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Paul's second (preserved) letter to the church in Corinth.

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In 2 Corinthians 4:4 why does Paul call Jesus the “image of God”?

2 Corinthians 4:4 ... in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. ...
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How many letters did Paul write to the Corinthians?

This comment is made in the Nelson Chronological Study Bible: Scholars disagree over whether 2 Corinthians is a single letter, or was compiled from several shorter letters. Some think there were four ...
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Who is being judged in 2 Corinthians 5:10?

Who is included in the "we all" of 2 Corinthians 5:10? Is it just believers who appear before the judgment seat of Christ? Or does Paul include non-believers as well? 10For we must all appear ...
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How is the imputation of the righteousness of God effected in Christ and how can the believer be “in Him”?

I’m looking into the subject of justification and righteousness. My question is based on 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the ...
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What does Paul mean by “ministers of a new covenant” in 2 Corinthians 3:6?

NIV 2 Cor 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants]...
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How does the NKJV apply 2 Samuel 7:14 to 2 Corinthians 6:18?

2 Samuel 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 2 ...
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How does being transformed into God's image relate to being made in His image?

In Genesis 1:26 we read that we were made in God's image. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 we read that we are transformed into His image. How does being transformed into His image relate to our having been ...
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What is the difference between weaknesses and the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12?

We know the works of the flesh in Galatians 5. Those we can overcome and not practice them anymore. But what about the weaknesses in 2 Corinthians 5? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Cor+...
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How important is the fact that the Corinthian Assembly was Formed From A Synagogue?

Acts 18:7-11 (KJV) (emphasis added) 7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 8 And ...
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What does εποιησεν, 'made', mean in II Corinthians 5:21?

In II Corinthians 5:21, we read : τον γαρ με γνοντα αμαρτιαν υπερ ημων αμαρτιαν εποιησεν ινα ημεις γινωμεθα δικαιοσυνη θεου εν αυτω [TR - Majority Text - Stephens 1550 from EGNT] for him who ...
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Why is τελέω treated as τελειόω in 2 Corinthians 12:9?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect (τελεῖται) in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may ...
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In 2 Corinthians 5:17 what has come and what has passed away?

Paul is describing a new way of looking - a new perspective. He says that he once saw the messiah from one point of view but now seems him and everyone else in a new light. According to verse 17, what ...
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Are 2 Corinthians 3:6 and 2 Timothy 3:16 contradictory or complementary?

In 2 Cor 3:6 Paul draws a strong contrast between letter and spirit/breath: NIV 2 Cor 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit (breath); ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:6 how should the adjectives be translated?

Are the last two clauses predicate or attributive adjectives?: Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] 2 Cor 6:6 ἐν ἁγνότητι, ἐν γνώσει, ἐν μακροθυμίᾳ, ἐν χρηστότητι, ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ, ἐν ἀγάπῃ ...
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Who is the brother in 2 Corinthians 8?

(KJV) 2 Corinthians 8:18 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to ...
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What could be the meaning of “a door was opened” for him in 2 Corinthians 2:12?

2 Corinthians 2:12 (KJV) 12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my ...
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In what sense does Paul use παρακαλέω in 2 Corinthians 10:1?

(KJV)2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: Is this word used of men ...
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When did Paul visit the Corinthians for the second time?

(KJV) 2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. I believe Paul's first visit to Corinth was in (Acts 18:...
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What does the phrase in the mouth of “two or three witnesses” mean in 2 Corinthians 13? [duplicate]

(KJV)2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. Could Paul be citing from (Deuteronomy 19:15) or he is ...
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What does “with him” mean in 2 Corinthians 6?

(KJV)2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him , beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. Why does Paul use "with him" does this mean that the apostle Paul &...
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In 2 Corinthians 1 what does Paul mean by ἐξαπορέομαι?

2 Corinthians 1 [8]For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of ...
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What could have afflicted Paul in 2 Corinthians 1 so much as to have him despairing of life itself in Asia? [closed]

2 Corinthians 1:8 (NKJV) 8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired ...
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Is Paul not magnifying himself in 2 Corinthians 3?

2 corinthians 3:1-3 (NASB) [1]Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? [2]You are our letter, written in our hearts, known ...
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2 Corinthians 6:11-7:2 > How does the separation of God's people apply to Paul's argument?

2 Corinthians 6:14 and its subsequent verses seem like something of an abrupt interlude in the middle of Paul's appeal to the Corinthians to open their hearts to him and his associates. What's the ...
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Is there a contradiction in Paul's letters about the “written” letter and the Spirit?

On one hand Paul in 1st Corinthians instructs us to “not go beyond what is written”: 1 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) 6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for ...
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Meaning of “Lord it over”

In 2 Corinthins 1:24 Paul claims he does not "lord it over" the Corinthians (according to the ESV translation). What is that supposed to mean? Is there really not a better way to translate it? Some ...
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Original meaning of the word “grace ” in 2nd Corinthians 12:9

Did the New Testament writings add some new meaning to the word "grace", or was the meaning expressed by this word in 2nd Corinthians 12:9 absolutely familiar to a native Greek speaker? How was the ...
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In 2 Corinthians 5:21, what is the meaning of “sin for us”? [duplicate]

In 2 Cor. 5:21, is there any basis for the translation “sin for us” with the meaning that Jesus was made (incarnated) in “sinful flesh” (flesh subject to temptation, able to be tempted)? He could not ...
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“made Him sin for us” alternative translation

The verse in question is 2 Corinthians 5:21 The Greek text is: μὴ γνόντα ἁμαρτίαν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησεν ἵνα ἡμεῖς γενώμεθα δικαιοσύνη Θεοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ Translated as: "Not having known sin, ...
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Marriage to a non-believer allowed in 1 Corinthians 7:12?

there is a very interesting situation I would like to clarify about being Christian and getting married to a non-believer, in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 it reads: 14 Do not be unequally yoked together ...
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Does 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 contain an allusion to Sirach 35:10-13?

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 reads (ESV): The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:17, should it be “unclean thing” or “unclean person”? Did Paul say what he meant and mean what he said?

In 2 Corinthians 6:17, is it referring to the "unclean [thing]" or "unclean [person]"? Did Paul say what he meant and mean what he said?: New American Standard Bible "Therefore, COME OUT FROM ...
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How does a believer behold as in the mirror the glory of the Lord in 2 Corinthians 3:18?

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (...
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2 Corinthians 6:14 - What does “Unequally Yoked” mean?

1. Question - A Reference Request In 2 Corinthians 6:14 - What does the phrase: "Unequally Yoked" - mean? References to Scriptural and Literary Bases Please: Are there any Scriptural or Literary ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:15, who or what is “Belial”?

2Co 6:15 What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common? "Belial aka Beliar" is a Hebrew word meaning something like "worthlessness one":...
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Are Romans 10:14-15, 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 and Philippians 1:14-18 contradictory?

Are Romans 10:14-15, 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 and Philippians 1:14-18 contradictory? In Romans Paul seems to be saying that the only ones who can preach the gospel and stimulate faith in the hearers are ...
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When does the soul depart the Body like in 2 Cor. 5:8

2 Corinthians 5:8 states: Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. When would the audience of 2 Corinthians have understood the soul to have ...
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How should 1 Corinthians 3:17 be interpreted? If someone is destroyed will that person meet judgement? [duplicate]

To me, a non denomination believer, this verse also applies to defiling someone else's temple. To defile/destroy the temple brings the wrath of God (the Father). The Greek word for "will be destroyed" ...
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In 2 Corinthians 10:6, what does Paul mean by the phrase “when your obedience is fulfilled”?

In 2 Cor. 10:6, it is written, And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. KJV, 1769 καὶ ἐν ἑτοίμῳ ἔχοντες ἐκδικῆσαι πᾶσαν παρακοήν ὅταν πληρωθῇ ...
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Did Paul take the Old Testament out of Context?

2 Corinthians 13:1-2 says: “This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” I already gave you a warning when I was with you the ...
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2 Corinthians - how do you tell where the first-person plural (we) is inclusive or exclusive?

In many parts of the 1 Corinthians 2, the first-person plural 'we' often appears to be consistently exclusive, speaking only of Paul/Timothy & the Apostles: Are we beginning to commend ...
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Third Heaven what is it [duplicate]

In 2 Corinthians 12:2 talks about being caught up to the third heaven. What is the third heaven? What does it mean by being caught up to the third heaven?
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2 Corinthians 8:1-14: When is willingness to give counted?

In 2nd Corinthians Paul says: "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, ...
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2 Corinthians 5:21 - When and how was Christ, who knew no sin, made “sin”? [duplicate]

In 2 Corinthians 5:21, it is written, God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. (NET) τὸν γὰρ μὴ γνόντα ἁμαρτίαν ὑπὲρ ...
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What is the significance of 'earthern vessel' in 'treasure in earthern vessel' of 2 Cor 4:7?

What is the significance of earthen vessel/clay jar in 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV) where Paul talks about the treasure, the light of Christ's gospel? "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, ...
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In the context of 2 Corinthians 7, does soteria (σωτηρία) in verse 10 refer to salvation or sanctification?

2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. (NASB) Reading this ...
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Why does Paul change pronouns in 2 Corinthians 4:12?

Why does Paul change the pronoun from us to you in 2 Corinthians 4, verse 12? Paul was honest with his struggles "to do good," but he never explicitly denied the Holy Spirit dwelled within him. In ...
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2 Cor. 10:4: Translation/Understanding of δυνατὰ τῷ θεῷ

The Greek text of 2 Cor. 10:4 according to the Textus Receptus states: τὰ γὰρ ὅπλα τῆς στρατείας ἡμῶν οὐ σαρκικὰ ἀλλὰ δυνατὰ τῷ θεῷ πρὸς καθαίρεσιν ὀχυρωμάτων How should we understand and ...
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What does the Greek for “be reconciled” mean in 2 Corinthians 5:20? [duplicate]

The Greek word for reconciled in 2 Cor 5:20 is καταλλάγητε and parsed an Aorist Passive Imperative - so why do most translations translate this as "be reconciled" giving the reader idea that we need ...
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What is being “judged” in 2 Corinthians 5:10?

In 2 Corinthians 5:10, Paul talks about the judgment seat or the "bema" of Christ. What is being "judged" here? 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may ...