Concordia Theological Monthly

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st. paul, judgment, justice, st. luke, sermon study, corinthians

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Over against the calumnies of his opponents and the misunderstandings of his beloved Corinthians, Paul defends in chaps.1-7 of his Second Letter to the Corinthians the sincerity of his purpose and the genuineness and glory of his apostolic calling. As the prophets of the Old Testament had been called mad fellows, 2 Kings 9:11; Jer. 29:26 f.; as Christ had been similarly stigmatized, Mark 3:21,22; John 7:20, so, in order to disparage Paul's person and message, his opponents had charged him with being a madman, out of his senses, a visionary and deceiver. In v.13 Paul had assured his readers that, if he and Timothy, carried away by the power of the Gospel they proclaimed, might have seemed beside themselves, might have seemed overzealous, this was due only to their anxious desire to do full justice to God's will and calling. If, on the other hand, they had been sober, "of sound understanding'' (Meyer), "keeping their wits" (Lenski), "sober-minded" (Exp. Gr. Test.), then they served only the interests of the Christian congregation. Their God and their fellow-Christians were at all times uppermost in their minds in all their activities. Their own person was studiously relegated into the background. An example worthy of emulation for every pastor. And now Paul goes on to uncover the hidden


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 2 Kings 9:11; Jeremiah 29:26; Mark 3:21-22; John 7:20; 1 Timothy 1:13; Luke 12:35; Mark 4:24; Luke 4:38; Acts 28:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Philippians 1:21; Galatians 5:20; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 3:1-14;

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