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Chapter 7 verses 2 to 16

Chapter 7 verses 2 to 16

(This will be the final devotion on 2 Corinthians posted on this website until May, when I have my next sabbatical month.  10ofThose have kindly agreed to publish these devotions upon their completion so if you have any constructive feedback, I'd love to hear it.  Please contact me at neil@headleyparkchurch.org.uk)   These verses are the emotional peak of 2 Corinthians.  Paul...
Chapter 6 verse 14 to Chapter 7 verse 1

Chapter 6 verse 14 to Chapter 7 verse 1

Paul desperately wants to restore the relationship between himself and the believers in Corinth.  This isn’t because he is needy and can’t handle their rejection emotionally, but because he is convinced his pattern of ministry is the way Christ calls those who truly belong to him to live and to lead.  If the Corinthians go after more impressive leaders, who don’t live h...
Chapter 6 verses 1 to 13

Chapter 6 verses 1 to 13

2 Corinthians is Paul’s most personal letter. As we’ve seen repeatedly, and as Paul spells out in verses 11 to 13, he opened up his heart to the believers in that city again and again. He did that because the church in Corinth had often rejected his apostleship and were chasing after more impressive leaders.  Paul wanted this church to understand his motivation as a minister of t...
Chapter 5 verses 21

Chapter 5 verses 21

In the previous devotion we didn’t touch directly on this verse because it is worthy of a lifetime of meditation all on its own!  There is so much of the content of the gospel, the message of reconciliation (verse 18), in this one verse that we will briefly consider each phrase to help us in our evangelism. “God made…” The initiative for our reconciliation didn&rsqu...
Chapter 5 verses 11 to 21

Chapter 5 verses 11 to 21

In these verses we find the core convictions which underpinned Paul’s entire ministry.  Paul lived as an ambassador for Jesus, taking his gospel message into a hostile world (verses 18 to 20). Paul has been building up to these words since chapter 2 verse 14, when he broke off from explaining how he tried to meet up with Titus in Macedonia (a story he will pick up again in chapter 7 ve...