If anyone deserved the respect of the Corinthian believers, it was the apostle Paul. Yet in his second letter to the church of Corinth, we find Paul defending his character and credibility against the malicious attacks of false apostles. With not only his ministry, but the faith of the Corinthians at stake, Paul minces no words in qualifying himself and castigating his detractors. Yet the credentials Paul presents are hardly the stuff of a compelling resume. Rather than highlighting his personal strengths, amazingly, Paul points to his weaknesses!
Paul's approach reveals one of the paradoxes of God's kingdom: God's strength was made perfect through the apostle's weakness. So it remains today. God's sufficiency shines in the face of our insufficiency, and his most powerful work is accomplished through us when we acknowledge our weakness in complete dependence on him.
Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Scott Hafemann shares perspectives on 2 Corinthians that reveal its enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives.
About the NIV Application Commentary Series
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable - but the job is only half done!
The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
About the Author
Dr. Scott J. Hafemann (Dr. Theol., Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, Germany) is the Gerald F. Hawthorne professor of New Testament Greek and exegesis at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Suffering and Ministry in the Spirit, an exegetical study of 2 Corinthian 2:14-3:3.
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