Resources from 2 Corinthians

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

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

All the Promises

Aug 31 As the result of a very simple incident, a sublime truth may be proclaimed. It was so in the instance referred to in this chapter. These Corinthians had misrepresented the apostle Paul, and spoken ill of him. He might have ignored their unkindness, and said nothing about it; but, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, he was led to act otherwise; and, while defending his own. character for consistency,...

2 Corinthians 1:20

Comforted and Comforting

Jun 15 THE apostle was a much-tried man, and he lived in an age when all believers were peculiarly tried. The persecutions of that time were excessively severe, and every man who called himself a Christian had to carry his life in his hand. In this tribulation, the apostle had the largest share, because he was the most prominent and indefatigable teacher that the Church of Christ then possessed. We have here...

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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

Sorrow and Sorrow

Jul 31 MANY years ago, and indeed in some measure to a later date, preachers of the Word seemed mainly to dwell upon the inner experience of men. They both preached sermons and wrote books in which they set forth the condition of convinced sinners, describing what they usually felt before they found peace with God. They were very strict in their search for the genuine tokens of true repentance, and the...

2 Corinthians 7:10