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2 Corinthians (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by V. G. Shillington

By V. G. Shillington

2 Corinthians; is the 10th quantity to seem during this sequence. Shillington has immersed himself within the research of Paul and of two Corinthians. This epistle is Paul's own testimony approximately his ministry of reconciliation and his ministry in protecting the reality of the gospel. V. George Shillington sees this letter as Paul's own testimony approximately his ministry of reconciliation one of the Corinthian Christians (chapters 1-9) and his ministry in protecting the reality of the gospel (chapters 10-13). The thread that ties the 2 components jointly is Paul's conviction on pastoral ministry lower than the banner of Christ. Paul insists that ministry is to be borne in disease like that of Christ crucified. In elevating the crucified Messiah out of the previous production, God has inaugurated a brand new production, within which believers already take part. the one boast allowed is within the Lord, no longer in one's personal achievements or increased reports.

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How should they feel about their relationship to their afflicted apostle? The answer that follows in the notes suggests itself from the way the text reads. The apostle has put his life on the line for them in the service of God's salvation of the world. His conscience is clear on this point (1:12). Toward him they should feel sympathy, loyalty, confidence. Paul seems to know they have felt otherwise about him, and thus he writes persuasively. They think he vacillates because he has not visited Corinth as he planned.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! In no small way I recognize my wife, Grace, for her patience and encouragement at every phase of the work. Grace was obliged to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh on her own, for the most part, while I spent my days and several nights of the week in the library of New College. Her support behind this work is greatly appreciated. V. GEORGE SHILLINGTON WINNIPEG JULY 1996 Page 13 INTRODUCTION TO 2 CORINTHIANS The Thought World of 2 Corinthians Of all the letters of Paul in the New Testament (NT), none reveals the emotional side of his Christian character more boldly than 2 Corinthians.

1:5). In his variations on the theme of ministry, Paul will have occasion to return to the Greek word behind abound. abundant, excel, as in 8:7, where he aims at collecting money for Jerusalem (cf. 3:9: 4:15). The suffering Christ at this stage becomes the middle term between Paul's ministry and the consoling God. Through the Agent-Christ. Paul is granted an agency or ministry through which God's consolation flows to the Corinthians (and others like them). Paul depicts himself thus in a dependent relationship to the suffering Christ: so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.

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