After a painful visit, Paul writes the Corinthians a second letter.
Paul opens his letter with a message of forgiveness for the church at Corinth, making clear his commitment to them and building on his message of unity through the Gospel from his first letter. Paul continues to address some of the church’s challenges from the first letter and encourages them to embrace the humble life of Jesus, the paradox of the cross that requires humility and servanthood instead of wealth and status.
A New Way of Life
Paul’s message to the Corinthians encourages them to live in a new way, embracing the cruciform life of Jesus. Through the cross and resurrection, Jesus’ followers can live differently and model generosity, humility, and weakness. 2 Cornithians is a letter about living in a totally counter-cultural way as we seek to live like Jesus did.
Despite a division between Paul and the Corinthian Christians, he offers forgiveness and desires an open and honest relationship.
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.
The Cruciform Life
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 Jesus followers into people who give freely out of their gratitude because of the gift of salvation through 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 our weakness.
The book of Galatians addresses the role of the Torah in the lives of Jesus’ followers. Faith in Jesus makes people a part of God’s multi-ethnic family—not the law. And the Spirit empowers Jesus’ followers to live godly lives.
Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard
How are Christians meant to view wealth, status, success, and glory? Let’s check out 2 Corinthians and what this letter tells us about life in light of the cross....