Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul resolves his conflict with the Corinthians by showing how the scandal of the crucifixion turns our value systems upside-down.
Watch our Read Scripture video on 2 Corinthians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 2 Corinthians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 2 Corinthians
Paul addressed problems in the Corinth church in 1 Corinthians, but many rejected his advice. He followed up with a painful visit and then sent them 2 Corinthians, a letter that assured them he forgave and loved them. After reading the letter, many church members repented and embraced the letter's message.
Essentially, it challenges believers to see life through the paradox of the cross. Because of the cross and God's Spirit, Jesus' followers receive power to live transformed lives. They become equipped to take up Jesus' cruciform life and make it their own.
Through the cross and resurrection, believers may live differently and model the values God desires, including generosity, humility, and weakness.
Despite a division between Paul and the Corinthian Christians, he offers forgiveness and desires an open and honest relationship, which he affirms in 2 Corinthians.
Corinthian Christians admire wealthy and eloquent leaders and ask Paul to prove his authority. He says they are his proof, as God's new covenant people.
Rather than seek wealth and status, Christians should embrace the paradox of the cross and the cruciform life that transforms them to love and serve.
The gospel transforms all believers into generous people who give freely out of their gratitude for the gift of salvation they received through Jesus.
Paul is weak and flawed, but he reminds the Corinthians that inadequacies reveal the love and grace of Jesus, whose power is perfected through weakness.