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

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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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2 Corinthians 12:7 where was the thorn located exactly? [closed]

“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.”...
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Could Paul's stoning (Acts 14:19) have anything to do with his being “caught up to the 3rd heaven”? (2 Cor. 12:2-4)

This question concerns a timeline. I have often wondered if two experiences Paul describes might be connected: 2 Corinthians 12:2-4: "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the ...
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Was it only the incident of incest (1 Corinthians 5) that caused Paul to change his plans about visiting the Corinthians?

Some of the things that Paul mentions in his two letters to the Corinthians seem to point to the incident of incest mentioned in the first letter which somehow had caused a lot of consternation 1 ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:7 what are the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left?

2 Corinthians 6:7 NIV 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left What are these weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the ...
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2 Cor 2:16 - A fragrance from death to death and life to life

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is ...
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Is it possible to disambiguate the meaning of the words “rich”, “poor” and “poverty” in the context of 2 Corinthians 8:9?

2 Corinthians 8:9: 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. [ESV] 9 For ye know the ...
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At what exact moment did Jesus transition from being rich to being poor according to 2 Corinthians 8:9?

I'm aware of the recently asked question When was Jesus rich? 2 Corinthian 8:9, and it's very likely that some readers will almost knee-jerkly react by voting to close this question as a duplicate. ...
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When was Jesus rich? 2 Corinthian 8:9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:9‬ ‭ This either means ...
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Can the spouse of a believer be sanctified by simply being married to the believer?

In 1 Cor 7:14, it is implied that an unbelieving spouse, of a believer, may also be made holy in God's eyes but only if that spouse comes around to the believer's stance with God. It is also implied ...
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Is the physical human body merely a “biochemical machine” based on 2 Corinthians 4:16?

The apostle Paul writes: 2 Corinthians 4:16: "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day" (NAS). Based on this ...
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For believers, what is the recompense for doing bad?

2 Corinthians 5: 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. ... (NIV) 10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, ...
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According to 2 Corinthians 6:14, could believers of Jesus marry Jews who did not believe in Jesus?

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? Does this imply that believers ...
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What is meant by “the spirit gives life” in 2 Corinthians 3:6?

2 Corinthians 3:6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. [KJV] who also made us adequate ...
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What is the earnest of the Spirit?

The "earnest of the Spirit" is a phrase unique to Paul in the New Testament. The Greek word ἀρραβῶνα is also rendered as "pledge" or "guarantee" in some translations. ...
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Is Jesus spirit or not? 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 vs Luke 24:39

16 but whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as ...
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What is meant by “the Lord is the/that Spirit” in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18?

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NASB): 16 but whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 But we all, ...
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Did the Apostle Paul pray to Jesus in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9?

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (ESV): 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ...
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What is being not regretted in 2 Corinthians 7:10?

2 Corinthians 7:10" For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death" (ESV). Generally, "regret" is interpreted ...
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Can a person's spirit leave its body miraculously without causing death?

Ezekiel was sitting in his house. Then was Ezekiel's spirit leaving his body in Ezekiel 8: 1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of ...
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Perfect love that casts out fear vs Fear of God - Are 1 John 4:18 and 2 Corinthians 7:1 talking about different concepts of fear?

1 John 4:18 (ESV): There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV): Since we ...
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What is the significance of the how-much-more arguments?

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent! Matthew 12:11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the ...
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Did Paul believe that he would immediately be with Jesus as soon as he died?

21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both ...
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Did Paul believe in Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE)?

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (NASB): 2 I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third ...
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Who was the man who went up to paradise?

2 Corinthians 12:3-5 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one ...
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Is “him” Christ, God, or both?

14 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. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among ...
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Is 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 an assertion that God is three equal Persons?

2 Corinthians 13:11-14 (NIV) reads: 11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be ...
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Was the use of metaphor of “clay jar” used by St. Paul in 2 Cor 4:6-9 appropriate to the context?

We see St.Paul writing to the Corinthians in 2 Cor 4:6-9 (NRSVCE): For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the ...
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Was Jesus made to be SIN or a SIN OFFERING? [duplicate]

the righteousness of God in him. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) I have not found a sufficient examination on this site for the true interpretation of this verse. I read my Russian bible primarily and it ...
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(2 Corinthians 10:5) trying to undersand what Paul meant by “destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God”

2 Corinthians 10:1-10 1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am [a]meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am ...
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Is there a connection between 2 Cor 5:3 nakedness and Adam and Eve’s nakedness?

Paul in speaking of men, will in the coming age put on an outer covering “if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭ Adam an Eve were naked from the beginning ...
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Is the 3rd heaven the same as the paradise?

Luke 23:43 Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." 2 Corinthians 12:1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to ...
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Why isn't 2 Corinthians 13:14 in the NRSV?

I was researching references to the trinity in scripture, and although I am aware that the reference in 1 John 5:7 is likely spurious, can't seem to find the verse in the NRSV. There is no note as to ...
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What is Paul longing to be clothed by in 2 Cor 5:4?

2 Corinthians 5:4 (NASB) For indeed while we are in this tent, we grown, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. ...
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Is Paul referring to a specific person in 2 Cor 2:5-8

Is Paul referring to a specific person in 2 Corinthians 2:5-8? If so, what is the “punishment inflicted by the majority” that verse 6 talks about?
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How to reconcile 1 Corinthians 10:13 & 2 Corinthians 1:8?

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will ...
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What is the significance of “creates a new creation” in Numbers 16:30?

A Faithful Version Numbers 16:30 But if the LORD creates a new creation, and the earth opens her mouth and swallows them up with all that they have, and they go down alive into the pit, then you ...
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2 Corinthians 5:17 he is a new creation. Is this hyperbole? [closed]

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
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What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 5:8 away from the body and at home with the Lord? [duplicate]

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. This verse is often quoted by pastors to prove that as soon as we have died, we will be ...
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How should 'God' in 2 Cor 13:14 be understood? [closed]

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. If God includes the Son and the Spirit, it's odd that Paul chose to express his ...
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2 Corinthians 1:12, “simplicity” or “simplicity of heart”?

2 Corinthians 1:12, (DRB): For our glory is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity of heart and sincerity of God, and not in carnal wisdom, but in the grace of God, we have ...
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What is the meaning of “therefore all died” in 2 Corinthians 5:14?

2 Corinthians 5:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. What is the logic here? What is the meaning of the word "therefore"? ...
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John 17:19, what is the meaning of “I sanctify myself”?

John 17:19, (DRB): And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. John 17:19, Latin Vulgate: et pro eis ego sanctifico me ipsum ut sint et ipsi sanctificati in ...
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Hebrews 12:9, who is “the Father of spirits”, the Son or God the Father?

Hebrews 12:9 (DRB): Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors, and we reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and live? 2 Corinthians 3:17 "the LORD is ...
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2 Corinthians 5:16, what is the meaning of “have known Christ according to the flesh”?

2 Corinthians 5:16 (DRB): Wherefore henceforth, we know no man according to the flesh. And if we have known Christ according to the flesh; but now we know him so no longer. What is the meaning of "...
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2 Corinthians 13:4, what does it mean “crucified through weakness”?

2 Corinthians 13:4 (DRB): For although he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him: but we shall live with him by the power of God towards you. ...
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2 Corinthians 7:1, does Spirit have filthiness (defilement)?

2 Corinthians 7:1 (DRB): Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sactification in the fear of God. ...