By R. Kent Hughes
In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth was once a newly rebuilt, bustling, very important urban within the Roman Empire. It used to be a spot filled with delight, individualism, wealth, and spiritual pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound typical? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with historical Corinth. The relevance of this publication to church buildings this present day is staggering. Paul can provide strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman international upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the pass, and God's strength made ideal in weak spot. He demanding situations us to reside counterculturally. during this statement on 2 Corinthians, Pastor R. Kent Hughes conscientiously examines this letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, carrying on with to supply wealthy biblical perception for the physique of Christ.
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21, 22). This description is stunning. The phrase “And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ” is in the present tense, describing an ongoing experience as Paul and his believing critics are being continually established in Christ. Yet the establishing rests on a single complete action that is stated as three closely related actions, each involving the Spirit. First, God has “anointed us,” which in the original features a beautiful play on words that goes something like “God . . 8 Second, he has “put his seal on us,” his sign of ownership that identifies us as his.
The reason underlying this radical truth ethic for Paul was Christ himself. “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God ﬁnd their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (vv. 18-20). ” Philip Hughes gives eloquent expression to the signiﬁcance of Paul’s statement: In Christ is the yes, the grand consummating affirmative, to all God’s promises.
If we say “Amen” to the truth about Christ as Paul calls us to in his conclusion — “That is why it is through him we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (v. 20b) — then we must also live lives of truth, of radical veracity. Integrity lay at the heart of apostolic ministry. Truth was the medium. Sincerity was the evidence. Power was the outcome. This still works today. When Billy Graham’s preaching was filling Wembley Stadium, John Stott, then rector of All Souls in London, was asking himself, “why should it be .
2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes