Perspectival outlines of the second epistle to the Corinthians



THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHRISTIAN SELF back to top

The Saint Transformed by the Revelation and Knowledge of the Glory of God back to top
  • The Lord is the Spirit Who Sets People Free (3:16,17)
  • Those Who Behold the Lord's Glory are Transformed into his Likeness (3:18)
  • The Gospel is Veiled to Those Who are Perishing (4:3,4)
  • God Made the Light of the Knowledge of his Glory in the Face of Christ Shine in our Hearts (4:6)
  • God Made Us for This Very Purpose and Gave Us the Spirit as a Deposit (5:5)
  • If Anyone is in Christ He is a New Creation (5:17)

The Saint Competently Equipped for Personal Ministry back to top
  • God Comforts Us in Trials So We Can Comfort Others (1:4)
  • Christian Planning is Deliberate after the Model of God's Plan (1:15)
  • Compassion is a Valid Reason to Alter Plans (1:23-2:4)
  • Being Led in Triumphal Procession, Aroma of Life, Aroma of Death (2:14-16)
  • Speaking with Sincerity, not Peddling for Money (2:17)
  • The Ministry of the Letter Kills, but the Ministry of the Spirit Gives Life (3:6)
  • The Ministry of the Spirit is Glorious (3:7-11)
  • Paul Preaches Christ as Lord, and Himself as Servant (4:5)
  • We Must All Stand before the Bema Seat of Christ (5:10)
  • Paul & Party as Ambassadors of Reconciliation for the World (5:18-20)
  • Generosity is a Test of the Sincerity of Love in the Model of Christ's Sacrifice (8:8)
  • Giving is Acceptable on the Basis of What One Has, not of What One Doesn't Have (8:12)
  • However a Person Sows is How a Person Reaps (9:6)
  • Each Person Should Cheerfully Give What He Has Decided in his Heart (9:7)
  • God is Able to Make the Giver Abound (9:8-11)
  • Meekness and the Bold Appeal for Christian Love (10:1,2)
  • Our Weapons are not the Weapons of the World (10:3-6)

When the Saint is Weak, God's Strength is Made Manifest back to top
  • Depression Should Press Us into Reliance upon God (1:9)
  • God Has an Unblemished Track Record of Deliverance (1:10)
  • God Causes Us to Stand, Having Set his Seal Upon Us (1:21,22)
  • Unseen Eternal Glory is Acheived through Seen Temporary Struggles (4:16-18)
  • When the Body is Destroyed, There is an Eternal House in Heaven (5:1)
  • While We are in the Body, and away from The Lord, We Live by Faith, not by Sight (5:6-9)
  • Christ Died for All, All Died So They Might Live for him (5:15)
  • God Made Christ to be Sin for Us, So that We Might Become Christ's Righteousness (5:21)
  • Do Not Be Yoked With Unbelievers (6:14-18)
  • Purify from Everything That Contaminates Body and Spirit, Perfecting Holiness (7:1)
  • Godly Sorrow Brings Repentance Which Leads to Salvation (7:8-13)
  • Horizontal Comparison is Unwise (10:12)
  • The Proper Parameters for Christian Boasting (10:13-18)
  • The Nature of False Apostles: Satan Who Masquerades as an Angel of Light (11:13-15)
  • Paul's Example of How the World Boasts (11:16-29)
  • Paul's Example of How a Christian Boasts (11:30-12:10)
  • When We are Weak, Then We are Strong (12:10)
  • We are Weak In Christ's Weakness, but Live by God's Power (13:4)


THE CHRISTIAN SELF IN COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS back to top

The Role of Self-Commendation In Christian Community back to top
  • The Corinthians as the Letter of Paul, Written on their Hearts (3:1-3)
  • Paul Sets Forth the Truth Plainly, Commending Himself to Men's Consciences (4:2)
  • Our Self-Evaluation is for the Sake of Producing Confidence in the Community (5:12,13)
  • The Power of a Devoted Life for Commendation to the Church (6:4-10)
  • The Importance of Follow Through as a Model for Others (9:1-5)
  • Paul Defends Himself before Those Who Should Have Commended Him (12:11-13)
  • Paul's Self Commendation is for The Strengthening of the Corinthian Church (12:19-21)

The Saint in Leadership in Christian Community back to top
  • Paul's Compassion is the Motivating Factor (1:23)
  • Leadership does not Lord Over but Walks alongside the Christian Community (1:24)
  • Paul Writes to Test the Corinthians (2:9)
  • We Put no Stumbling Block in Anyone's Path for Credibility's Sake (6:3)
  • The Use of Godly Sorrow to Bring Repentance (7:8-13)
  • Taking Pains to do What is Right in the Sight of God and Men (8:20,21)
  • Paul Ready to Punish Every Act of Disobedience (10:6)
  • Paul's Ministry was to Build Up, not to Tear Down (10:8)
  • Paul's Jealousy for the Corinthian Church (11:1ff)
  • Paul is not Inferior for Refusing to Lord It Over God's People (11:6ff)
  • Christ is not Weak in Dealing with Individuals in the Church, but Powerful (13:3,4)
  • Paul's Gladness in Weakness if the Church is Strong (13:9)
  • Paul's Prayer for the Church's Perfection (13:9)
  • Paul's Authority for Building Up, not Tearing Down (13:10)

The Spiritual Activity of the Saint in Christian Community back to top
  • The Powerful Personal Assistance of Prayer (1:11)
  • Paul's Communication for the Purpose of Mutual Understanding (1:13)
  • The Call to Comfort the Repentant Sinner in Due Time (2:5-8)
  • Paul's Confession of Faith is for the Sake of the Community (4:15)
  • We Know What It is to Fear the Lord, So We Try to Persuade Men (5:11)
  • Paul's Open Communication to the Corinthians (6:11)
  • Paul's Request for Corinthian Honesty and Communion with Him (6:12,13)
  • The Goal of Giving is Equality Among the Believers (8:13-15)
  • How the Community Treats the One Sent is How the Community Treats the Sender (8:22-24)
  • Giving is a Service and a Source of Others Outpouring of Thanksgiving to God (9:12-15)
  • Paul's Prayer for the Church to Do Right even if Paul Seems to Fail the Test (13:7)

The Mutual Feelings and Experiences among the Saints back to top
  • When We are Distressed or Comforted, It is for the Community (1:6)
  • Paul's Firm Hope for Fellow Sufferers (1:7)
  • Paul's Mutual Forgiveness for Those Forgiven (2:10,11)
  • We are not Ignorant of the Devil's Schemes to Destroy the Saints (2:11)
  • Our Struggle with Life and Death is for the Sake of our Community (4:10-12)
  • Paul's Request for Corinthians to Make Room for Him in their Hearts (7:2-4)
  • Paul's Joy Related to the Longing and Desire of the Corinthians (7:6,7)
  • Paul's Delight to See Titus' Joy in the Corinthian Response - Third-Party Joy (7:13-16)
  • The Use of the Example of the Macedonian Churches in Giving (8:1-7)
  • Titus and Paul's Mutual Concern (8:16-19)
  • Admonishment to Consider Another as Belonging to Christ (10:7)
  • Paul is not after their Possesions, but their Hearts (12:14-18)
  • Church Called to Discover that Paul does not Fail the Test of Faith (13:6)


WE PRESENTLY GROAN, LONGING TO BE CLOTHED back to top

The Christian's Inner Struggle back to top
  • Paul's Deep Depression (1:8,9)
  • We Presently Groan, Longing to be Clothed with our Heavenly Body (5:2)
  • Paul with Outer Conflicts, and Inner Fears (7:5)
  • Paul's Thorn in the Flesh (12:7-10)

The Christian's Inner Confidence back to top
  • The Boasting of a Confident Conscience (1:12-14)
  • Confidence of Conscience Based on Grace, not Man's Wisdom (1:12)
  • God is our Confidence, He Has Made Us Competent Ministers (3:4-6)
  • Hope in the Glory of the Ministry Produces Boldness (3:12-18)
  • The Ministry Received by Mercy Causes Us not to Lose Heart (4:1)
  • God Made the Light of the Knowledge of his Glory in the Face of Christ Shine in our Hearts (4:6)
  • Speach Follows Faith, Which is Rooted in Knowledge of the Resurrection (4:13,14)
  • What We are is Plain to God (5:11)
  • Paul's Integrity in Person as with His Letters (10:10,11)
  • Paul not Inferior to the Super-Apostles (11:6)
  • Paul's Heavenly Visions (12:1-6)
  • Paul Cannot Do Anything Against the Truth, Only for the Truth (13:8)

The Saint's Process of Inner Renewal back to top
  • Peace of Mind Acquainted with the Arrival of a Friend (2:13)
  • Where the Spirit is There is Liberty to be Transformed into the Image of Christ (3:16-18)
  • Paul Has Renounced Secret and Shameful Ways (4:2)
  • Focus on the Eternal Unseen, not the Temporary Which is Seen (4:18)
  • The Clothing of the Heavenly Body will Finally Remove All Shame (Nakedness) (5:3,4)
  • We Make It our Goal to Please him (5:9)
  • Christ's Love Compells Us (5:14)
  • Purify from Everything that Contaminates Body and Spirit, Perfecting Holiness (7:1)
  • Finish the Work so that Eagerness Matches Completion (8:11)
  • The Demolishing of Arguments and Pretenses Set Up against the Knowledge of God (10:5)
  • Test Your Self to See if You are in the Faith (13:5)

The Saint's Personal Paradox back to top
  • Where There is Deep Love, There is Deep Anguish (2:4)
  • The Treasure is in Jars of Clay to Reveal God's Power (4:7)
  • The Paradox of Intense Life and Death within Us (4:8-12)
  • Paul, Outwardly Waisting Away and Inwardly being Renewed (4:16)
  • Light and Momentary Troubles Achieve an Eternal Glory Which Far Outweighs Them (4:17)
  • The Fruit of Godly Sorrow is Repentance to Salvation (7:10)

DIACHRONIC OVERVIEW: THE CHRISTIAN SELF AS THE INTERSECTION OF THE "NOW" AND "NOT YET" back to top
  • Christ Causes All to Stand Firm in Him (1:21)
  • The Holy Spirit is the Present Seal of Ownership Guaranteeing What is to Come (1:22)
  • Christ Leads Us in Triumphal Procession as the Fragerence of Life and Death (2:14ff)
  • He Has Made Us Competent Ministers of the New Covenant (3:4-6)
  • When Anyone Comes to the Lord, the Veil is Taken Away (3:16)
  • Believers are Being Transformed into the Image of Christ (3:18)
  • The God of This Age Has Blinded the Mind of Unbelievers (4:3,4)
  • Our God Has Given Us Knowledge of his Glory in the Face of Christ (4:6)
  • We have the Tresure in Clay Jars to Show God's Power (4:7ff)
  • We Carry Around the Death of Christ so the Life of Christ might be Revealed (4:10)
  • We Have Present Knowledge that the One Who Raised Christ will also Raise Us All (4:14)
  • Outwardly We are Waisting Away, Inwardly We are being Renewed Every Day (4:16)
  • What is Seen is Temporary, What is Unseen is Eternal (4:18)
  • We Groan Longing to be Clothed with our Heavenly Dwelling (5:2-4)
  • God Made Us for This Purpose and Gave Us the Spirit as a Deposit Guaranteeing the Future (5:5)
  • We Must Appear before the Judgement Seat on Account of Things Done in the Body (5:10)
  • One Died for All, All Died in order to Live for Him (5:14,15)
  • If Anyone is in Christ, He is a New Creation; the Old Has Gone, the New Has Come (5:17)
  • Boasting About the Strength to Come and the Weakness that Persists (12:5)