The second letter to the Corinthians is Paul's personal appeal to the church he founded in Corinth, a church influenced against Paul by false prophets. In describing the type of church leader that is pleasing to God, Paul reveals more about himself than in any other of his writings. It is as if we can see into his soul as he lovingly points out the faulty attitudes of the church at Corinth.
In addition to guidance on leadership and on other subjects, he also wrote about Christian giving. Paul was eager for the church to participate in the relief fund he was putting together for poor believers in Jerusalem. His rulings on these matters need to be applied to today's church.
For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
“there is a purpose in the fact that the treasure is in such jars of clay” (Page 118)
“In this verse, Paul makes a most striking and deeply moving assertion about what an early Christian writer (the author of The Epistle to Diognetus) described as a ‘sweet exchange’. Here is God in his amazing grace treating Christ as a sinner so that the sinner may be treated as righteous. The very strong language of the verse can mean nothing less than this. This is what theologians describe as ‘double imputation’. This means that our sin was reckoned his so that his righteousness might be reckoned ours! Could penal substitution be more clearly or more powerfully expressed than it is here? Can any fact be more deeply moving than this?” (Pages 151–152)
“When is truth most persuasive? When it is illustrated in the lives of those who proclaim it” (Page 141)
“We need to remember this today. Not only should the Word be preached, but there needs to be prayer too, because constant and total dependence on God to reveal his truth and to open blinded eyes is quite indispensable.” (Page 109)
“Could Paul in fact have been led to this word simply because of its ambiguity, and because it is true in this passage in both senses? There are other places where he seems to use a word or phrase with two senses, both perfectly appropriate to the context, and this phenomenon is found more in this epistle than anywhere else in his writings.2 If such ambiguity was his intention, he has penned a verse of great spiritual significance. How are we to become more like Christ? By reflecting his character. And how can we do this? By looking constantly at him. And what does this mean in practice? It means using the means of grace; it means meditating on the revelation of him in the Word of God and, through faith and in prayer, daily making him the spiritual centre of our lives.” (Pages 102–103)
[This commentary] provide food for thought and action.
—Olie Bullock, Note Bene
Geoffrey W. Grogan was Principal Emeritus of Glasgow Bible College before it became International Christian College, Glasgow. His theological studies were undertaken there and at the London Bible College. He served the College as a full-time lecturer for fourteen years before going south in 1965 to teach at LBC. In 1969 he returned to Glasgow as principal. He has served on four missionary councils, on the Strathclyde Education Committee and the Management Committee for the Cambridge University Diploma in Religious Studies. He has written books on the Trinity, the Person of Christ, Paul, the Psalms, and commentaries on Isaiah, Mark, and 2 Corinthians. He is now retired and has been a part-time pastor in a Baptist Church.