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2 Corinthians
Part 2

While the epistle of 2nd Corinthians seems to divide itself into three sections
naturally, the epistle is a difficult one to outline due to the emotional appeal rather
than logical appeal which characterizes much of the work. 1st Corinthians appeals
to logical argument; 2nd Corinthians appeals to emotional ties between Paul and
Corinth and the labor of the gospel. This is not to say logical argumentation is
lacking in this epistle; but, rather to say that emotions play a major part.

The epistle deals with: 1) the character of labor which Paul had expended, was
expending, and would expend upon behalf of Corinth; 2) the collection for the
saints in Jerusalem; and, 3) the condemnation of the insinuations of some deriding
the character and authority of Paul.

Paul plainly shows in this epistle his heart and soul are in the proclamation of the
gospel of Christ.

For we are not as many which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of
God, in the sight of God, speak we in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:17)

There was a difference between Paul and those false teachers who troubled the
church passing themselves off for what they were not.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the
apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers
of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-

An Outline

1)        Salutation (1:1-2)
2)        The character of the labor (1:3-7:16)
  a)        Afflicted for their consolation and salvation (1:3-14)
  b)        Postponement of his visit (1:15-24)
  c)        Concerning the withdrawal of fellowship of the 1st letter (2:1-11)
  d)        Journey into Macedonia (2:12-17)
  e)        Commendation of Paul (3:1-6:10)
          i)        The existence of the church at Corinth (3:1-18)
                  (1)        By the gospel
                  (2)        Not by the law
          ii)        Preaching Christ Jesus the Lord (4:1-7)
          iii)        The suffering of afflictions (4:8-18)
          iv)        The reasons for Paul’s ministry and endurance (5:1-21)
                  (1)        An house not made with hands, eternal in the
                                  heavens (5:1-8)
                  (2)        The judgment (5:9-11)
                  (3)        The love of Christ (5:12-17)
                  (4)        The ministry of reconciliation (5:18-21)
          v)        The character of Paul’s ministry (6:1-10)
  f)        Separation from the world (6::11-7:1)
          i)        Hope in coming to Corinth (7:2-7)
          ii)        Commendation of their comfort (7:2-7)
          iii)        Thankful for their repentance (7:8-12)
          iv)        Sending Titus for their obedience (7:13-16)
3)        Collection for the saints in Jerusalem (8:1-9:15)
  a)        The example of Macedonia (8:1-7)
  b)        The example of Christ (8:8-9)
  c)        Titus and others coming to encourage (8:10-24)
  d)        The liberality of Corinth (9:1-15)
4)        Condemnation of Insinuations (10:1-13:10)
  a)        Some may reject Paul, but what is important is the Lord’s
                  judgment (10:1-18)
  b)        Paul is not a whit behind the very chiefest of apostles (11:1-12:13)
          i)        In jealousy over them (11:1-3)
          ii)        In the gospel (11:4-5)
          iii)        Not to be behind because he refused wages (11:6-9)
          iv)        Some are false apostles (11:10-15)
          v)        In work (11:6-33)
          vi)        Glory in other’s revelation (12:1-5)
          vii)        Glory in own infirmities (12:6-10)
          viii)        In signs, wonders and mighty deeds (12:11-12)
  c)        The third coming (12:13-13:10)
          i)        Not burdensome to them (12:14-19)
          ii)        Fear of finding them in sin (12:20-21)
          iii)        A coming with power if necessary (13:1-10)
5)        Farewell (13:11-14)

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