Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Purpose

Characteristics

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. INTRODUCTION 1:1-11

A. Salutation 1:1-2

B. Thanksgiving for comfort in affliction 1:3-11

1. Thanksgiving for comfort 1:3-7

2. Thanksgiving for deliverance 1:8-11

II. ANSWERS TO INSINUATIONS ABOUT THE SINCERITY OF PAUL'S COMMITMENT TO THE CORINTHIANS AND TO THE MINISTRY 1:127:16

A. Defense of Paul's conduct with regard to his promised visit and the offender 1:122:17

1. The postponement of the intended visit 1:122:4

The sincerity of Paul's conduct 1:12-14

The consistency of Paul's conduct 1:15-22

The loving motivation of Paul's conduct 1:232:4

2. The treatment of the offender and the result of the severe letter 2:5-17

The treatment of the offender 2:5-11

Paul's recent journey to Macedonia 2:12-13

Thanksgiving for a share in Christ's triumph 2:14-17

B. Exposition of Paul's view of the ministry 3:16:10

1. The superiority of Christian ministry to Mosaic ministry 3:1-11

Testimonial letters 3:1-3

The old and new covenants 3:4-11

2. The great boldness of the new ministers 3:124:6

The openness of Christian ministry 3:12-18

The encouragement of Christian ministry 4:1-6

3. The sufferings and supports of a minister of the gospel 4:75:10

The contrast between the message and the messenger 4:7-15

The contrast between outward deterioration and inward renewal 4:16-18

The contrast between our present and our future dwellings 5:1-10

4. The life of a minister of Christ 5:116:10

The constraining love of Christ 5:11-15

The new creation 5:16-17

The ministry of reconciliation 5:18-21

Paul's example as an ambassador of Christ 6:1-10

Trials of a general nature

Sufferings inflicted by other people

Hardships inflicted on self for the furtherance of the gospel

C. Appeal for restoration of the Corinthians' confidence in Paul 6:117:16

1. An appeal for large-heartedness and consistency 6:117:4

The appeal stated 6:11-13

The counter-balancing caution 6:147:1

Restatement of the appeal 7:2-4

2. The encouraging responses of the Corinthians so far 7:5-16

Paul's encouragement at their response 7:5-13a

Titus' encouragement at their response 7:13b-16

III. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE COLLECTION FOR THE POOR SAINTS IN JUDEA 8:19:15

A. The example of the Macedonians 8:1-7

B. The supreme motive for giving 8:8-15

C. The delegates of the churches 8:16-24

D. The anticipated visit of Paul 9:1-5

E. The benefits of generous giving 9:6-15

IV. APPEALS CONCERNING PAUL'S APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY 10:113:10

A. Replies to charges made against Paul 10:1-18

1. Reply to the charge of cowardice 10:1-6

2. Reply to the charge of weakness 10:7-11

3. Reply to the charge of intrusion 10:12-18

B. Claims made by Paul 11:112:18

1. Paul's reasons for making these claims 11:1-6

2. Freedom to minister without charge 11:7-15

3. Paul's service and sufferings 11:16-33

4. Special revelations Paul received 12:1-10

5. Paul's supernatural miracles and paternal love 12:11-18

Paul's previous conduct in Corinth 12:11-13

Paul's proposed conduct in Corinth 12:14-18

C. Exhortations in view of Paul's approaching visit 12:1913:10

1. Paul's concerns 12:19-21

2. Paul's warnings 13:1-10

V. CONCLUSION 13:11-14

A. The exhortation 13:11-12

B. The salutation 13:13

C. The benediction 13:14

Appendix

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