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Preaching Series on 2 Corinthians (2 of 5)
2 Corinthians 2:1-10 Commentary
by Lois Malcolm
[This is Week 2 of a 5-week preaching series on 2 Corinthians.]
Preaching text: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10; accompanying text: Matt 18:21-22
Theme: Forgiveness This section deals events that precipitated Paul’s writing to the Corinthians. Although we are not clear on precisely what happened, it appears that someone had mistreated Paul during a previous visit. Instead of revisiting them as he had said he would, Paul sent them a “painful” letter that they interpreted as a harsh rebuke.1
Paul seeks to communicate that he did not write the letter to cause them pain; he wrote it out of his overflowing love and deep joy in them. It appears, however, that as a result of his letter the community did, in fact, strongly rebuke the person who had created the problem -- whatever it was. Now Paul urges them to forgive and console that individual so that he might not be swallowed up with overwhelming shame. The word translated as “forgive” in 2 Corinthians 2:7 is ...
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