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THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
CORINTHIANS

OUTLINE

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  1. Introduction -- 1:1--2:11
    1. Greeting -- 1:1-2
    2. The comfort of God -- 1:3-11
      1. Comforted to comfort -- vv.3-4
      2. Pressed down unto despair -- vv.5-11
    3. The apostles' boasting -- 1:12-14
    4. Concerning the apostle's coming -- 1:15--2:11
      1. Being one with Christ -- 1:15-22
      2. The reasons for the delay -- 1:23--2:11
        1. To spare the Corinthians -- 1:23-24
        2. Not to come in sorrow -- 2:1-11
  2. The ministry of the new covenant -- 2:12--3:11
    1. Its triumph and effect -- 2:12-17
    2. Its function and competency -- 3:1-6
    3. Its glory and superiority -- 3:7-11
  3. The ministers of the new covenant -- 3:12--7:16
    1. Constituted by and with the Lord as the life-giving and transforming Spirit -- 3:12-18
    2. Conducting themselves for the shining of the gospel of Christ -- 4:1-6
    3. Living a crucified life for the manifestation of the resurrection life by the power of the treasure in the earthen vessels -- 4:7-18
    4. Longing to be clothed upon with the transfigured body -- 5:1-8
    5. Making it their aim to please the Lord by living to Him -- 5:9-15
    6. Commissioned with the ministry of reconciliation for the Lord's new creation -- 5:16-21
    7. Working together with God by an all-fitting life -- 6:1--7:16
      1. The work of the reconciling ministry -- 6:1-2
      2. The adequate life of the reconciling ministry -- 6:3-13
      3. A frank exhortation of the reconciling ministry -- 6:14--7:1
      4. The intimate concern of the apostles' ministering life -- 7:2-16
  4. The apostle's fellowship concerning the ministry to the needy saints -- 8:1--9:15
    1. The grace from four parties -- 8:1-15
    2. Exercising foresight for what is honorable -- 8:16-24
    3. Giving as a blessing, not as covetousness -- 9:1-5
    4. Sowing for reaping the fruits of righteousness -- 9:6-15
  5. Paul's vindication of his apostolic authority -- 10:1--13:10
    1. By the way of his warring -- 10:1-6
    2. By the measure of God's rule -- 10:7-18
    3. By his jealousy for Christ -- 11:1-15
    4. By his compelled boasting -- 11:16--12:18
      1. Of his status, labor, and afflictions -- 11:16-33
      2. Of the Lord's vision and revelation to him -- 12:1-10
      3. Of the signs of his apostleship -- 12:11-18
    5. By the authority given to him -- 12:19--13:10
  6. Conclusion -- 13:11-14
    1. Final exhortations -- vv.11-12
    2. Greeting -- v.13
    3. Blessing -- v.14

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