Book of Second Corinthians
Theme: Paul's Authority
Date of Writing: c. A.D. 57
The second epistle to the Corinthians was written within a year of the first letter to the same church. Paul's spiritual burden was great; for, in addition to the problems with which the apostle had to deal in his first letter, a wave of distrust in relation to Paul himself had now swept through the church. Some said he was not sincere; others even questioned whether he had apostolic authority. Consequently, Paul here defends his authority by placing before the church the overwhelming evidence of his sincerity in serving God. Thus this Epistle is very personal and autobiographical.
Here, then, is an unusual accumulation of words expressing suffering of mind, heart, and body. No other Christian could match the sufferings and achievements recorded in chs. 10-12.
I. Introduction, 1:1-11
II. The Apostle's Conciliation with Respect to the Problem at Corinth, 1:12-2:13
III. The Apostolic Ministry, 2:14-6:10
IV. The Apostles Exhortations to the Corinthians, 6:11-7:16
V. The Apostle's Solicitation (or Collection) for the Judean Saints, 8:1-9:15
VI. The Apostle's Vindication of Himself, 10:1-12:18
VII. Concluding Remarks, 12:19-13:14
The New Scofield Reference Bible, Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version, Editor: C. I. Scofield, D.D., New York, Oxford University Press, 1967