2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 1‑13  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 12
Consoled by the news that his first epistle had had its effect in producing repentance and putting away of the offender, he now enjoins them to forgive and receive him. He contrasts the ministry of the two covenants; shows how God passes the treasure-laden earthen vessel through circumstances in order that the life of Jesus might shine out; the love of Christ constraining His own of the new creation to live unto Him, so as to commend His grace and salvation to others, while avoiding all links with unbelievers. He rejoices because of the results of their godly sorrow and encourages them to abound in graciously caring for their poorer brethren. He contrasts his ministry with that of the deniers of his apostleship, reciting his own life of escapes, and then, after fourteen years keeping it secret, tells of his having been caught up into Paradise, and afterward being given a humbling thorn to keep him entirely dependent upon the grace of Christ.
Written by Paul 60 A.D. from some place in Macedonia.