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Download e-book for iPad: 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

By R. Kent Hughes

In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth was once a newly rebuilt, bustling, vital urban within the Roman Empire. It used to be a spot jam-packed with delight, individualism, wealth, and spiritual pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound frequent? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with historical Corinth. The relevance of this ebook to church buildings this present day is astonishing. Paul grants strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman global upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the move, and God's energy made ideal in weak point. He demanding situations us to dwell counterculturally. during this statement on 2 Corinthians, Pastor R. Kent Hughes rigorously examines this letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, carrying on with to supply wealthy biblical perception for the physique of Christ.

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There are also other mistakes or misconceptions we must avoid. One is that if you follow hard after Christ you will encounter immense afflictions, and if you’re not afflicted, it’s because you’re not following as you ought. Not so! We must remember that our individual afflictions are sovereignly bestowed by God’s loving hand, as were Paul’s. Some committed Christians lead far more tranquil and healthy lives than other believers with like commitments. We must also never make the foolish mistake of imagining that those who suffer more than others are more spiritual.

14) Paul uses this brief account of his tough time in Troas to set up a mighty restatement of his central theme: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2:14). Triumphal procession. 3 He was clothed in a purple toga and a tunic stitched with palm fronds. 4 In Paul’s day, triumphal processions were conducted with grand theatrical pomp, always with a train of conquered subjects in a vast vanguard.

Notwithstanding our love for our family and friends, and the loss they will feel at our departure, if one one-hundredth of what the Scriptures say about Heaven is true, it is a wonder that when we get old we hang on to life as we do. So I embrace the statistical realities of a possible score of years. It is actually a sweet thing to grow old as a Christian. It is always “far better” to be with the Lord (Philippians 1:23). Death, as C. S. Lewis said, is “Chapter One of the Great Story . . ”1 But there is another spiritual reality that we ought to embrace but that is not so easy to do.

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