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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Paul's SECOND letter to the Corinthians

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FRAMEWORKS: 2 Corinthians 13

In this ‘Framework' we use our usual text PLUS comment style to enable you, as simply as possible, to catch the sense of his writing.

    

FRAMEWORKS: 2 Cor 13: Get ready for a third visit

  

v.1-4 Paul's intended return with Christ's authority

v.5-10 A Call to get ready for that

v.11-14 Final Greetings

 

[Chapter Synopsis: A potential third visit is envisaged whereby the truth about the church can be ascertained and Paul will deal with rebels. Therefore they should check themselves out and put their house in order so he does not have to exercise Christ's authority when he comes.]

 

 

v.1-4 Paul's intended return with Christ's authority

 

v.1 (he wants the charges against them confirmed by a third visit) This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” [Deut. 19:15]

v.2,3 (he had warned them on his second visit so he will not spare any who have not repented when he comes again. They will see the power in his authority) I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

v.4 (as with Christ, weakness opened the way for power to be released) For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

 

[Passage Synopsis: A third visit will clarify the state of the church in Corinth and as he warned them before, so he warns them again now – he will deal with unrepentant rebels when he comes, with the power and authority Jesus gives him.]

 

 

v.5-10 A Call to get ready for that

 

v.5 (so check yourselves out, for Christ lives in you.) Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

v.6 (and I'm hoping you won't fail the test) And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.

v.7 (so I'm praying you will remain on track and do right, not for our benefit but yours) Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.

v.8 (.. for the truth will come out) For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

v.9 (we don't mind being weak if you can be strong in the faith) We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.

v.10 (that's why I write now, in order for you to have time to put things right) This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

 

[Passage Synopsis: If he comes with Christ's authority, he wants them to have time to put their house in order before he comes.]

 

 

v.11-14 Final Greetings

 

v.11 (so sort it out and rejoice) Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

v.12 (maintain holy relationships) Greet one another with a holy kiss.

v.13 (and all here greet you) All God's people here send their greetings.

v.14 (so may you know God's grace and love and the fellowship that comes with the Spirit) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

[Passage Synopsis: Concluding warm words.]     

Chapter Brief Summary/Recap:

Ch.13: Get ready for a third visit

•  He envisages a potential third visit whereby the truth about the church can be ascertained by him and he can deal with rebels

•  he expects them to check themselves out and put their house in order so he does not have to exercise Christ's authority when he comes.