart, a testimony to his devoted ministry to his communities of converts, but it is also revelatory of his human imperfections, his deep-seated insecurity and his quick temper.

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