Lesson No. 537
II Corinthians Chapter 1
"Second Letter to the Church"

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Greetings from Paul
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 2 grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We pass on God’s comfort to others 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 11 ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. Paul’s change of plans 12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14 as also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. 15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; 16 and to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea. 17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? 18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Lesson No. 357                   "Second Letter to the Church"

2nd Corinthians 1                                                                    10/25/2020

1)     What do you think of Paul's opening to the second letter (note- the first letter didn't work very well)?    (Verses 1 and 2)

2)     Verses 3 and 4 state two very important aspects of comfort and comforting- what are they?

3)     Suffering is part of life, but in verses 5 and 6, Paul says that the apostles suffer for the church and are comforted by the church, but what is the point?  What does verse 7 mean?

4)     Paul goes on to say that they had pretty tough times in Asia; how bad does he say it was?  (hint- verses 8 and 9)

5)     Despite the difficulty, what did Paul learn from this experience? (hint- verse 10)

6)     What gift did the church at Corinth give to Paul and his traveling companions through these trials in Asia?  (hint- verse 11)

7)     Despite continued problems in this church, what does Paul say this church is to him?  Is it mutual? (hint- verse 12-14)

8)     Paul had told them he would visit after the first letter, but he did not because God had not instructed him to do so.  How does Paul handle this in verses 15 through 18?

9)     Paul uses this example to teach what truth about Jesus?  (hint- verses 19 and 20)

10)   Who is Paul talking about in verses 21 and 22, and who or what is the 'earnst' of the Spirit or God?  Is this important to us?

11)    Paul closes in 23 and 24 telling why he did not visit, and also a message of faith.

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