By R. Kent Hughes
In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth used to be a newly rebuilt, bustling, very important urban within the Roman Empire. It was once a spot filled with satisfaction, individualism, wealth, and spiritual pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound standard? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with historic Corinth. The relevance of this booklet to church buildings at the present time is wonderful. Paul can provide strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman global upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the move, and God's energy made ideal in weak point. He demanding situations us to dwell counterculturally. during this remark on 2 Corinthians, Pastor R. Kent Hughes conscientiously examines this letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, carrying on with to supply wealthy biblical perception for the physique of Christ.
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As the Corinthians heard this read — “He delivered us . . he will deliver us . . he will deliver us again” — the certitude of deliverance from crushing circumstances gently freshened their souls. This is the endless refrain that comes to all committed believers — God by nature is the Deliverer, Redeemer, and Savior who raises the dead. The one thing that you can be sure of as a child of God is that he will deliver you in the midst of your affliction as you call upon him. There is no doubt about this.
Christ’s forgiveness. What we must see is that the power to forgive was given to Paul “in the presence of Christ” (literally, “in the face of Christ”), as Christ looked on in approval and empowerment. Jesus Christ taught that unwillingness to forgive is evidence of not having experienced his forgiveness. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask him to effect this reality: “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). The Lord drives the truth home in no uncertain terms in the next sentence after the great prayer: “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (6:14, 15).
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