Resources from 2 Corinthians

Expected Proof of Professed Love

IN every believer’s heart there is love to God. He cannot else be a child of God. In every Christian’s soul there is love to Jesus Christ. How could he be a Christian otherwise? As a consequence of this, in every Christian’s bosom there is a love to the brotherhood: — “We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren.” In every Christian’s breast...

2 Corinthians 8:24

A Sermon Upon One Nothing by Another Nothing

THE divine discipline had succeeded well with the apostle Paul. There was danger of his being exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelation which he received, and therefore there was given him a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet him: this trial fully answered its purpose, and Paul remained a lowly-minded servant of Jesus Christ. His humility comes out in the incident before us....

2 Corinthians 12:11

Faith versus Sight

I THINK the apostle is here explaining how it was he could say, that whilst lie was at home in the body, he was absent from the Lord; and through what means he felt that this was not the state in which he wished ever to be. Having been possessed, and actuated, and moved by the principle of faith, he was not content to tabernacle in a body which could...

2 Corinthians 5:7

Vanities and Verities

Oct 30 THE apostle Paul was by no means a stoic. He had not conquered all human feeling, and rendered himself a stone man. On the contrary, he was exceedingly sensitive. You can see abundant evidence, not only in the Acts of the Apostles, but also in the tone of all his epistles, that he has a very tender spirit. He feels acutely any unkindness. If a friend forsakes him, he mourns...

2 Corinthians 4:18

God’s Unspeakable Gift

Jan 8 IF you will read, at home, the chapter from which our text is taken, you will find that Paul was stirring up the Corinthians to an act of liberality. He had boasted of what they would do, and he had just a little fear that they might fall behind, and not quite come up to what he had promised on their behalf. He stirred them up to liberal giving, telling...

2 Corinthians 9:15

Christ’s Motive and Ours

Nov 29 THE true test of any action lies in its motive. Many a deed, which seems to be glorious, is really mean and ignoble because it is done with a base intention; while other actions, which appear to be poor and paltry, if we truly understood them, would be seen to be full of the glory and beauty of a noble purpose. The mainspring of a watch is the most important...

2 Corinthians 8:9

The Best Donation

Apr 5 HERE we see the apostle Paul disappointed, though he was never discontented. God had taught him how to abound, and how to suffer need. In the school of grace he had learned contentment; but at this time he had met with disappointment. Things had not happened as he thought they would have done, and now he tells the Corinthians how the churches of Macedonia have disappointed him. “This they did,...

2 Corinthians 8:5

Not Sufficient, and yet Sufficient

Aug 24 PAUL had given some account of what God had done by him, and had described the work in these words— “Ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” Before he had worked out that charming figure, he had asked the question...

2 Corinthians 3:5, 6

Praise for the Gift of Gifts

Jul 27 IN the chapter from, which my text is taken, Paul is stirring up the Christians at Corinth to be ready with liberal gifts for the poor saints at Jerusalem. He finishes by reminding them of a greater gift than any they could bring, and by this one short word of praise, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift,” he sets all their hearts a-singing. Let men give as liberally...

2 Corinthians 9:15

The Gospel of the Glory of Christ

Mar 31 SHINING in the centre of the verse, like a pearl in its setting, you find these words. Literally and accurately translated, they run thus: “The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” This is the form given to my text in the Revised Version, and I shall follow it, because it, word for word, follows the original.      Paul was a man of one idea. The gospel of...

2 Corinthians 4:4