2 Corinthians 1-7 New Testament – 2023 Lesson 37 September 11-17, 2023

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This is a commentary on 2 Corinthians 1-7 to be studied from September 11-17, 2023 in the Come, Follow Me Manual for Families and Individuals. 2 Corinthians is perhaps Paul’s most eloquent and passionate letter, yet I don’t hear it quoted or referred to very often in sermons or talks in the Church. Perhaps that is because of the conflict and emotions that simmer throughout. Perhaps it is also the rather difficult prose of the KJV in this letter. Its doctrine, thoughts, and concepts deserve better from us.

Doctrinally it gives us one of the best views of what it means to be an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul is at pains to make the point that a true apostle is measured by reference to Jesus Himself and to His gospel—not to the apostle’s outward attributes or human skills. The most relevant doctrinal point of the epistle to us in our everyday lives is how weaknesses, tribulations, adversity, and trials are resolved and how experiencing such features of mortality leads to our personal sanctification through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Much of the doctrinal material in this letter can be seen as an extended commentary on the same doctrine as taught in 2 Nephi 2; Alma 7:11–14; and Ether 12:23–29.

2 Corinthians is the letter that gives us the most historical information of any of Paul’s writings. It shows us how Paul used Titus and Timothy, who were likely Seventies in the Church at this time. It continues to demonstrate the sorts of problems that beset an early urban Christian branch of the Church. We studied some of those issues in our last three lessons on 1 Corinthians. I’ve also added an appendix on the Holy Ghost. pp.35

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