For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God who were highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentary Series, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness, presents the very best work on individual Bible books for today's believers. The apostle Paul's epistles to the church at Corinth are masterpieces of spiritual truth applied to crisis within the church—crises of both belief and practice. In his second letter to the Corinthians, the most personal and heart-wrenchingly honest of all his epistles, Paul commends the value of earthly trials—God's power at work in our weakness; inner renewal despite outward suffering; eternal treasures—that resoundingly testifies to God's faithfulness in adversity. Whether used for supplementary reading or for careful study, it will prove profitable to every follower of Christ who opens his or her heart to its gems.
“To ‘reconcile’ is to remove enmity between parties at variance with each other.” (2 Corinthians 5:18)
“To be in Christ is the common scriptural phrase to express the saving connection or union between him and his people. They are in him by covenant, as everyone was in Adam; they are in him as members of his body, through the indwelling of his Spirit; and they are in him by faith, which lays hold of and appropriates him as the life and inheritance of the soul (Romans 8:1, 9; Galatians 5:6; etc.). This union is transforming. It imparts a new life. It effects a new creation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“The old has gone, the new has come! Old opinions, views, plans, desires, principles, and affections have gone; new views of truth, new principles, new apprehensions of human destiny, and new feelings and purposes fill and govern the soul.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“The antithesis between ‘sin’ and ‘righteousness.’ He was made sin; we are made righteous. The only sense in which we are made the righteousness of God is that we are regarded and treated as righteous in Christ; and, therefore, the sense in which he was made sin is that he was regarded and treated as a sinner. His being made sin is consistent with his being free from sin in himself; and our being made righteous is consistent with our being ungodly in ourselves. In other words, our sins were imputed to Christ, and his righteousness is imputed to us. In Galatians 3:13 the apostle says that Christ became ‘a curse for us,’ which is equivalent to saying that he was made sin for us. In both cases the idea is that he bore the punishment of our sins.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)