"THE SECOND EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS" Chapter Thirteen OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To appreciate that a time must come when discipline can no longer be spared 2) To see the need for periodic self-examination in order to prove that Christ does indeed dwell in us 3) To notice what will ensure that the God of love and peace will be with us SUMMARY In this final chapter, Paul makes final comments in preparation for his coming. This being the third time he is coming, there has been ample opportunity for those in need of repentance to do so. Especially since they seek proof of Christ speaking in him, he will not spare them on this visit (1-4). His desire, however, is for their faithfulness. He therefore encourages them to engage in self-examination to prove whether or not they are in the faith, and whether Christ is in them (5-6). His earnest prayer is that they do no evil, but that which is honorable, and to be made complete. It is in keeping with this that he has written this epistle, and to avoid having to use sharpness when in their presence (7-10). Paul closes his epistle with exhortations designed to ensure that the God of love and peace will be with them, some words of greetings, and a benediction that includes all three Persons of the Godhead (11-14). OUTLINE I. FINAL COMMENTS IN PREPARATION OF HIS COMING (1-10) A. WARNING OF IMPENDING DISCIPLINE (1-4) 1. This will be his third visit, which will serve to verify their true condition (1) 2. With this visit, he will not spare to exercise his authority in Christ (2) 3. Since they seek proof of Christ speaking in him (3-4) B. EXHORTATION TO SELF-EXAMINATION (5-6) 1. To prove whether or not they are in the faith (5) 2. His trust is that they will know that he is not disqualified (6) C. HIS DESIRE FOR THEIR FAITHFULNESS (7-9) 1. His prayer is that they do no evil, but that which is honorable (7) 2. Not for his sake, for even if he should seem disqualified, he can do nothing against the truth (7-8) 3. He will gladly be weak if it means they are strong, for his prayer is that they may be complete (9) D. HIS PURPOSE IN WRITING THIS EPISTLE (10) 1. So that when present he does not need to use sharpness 2. Which is in keeping with the authority he has from the Lord for their edification II. CONCLUDING REMARKS (11-14) A. FINAL EXHORTATIONS (11) 1. Become complete 2. Be of good comfort 3. Be of one mind 4. Live in peace -- For then the God of love and peace will be with them B. GREETINGS (12-13) 1. An admonition to greet one another with a holy kiss (12) 2. Greetings sent to them from the saints (13) C. BENEDICTION (14) 1. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ 2. The love of God 3. The communion of the Holy Spirit -- Be with them all. Amen
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1) What are the main points of this chapter? 2) What will be the significance of Paul's third visit to them? (1) 3) What is Paul's warning should he come again? (2) 4) What does Paul exhort them to do? (5) 5) What was Paul's prayer for them? (7,9) 6) Why was Paul writing this epistle? (10) 7) In expressing his farewell, what four exhortations does he leave with them? (11) 8) Provided they heed these four exhortations, what blessing will they enjoy? (11) 9) What final exhortation does he give to them? (12) 10) What three blessings does Paul pray for them as he closes this epistle? (14)