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A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10–13

, 2007
ISBN: 9781441250315


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How do some of the Apostle Paul’s most passionate words help us understand our lives as Christians today? According to Bible scholar D. A. Carson, 2 Corinthians 10–13 clearly reveals Paul’s heart and mind. It contains such well-known passages as Paul’s description of his thorn in the flesh, as well as an intense chronicle of his specific sufferings. This section of Scripture also models Paul’s style of spiritual leadership and warns of false leadership in the church—something of crucial importance to anyone with an influential role in the body of believers.

Carson unpacks Paul’s call for us to embrace discipline and obedience and his thoughts on the nature of spiritual boasting. Through Paul we explore the struggles, opportunities, and intentions of a Christian under fire, journeying with him as he seeks to guide the Corinthian church and speak to us as well.

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Key Features

  • Provides an account of 2 Corinthians 10–13
  • Explores valuable lessons on Christian maturity
  • Offers practical applications for everyday life in the church


  • Orientation to 2 Corinthians 10–13
  • Disobedience versus Discipline
  • The Ugliness of Spiritual One-upmanship
  • The Danger of False Apostleship
  • Triumphalistic Qualifications
  • Destroying Super-Spiritual Visionaries
  • Open Rebuke
  • Warning and Prayer

Product Details

  • Title: A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10–13
  • Author: D. A. Carson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 192

About D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is a respected professor, author, and speaker. He is currently a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has been teaching since 1978. Carson earned an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary and a PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. He lectures in academic and church settings around the world.

Carson has written over 50 books, including his popular The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism and Exegetical Fallacies. He has also written commentaries in both The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series and the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

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“1. Because these chapters most clearly reveal the heart and mind of the apostle Paul” (Page 14)

“Paul’s language is steeped in irony because the concrete situation he faces is ironical: the Corinthians are confusing meekness with weakness, gentleness with servility, and utterly ignoring the dominant characteristics of the Redeemer they claim to acknowledge as Lord.” (Page 44)

“What makes this passage unique is the clarity with which it reveals the heart and mind of the apostle Paul” (Page 14)

“When he tells us that his weapons demolish arguments, therefore, he does not simply mean that he can out-debate any opponent and drive him shamefaced from the stage. He means something far more: his weapons destroy the way people think, demolish their sinful thought patterns, the mental structures by which they live their lives in rebellion against God. In his own words, his spiritual weapons tear down ‘every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God’ (v. 5).” (Page 56)

“In one sense, of course, God did indeed answer Paul’s prayer, but not as the apostle wished. Calvin rightly distinguishes between means and ends in prayer. The end that Paul wanted was relief from the thorn, and he simply assumed that the means would be the thorn’s removal. But God granted the ends by another means: he gave relief from the thorn, not by removing it, but by adding more grace, sufficient grace. The Lord promised Paul that in the distress caused by this messenger from Satan, he would always find that divine grace afforded him a sufficient supply to enable him to bear up as a Christian.” (Page 154)

D. A. Carson

D.A. Carson (b. 1946) is one of the most respected New Testament scholars in the world. A respected teacher, author, and speaker, he is currently research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the president of The Gospel Coalition. He has served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church and as the first dean of the seminary of Northwest Baptist Theological College, now known as Northwest Baptist Seminary. Logos has collected his sermons—including audio—in the D.A. Carson Sermon Archive.

Carson lectures in academic and church settings around the world, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Exegetical Fallacies, Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John, The Gagging of God, Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14 and the Intolerance of Tolerance. He is the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, and coedited of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament with G.K. Beale, and the Studies in New Testament Greek series with Stanley Porter. You can find more of Carson’s work in the Baker D.A. Carson Collection (15 vols.).


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