Resources from 2 Corinthians

Blinded by Satan

Mar 31 THE practice of blinding men is a horrible process, too horrible for us to say another word about it; but there is also a spiritual blindness which comes upon some men. These are, to begin with, unbelievers. The god of this world does not blind believers; but ho blinds the minds of them which believe not. It is, therefore, a very dangerous thing not to believe on the Son of...

2 Corinthians 4:4

A Paradox

Nov 4 THE expression is paradoxical, and seems somewhat singular; yet it was the experience of the apostle Paul, a man of calm spirit, by no means fanciful, a wise man, and far removed from a fanatic. It was the experience of one who was led of the Spirit of God, and therefore it was a gracious experience: the experience of one who was a father in Israel, who could safely bid...

2 Corinthians 12:10

Poverty and Riches

Mar 22 I AM very weary to-night, having had day after day, almost without cessation, to make a supreme effort to address large assemblies. I felt, therefore, that the only subject that I could handle would be some theme that was restful, and did not require any great thought on the part of the preacher or his hearers. I want to have a bath and rest myself while I am speaking to...

2 Corinthians 8:9

The Heart of the Gospel

Jul 28 THE heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. They who preach this truth preach the gospel in whatever else they may be mistaken; but they who preach not the atonement, whatever else they declare, have missed the soul and substance of the divine message. In these days I feel bound to go over and over again the elementary truths of...

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

The Proof of Our Ministry

Jun 29 THE apostle had much joy in being the founder, the father, and the fosterer of so many churches, but this joy brought with it constant and heavy trial. Care pressed heavily upon him, for he mentions it as the crown and crush of all his burdens, — “That which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” He was not simply as a father among them, but he...

2 Corinthians 8:3-5

The Tent Dissolved and the Mansion Entered

May 6 PAUL ranks among the bravest of the brave. We note also with admiration how the hero of so many dangers and conflicts, who could glow and burn with fervour, was yet among the calmest and quietest of spirits. He had learned to live beyond those present circumstances which worry and disturb; he had stolen a march upon the shadows of time, and entered into possession of the realities of eternity....

2 Corinthians 5:1

The True Gospel, No Hidden Gospel

Jun 4 I THINK in this case the Revised New Testament gives a better translation than does the Authorized Version, and I will therefore read it:— “But and if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that are perishing in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,...

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

The Gift Unspeakable

Jul 25 PAUL had spoken of the liberality of the Corinthian believers, and he had endeavoured to stir them up to a prudent preparation for displaying it. “Now, therefore,” said he, “perform the doing of it, that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which you have.” He closes his exhortation by this remarkable sentence: “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable...

2 Corinthians 9:15

Sentence of Death, the Death of Self-Trust

May 2 WE are justified, dear friends, in speaking about our own experience when the mention of it will be for the benefit of others. Especially is this the case with leaders in the church such as Paul; for their experience is rich and deep, and the rehearsal of it comes with great weight, and is peculiarly valuable. We are all the better when we are distressed for discovering that such an...

2 Corinthians 1:9

The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ

Sep 7 THE apostle is explaining the reason for his preaching Christ with so much earnestness: he had received divine light, and he felt bound to spread it. One great motive power of a true ministry is trusteeship. The Lord has put us in trust with the gospel; he has filled us with a treasure with which we are to enrich the world. The text explains in full what it is with...

2 Corinthians 4:6