Paul resolves his conflict with the Corinthians by showing how the crucifixion turns our value systems upside-down.
Paul addressed problems in the Corinthian church in his first letter, but many rejected his advice. This letter is a follow-up to a painful visit to this community and a call to live differently because of Jesus' sacrifice.
Life through The Cross
Paul followed up his first letter to the church at Corinth with a painful visit, and then he sent his second letter to this community. 2 Corinthians is a letter that assured the people that Paul had forgiven them and loved them. After receiving this letter, much of the community repented and embraced Paul's message.
This letter challenges Jesus followers to see life through the paradox of the cross. Because of the cross and God's Spirit, we can receive power to live transformed lives. We are equipped to take up Jesus' cruciform life and live differently, modelling the values God desires, including generosity, humility, and weakness.
Despite a division between Paul and the Corinthian Christians, Paul offers forgiveness and desires an open and honest relationship with this community.
Corinthian Christians admire wealthy and eloquent leaders and ask Paul to prove his authority. He says they are his proof, as God's new covenant people.
Rather than seek wealth and status, Christians should embrace the paradox of the cross and the cruciform life that transforms them to love and serve.
The Gospel transforms all Jesus followers into generous people who give freely out of gratitude received through their new life in Jesus.
Paul is weak and flawed, but he reminds the Corinthians that inadequacies reveal the love and grace of Jesus, whose power is perfected through weakness.
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. Let’s just say they “had a history.” Paul started this Jesus community sometime before on one of his missionary journeys (see Acts 18). Afte...