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Second Visit (A.D. 56): Paul experienced a “painful” visit to Corinth (1Co 4: 19; 2Co 2: 1– 2). Shortly after this visit he wrote a third letter (now lost), sending it via Titus as a letter of “many tears,” pleading with the Corinthians to change their behavior (2: 3– 9, 13; 7: 6– 15; 8: 6). Some scholars believe that this letter of “tears” was either 1 Corinthians or 2 Corinthians 10– 13.
2 Corinthians 7
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Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
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Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.
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For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within.
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But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.
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For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Further study: Christianity’s Founder: Paul or Jesus?
2 Corinthians 7 In modern times it has been popular among some groups to argue that Paul took the simple message of Jesus and created from it something totally different: “Christianity.” This argument is flawed. While there are certainly different emphases in the teachings of Jesus and Paul, these are largely due to their unique ministry environments. Jesus operated within Palestinian Judaism, where the Law of Moses was widely taught, while Paul functioned mainly among pagans, who were powerfully influenced by the surrounding Greco-Roman cultures. In any event, the points of convergence between the two vastly outweigh the differences.
The most crucial point of agreement is Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. Today many argue that Jesus and the primitive church held to a “low Christology” that regarded the Messiah as little more than a great man, whereas Paul and other second-century Hellenistic Christians developed a “high Christology,” in which Jesus is declared to be a divine figure. It is true that Jesus himself kept his Messianic identity quiet throughout much of his ministry, but this was not because of any self-doubt regarding his identity or mission. Rather, he realized that people would fundamentally misunderstand the true calling of the Messiah. The events surrounding the last week of his life (the Triumphal Entry, the action in the temple, the Last Supper, etc.) demonstrate that he understood himself to be the Messiah. Furthermore, Jesus frequently and without hesitation claimed for himself divine prerogatives, such as the right to dictate the Law, as God had done at Sinai (Mt 7: 24– 29) and to forgive sin (Mt 9: 2). Also, the ex-Pharisee Paul could hardly use the title Christos (Greek for “Messiah”) outside of a Jewish pattern of thinking.
Equally important is the convergence between Jesus and Paul in terms of the characteristics of kingdom life. Where did Paul learn the absolute centrality of the love commandment (1Co 13; Gal 5: 6, 14)? Where did he learn that Christians are to love even their enemies (Ro 12: 14– 21)? Where indeed did he learn to overthrow the traditional values of society and joyfully take on the role of a servant (1Co 1: 26– 31)? Where, in short, did he learn that the cross was God’s paradoxical path to victory (1Co 1: 23; Gal 6: 14; Php 2: 5– 11), the means by which God would bring new life to the world? The obvious answer to all of these questions: from the teachings of Jesus, the author of our faith.
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