Category Archives: II Corinthians

2 Corinthians 13:5-14 — Seeking God’s best in people

As we wrap up this letter, we see Paul’s heart for the Corinthians, that they would know God’s best in their lives. Paul starts out by challenging them, saying, Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 13:1-4 — When Jesus returns

In Paul’s warning to the Corinthians in this passage, I see a warning to us as well. Paul told them, I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 12:11-20 — Marks of a leader (part 2)

A couple of blogs ago, we looked at some of the marks of a leader.  In this passage, I think we can see more of what a true leader in the church looks like. One is that they do not … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 12:7-10 — The problem of self-sufficiency

I was raised by my parents to be pretty self-sufficient.  I remember one thing my dad told me after I had grown up and left the house was that the one thing he was happy about concerning my brother, my … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 12:1-6 — What is far more important than our boasting

Well, this is my last day of vacation before I head back for Japan.  It will be an exceptionally long day, so your prayers for safety and strength would be appreciated.  Needless to say, I won’t be posting a blog … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 11:16-33 — The marks of a true leader

As Paul compares himself with the false apostles that had crept into the Corinthian church, I think we see the marks of a true Christian leader, what he does, and doesn’t do. A true leader shouldn’t have to boast.  That … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 10:7-18 — How we evaluate ourselves. How we evaluate others.

Well, I’m temporarily back in the blogging saddle.  I’m still on vacation, so as I mentioned before, it may still be a hit and miss, but I have slightly better access to a computer right now. At any rate, Paul … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 10:1-8 — Tearing down Satan’s strongholds

I suppose the more that we look at the world around us, the more it seems like Satan has set up his strongholds in our culture.  Certainly we see it the moral shifts that have occurred in America over the … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 9:11-15 — That God may be glorified through us

I touched on this at the end of my last blog, but I wanted to expand on the idea more, that is, when God’s people are generous, he is glorified through us.  Paul wrote, You will be made rich in … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 9:8-11 — Abounding in grace

Just a quick note before today’s blog:  I am currently on vacation, and so my blogs may be hit or miss for the next week and a half or so, depending on whether I have both time and access to a … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 9:6-7 — Principles of giving

Here in this passage, we see two key principles of giving. Paul says, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  (6) This is true in all aspects of life.  If, … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 9:1-5 — When we have an influence on others

All of us have an influence on others, whether it be in our homes, at our churches, or at work. Perhaps we didn’t ask to be their role models, but we have been placed in that position.  And if so, … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:16-24 — A people that are an honor and glory to Christ

In this last section, Paul talks about the measures that he is taking to make sure that the offering he is collecting for the poor in Jerusalem is completely above board, that no one would be able to criticize him. In … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:9 — Our example in giving

How much do we know the grace of Jesus in our lives?  And if we really did know it, how would it change our attitude in our giving, not only of our money, but of our time, our resources, and … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:7 — Excelling in acts of grace

In this verse, Paul encourages the Corinthians, But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving. The Corinthians were … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:6-12 — Finish what you started

This passage is so rich with spiritual truth that I think we’ll be here for a few more blogs. Paul starts and ends this passage by basically saying this:  “Finish what you started.” The Corinthians, when they had first heard … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:1-5 — What giving is all about

Generosity.  Giving. These are two things I have to admit I’m still working on in my life.  Perhaps it comes from being the youngest child in my family.  Perhaps it just comes from my sinful, selfish nature.  But generosity and … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 7:8-10 — Two kinds of sorrow

Satan’s name means “accuser” or “adversary,” and for good reason.  He often comes at us accusing us for our sins and trying to point out to us what miserable wretches we are. The thing is, most times we deserve what Satan … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 7 — True love

It strikes me as I look at the last part of chapter 6 and the whole of this chapter, that we see a reflection of God’s love for us in Paul’s love for the Corinthians. Paul implored with the Corinthians … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:14-7:1 — Unequally yoked (part 3)

I don’t think I can leave this passage without touching on an application that people often use when quoting this passage:  dating and/or marrying a non-Christian. Some people say that this passage means we should not date non-Christians. I will … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:14-7:1 — Unequally yoked (part 2)

We talked yesterday about the importance of not being unequally yoked with people.  And the main point I made was that if a person is influencing you in ways that cause you to compromise your purity or compromise your life as a person set … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:14 — Unequally yoked (part 1)

Holiness. It’s one of those words that could be called Christianese.  I suppose if people were to picture “holy” people, they would imagine people with a literal halo over their heads and shining with the glory of God. But holiness simply … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:11-13 — What holds our hearts

There are some people that think II Corinthians was actually two or even more letters actually pieced together.  Looking at this letter, I can see why, though I still believe it is one unified letter. Still, at one turn, Paul talks about … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:3-10 — That our ministry would never be discredited

All of us, whether in formal ministry or not, are called to be ministers of Christ.  We saw that earlier in chapter 5, where Paul tells us that we have been given the message of reconciliation and are called to … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:16-6:2 — The message of reconciliation

Sometimes, Christians probably wish that in the face of all the troubles they go through in life, that God would just take them to heaven already.  Why doesn’t he? There are many reasons we could give, but one big one … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:17 — A new creation

This is probably one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (17) I love the Life Application Bible’s comment on … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:16 — A totally new perspective

When Paul came to Christ, he was granted a totally new perspective in life. Prior to his salvation, he had been persecuting Christians, thinking that he was doing God a favor.  But upon his salvation, he saw things in a … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:11-15 — Compelled

What do you live for?  And why? For Paul, the answer was very clear.  The thing he always kept in mind was that a day of judgment was coming, not only for himself but for others (10).  And so he … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:1-10 — Though we may groan

In this passage, Paul continues his thought on why he had hope in the midst of trial. He says, Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal … Continue reading

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2 Corinthians 4 — How not to lose hope

Paul closes this chapter the same way he opens it: with hope.  Here was a man that had experienced so much that it would have been easy for him to lose hope. He had been hard pressed on every side, … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 4:5-15 — Who we proclaim

When people see us, what to do they see?  So many times we want to impress people with who we are and what we’ve accomplished.  I have to admit, it’s a struggle that I am constantly fighting in my life. … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 3:7-18 — Why we need never be ashamed

I touched on this yesterday, but I want to look at it much more deeply today.  We saw yesterday that when Moses received the ten commandments, his face initially glowed with the glory of the Lord. At first, because the … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 3:7-18 — Seeing the law for what it is

A lot of times as Christians, we think of Christianity as keeping a bunch of rules.  And so do the vast majority of non-Christians out there today.  But the glory that we have as Christians is not found in a bunch … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 3 — Letters from Christ

I must becoming ancient.  I still remember letters.  I remember receiving them, reading them, and writing them.  When I first came to Japan 20 years ago, email was around, I used it in university, but it was hardly common.  So … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 2:16b-3:6 — But how can someone like me make a difference?

Sometimes we read in the Bible passages like we saw yesterday, passages that say we are to be the aroma of Christ to those around us, or passages that call us to be his priests, and we ask, “How can … Continue reading

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2 Corinthians 2:14-16 — The fragrance life, the stench of death

As Christians, there will never be a point in time when everyone will like us.  Jesus was perfect, and still people hated him.  Why? Because of the aroma that flows out from Christ. Paul says something very interesting here in … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 2:5-11 — When there is repentance

When someone hurts us it can be easy to hold a grudge.  And even if they are truly sorry and apologize, sometimes we withhold that forgiveness.  Or sometimes we forgive, but we let them know in no uncertain terms that … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:23-2:4 — When we must confront

Confronting a brother or sister in their sin is never a pleasant thing.  Quite frankly, if you do think it is fun, you shouldn’t be doing it at all. But sometimes it is necessary, and here we see in Paul’s life … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:18-22 — Why we can have confidence in God

Sometimes, in the midst of trials, it can be easy to lose confidence in God.  One wonders if Paul ever came close to doing so, when he and his companions “were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, … Continue reading

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2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4 — When others misunderstand and accuse us

As you read this letter, you start to see that Paul and the Corinthians had been having a really tough time in their relationship. Apparently, some of the Corinthians had taken some of the things he had said in his earlier letter … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:10-11 — The importance of our prayers

Do our prayers really make a difference?  Or would God have just done what he was going to do anyway, even without our prayers? I think Paul definitely had his opinion on the matter.  He said concerning his trials, He … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:6-7 — Seeing beyond ourselves

As I was rereading these verses, it struck me that Paul was truly following the pattern of Christ. If Christ had merely been concerned about his own comfort, he would never have come to earth.  He would never have been born … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:3-5 — Called to be a channel, not a sponge

One of the great things about being a Christian is the blessings that God pours out in our lives.  And one of those blessings is the comfort that he gives us as we go through trials. But it’s so easy for … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:1-10 — Comfort in the midst of trial

This is probably one of my favorite passages in scripture.  Paul writes, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, … Continue reading

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