The second epistle of Apostle Paul to the Corinthians is a remarkable one. No brief outlet can give any idea of the wealth and warmth, though Apostles Paul’s main object in writing was to indicate his Apostolic authority, especially as the church in Corinth which have been invaded by false apostles, false teachers who were seeking to undermine his authority and to lead the people away from the Gospel which they have received from him.
He writes, however as no mere authoritarian but rather as the spiritual father of the Corinthian believers, who loves them and yearns that they should reciprocate his love and remain faithful to the truth he has imparted to them. The situation in Corinth was such that it was necessary for Paul to speak about himself. Although appealing to their own personal and intimate knowledge of him and his character, and reminding them of the great sufferings and hardships he had endured in order to bring the message of salvation to them, he does so with transparent humility and sincerity and indeed with embarrassment. Throughout the epistle, the dignity, the devotion, the serene faith and the passionate dedication of Apostle Paul shine forth with an intense glow that warns all but the most willfully unresponsive hearts.
He set himself before his readers as one who himself is utterly weak and worthless but through whose weakness, the grace and power of Almighty God are magnified. In contrast to the self-esteem and self interest of the false Apostles, is Paul’s self effacement. All is of God and to the glory of God, the keynote sounded sweetly through the whole epistle is that of divine assurance to him. And he said unto me, ‘my grace is sufficient for thee” for my strength is made perfect in weakness – see Chapter 12:9.
The rediscovery in our day of this epistle, with its doctrine of reconciliation in Christ and its theme of glory through suffering means a renewal of the vision and vitality of God’s people and through them, blessing to multitudes who are yet in spiritual darkness.
THE OUTLINE Of THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS: SPECIAL GREETINGS-CHAPTER 1:1-11
Expression of thanksgiving and trust-Chapter 1:3-11 PAUL’S ANSWER TO HIS CRITICS-Chapter 1:12;7:16.
The variation of his plan for visiting Corinth-Chapter 1:12;2:14
Punishment and forgiveness of the serious offender-Chapter 2:5-11
Paul’s disappointment at not finding Titus in Treas-Chapter 2:12-16
Paul’s letters of commendation -Chapter 2;173:5
Comparison of the old and the new covenants-Chapter 3:6-18
The character of Paul’s ministry-Chapter 4:1-6
Paul’s confidence in the face of affliction-Chapter 4:7:10
The Ministry of reconciliation-Chapter 5:116:10
Paul’s appeal to the Corinthians-Chapter 6:117:4
The meeting with Titus in Macedonia-Chapter 7:5-16
THE COLLECTION FOR THE POOR CHRISTIAN AT JERUSALEM Chapter 8:19:15
PAUL AFFIRMS HIS APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY-CHAPTER 10:113:14
Accusation of cowardice and weakness answered-Chapter 10:1-11
The invasion of his territory by unauthorized persons-Chapter 10:12-18
Vindication of the Authenticity of his Apostleship-Chapter 11:112:18
Warning to any who continues to oppose his authority-Chapter 12:1913:10
An Exhortation and salutation-Chapter 13:11-14