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

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Was Judas capable of the kind of sadness that leads to repentance?

In Mat 27:3, Judas "seeing he had been condemned' felt remorse..." and hanged himself. But in 2 Cor 7:9 one can be saddened to repentance. Was Judas incapable of this saddening because, as ...
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How does Satan blind the minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)?

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ESV 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from ...
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In Matthew 28:18 is Jesus making a statement about His deity which is developed further by Paul and in Revelation?

In his book Christ Before Creeds, Jeff Deuble states "the Trinitarian construct has some inherent scriptural or logical inconsistencies and contradictions which cannot be easily ignored."1 ...
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The apostle Paul and 2 Corinthians 12:7

I have seen many commentaries on the 'thorn' but none that give any attention to the messenger of Satan. 2 Corinthians 12:7 NASB Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this ...
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What does "In a favorable time" mean in 2 Corinthians 6:2?

2 Corinthians 6:2 "For he says,'In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.' Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation." ...
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Our "tent" - Discarded or resurrected?

In 2 Corinthians 5:1, Paul writes the following (NKJV): For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the ...
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1 Corinthians 16:13 - act like men?

1 Corinthians 16:3 ESV, 13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. The Greek text for the emboldened phrase above is: ἀνδρίζεσθε - (andrizesthe) The ESV appears to translate it ...
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How was Philip's testimony established in Samaria, Acts 8:5-6?

Acts 8:5-6 NASB Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the [d]Christ to them. 6 The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what was being said by Philip, as they heard ...
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Why did the Samaritan woman leave her waterpot?

“The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,” ‭‭(John‬ ‭4:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Why in the story of the Samaritan woman does the Holy Spirit specify she left her ...
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Did Ancient authors in general retain a copy for themselves? [closed]

From 2 Corinthians 2: 3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. ...
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How do people test themselves to see if they’re in the faith?

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 NASB “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the ...
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What does it mean to be weak in Christ?

2 Corinthians 13:4 NASB “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God ...
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What is the “measure” Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 10:12-15?

2 Corinthians 10:13-15 NASB “But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. For we are not ...
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How to understand the convergence of topics in 2 Corinthians 8:2?

2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭NASB: “Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of ...
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How do we reconcile 2 Corinthians 6:16 with 1 Corinthians 3:16-17?

We read: And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they ...
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What is the spiritual logic behind 2 Corinthians 4:11?

2 Corinthians 4:11-12 NASB For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, ...
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What does St. Paul mean by the phrase “the ministry of death” in 2 Cor 3: 7-8?

We read in 2 Cor 3: 7-8 (NRSVCE): Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory so that the people of Israel could not gaze at Moses’ face because of the glory of ...
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What is the initial “life” we have according to 2 Corinthians 2:16?

2 Corinthians 2:16 NASB For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from ...
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How to understand Paul's situation in 2 Corinthians 2:12-13?

2 Corinthians 2:12-13 NASB Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my ...
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Is "ho theos" and “ theos” consistently translated in 2 Corinthians 4:4 and John 1:1?

In 2 Corinthians 4:4, we find (ho theos) as it was used in John 1:1 to describe the Devil, but, the system of translation changed. “ ὁ (ho)the θεὸς (theos) god of this world (the Devil) hath blinded ...
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how can we infer/induce/deduce that ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) bible verse's use of "yoked"/ "bound" / "close association" does refer to marriage?

( Related Posting:   2 Corinthians 6:14 - What does "Unequally Yoked" mean? ) ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) King James Bible Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what ...
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What does 2 Corinthians 6:8 mean?

"as deceivers, and yet true" If I am reading this passage correctly, it is describing believers in a series of comparisons, first how the world sees us and then how we should actually be. ...
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Will the righteous be judged 2 Cor 5:10 or will they not John 5:24?

In John 5:24 it seems like believers will not be judged, while 2 Corinthians 5:10 speaks of all being judged and to stand before Christ on the judgement seat. “Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who ...
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What does Paul mean by 'another Jesus'? 2 Cor 11:4

For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, this you ...
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Is there any OT equivalent of the 'earthen vessel' concept in 2 Cor. 4:7?

I am looking at the words 'earthen vessel' and was wondering if this concept had a OT equal or not? I am looking for anything in the OT that could be conveying the concept of the treasure (the light ...
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What does it mean to "walk by faith and not by sight"? 2 Corinthians 5:7

2 Corinthians 5:6-7 (ESV) 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. What does it mean to &...
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Is there a contradiction between John 20:29 and 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 & 2 Timothy 4:6-8? Belief without seeing vs. Paul's supernatural experiences

John 20:29 (ESV) 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus appears to be saying that those who believe ...
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Were Jesus (Luke 23:43) & Paul (2 Corinthians 12:1-4) referring to the same 'paradise'?

Luke 23:43 (YLT): 43 and Jesus said to him, `Verily I say to thee, To-day with me thou shalt be in the paradise.' 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 (YLT): To boast, really, is not profitable for me, for I will ...
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Did Paul believe that his "self" was inside his body? 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (ESV): For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we ...
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Is to die gain or not? Paul (Philippians 1:21-24, 2 Corinthians 5:8) vs. David (Psalm 6:4-5, 30:9)

According to Paul, it is: 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard ...
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When were the shipwrecks Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 11?

From 2 Corinthians 11: 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep (KJV) Paul's shipwreck en route to Rome is recorded ...
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When Paul said that he would like to be "at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8), was he referring to Abraham's bosom?

Paul believed that after leaving his body he would be at home/present with the Lord: Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. [2 Corinthians 5:...
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Give specific instances that proves: "For when I am weak, then I am Strong" - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Give specific instances that prove: "For when I am weak, then I am Strong" - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. It seems self-contradictory, but I do agree with it. I am curious about other examples ...
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Is 2 Corinthians 13:14 a prayer to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

Paul ends 2 Corinthians with the following statement (13:14, NKJV, emphasis mine): The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. ...
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What are the signs of a true apostle? 2 Corinthians 12:12

2 Corinthians 12:11-12: 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The ...
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Does the word "we" in 2 Corinthians 5:11-20 refer to Paul and the apostles or to the church as a whole?

It seems the word "we" sometimes refers just to the apostles (eg verse 12-13). Other times it refers to everyone (eg verse 21). However it is often ambiguous (eg verse 14, 20).
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Are signs, wonders and miracles evidence of an authentic divine calling or not?

According to Paul and Jesus, the signs and wonders they performed attested to the authenticity of their callings: 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with ...
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Is 2 Corinthians 12:12 binding for all true apostles throughout history?

2 Corinthians 12:11-12: 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The ...
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Does 2 Corithians 3 17 say Jesus is the Holy Spirit [duplicate]

Does this verse tell us that Jesus Christ is The Holy Spirit? 2 Corinthians 3 (KJV) 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. What is THAT SPIRIT? Does ...
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Did Paul establish in [2 Corinthians 13:1] that keeping Torah [Deuteronomy 19:15] was useful when justifying missions?

The apostle Paul teaches Deuteronomy in [2 Corinthians 13:1] stating "This will be the third time I am coming to you. By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established. (13:1 ...
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To which epistle was Paul referring in 2 Corinthians 7:8?

Related question: To which epistle is Paul referring in 1 Corinthians 5:9? Label this possibly lost epistle before 1 Corinthians as Cor0. 2 Corinthians 7: 8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, ...
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Does Paul in [2 Corinthians 12:2] allude to Enoch's journey into the third heaven [2 Enoch 8-9]?

Does Paul in [2 Corinthians 12:2] allude to Enoch's journey into the third heaven [2 Enoch 8-9]? Paul claims : "I know a [man] in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, ...
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Could Paul be describing stage fright in 1 Corinthians 2:3 (cf. 2 Cor. 10:9-10, 11:6)?

In his First Letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul states: 1 Corinthians 2:3-4a: “I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in ...
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Will Jesus do anything we ask Him in His name or not? John 14:12-14 vs. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

John 14:12-14 (ESV): 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever ...
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Any reason why Paul didn't collect financial support from the Corinthians?

Paul had a deep conversational letter with the Corinthians, and often in the letter he said he didn't want to get any financial support from them but he collects support from Macedonia while in ...
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In what sense was God in Christ?

“that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭ This ...
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Why emphasize the body?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭ Feel free to ...
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Is the expression regarding Satan "disguising himself as an angel of light" literal or figurative (2 Cor. 11:14)?

The surrounding passages are speaking of false human teachers. How might we then interpret the expression regarding the Devil? 2 Corinthians 11:13-15: "For such men are false apostles, deceitful ...
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How can we understand God humiliating Paul (2 Cor. 12:21, NASB)?

There is a curious statement by Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians 12:21: "I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over ...
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How will the "the word Christ spoke judge us at the last day" (John 12:48)?

It seems a bit confusing whether the Father or Christ will judge us at the last day. As least two passages seem to indicate that we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ: Romans 14:10, 12:...
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