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


Baker 2007

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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.