2 Corinthians

Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson should encourage us to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.


"In 2 Corinthians we see a more personal view of Paul than we do in most of his other letters.  We share his burdens, recognize the price he paid for his faith, and empathize with him as he copes with long distances and defends himself against determined enemies.  We see him strengthened by the news that many of the Saints in Corinth had returned to faith and righteousness.  And we ourselves gather strength from Paul's powerful messages.  He assured the Saints of God's care in times of tribulation.  He encouraged them to love and forgive each other and to donate aid for the Church members in Jerusalem.  And he continued his teachings on repentance and emphasized the importance of being guided by the Spirit in all things." (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual ©1989, p33)

Overcoming Tribulation

  1. Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians of the trouble which he and Timothy encountered in Asia.  He said that the challenge was so great that they "despaired even of life" (2 Corinthians 1:8).
  2. READ 2 CORINTHIANS 4:15-18.  All things are for your sakes.
  3. Paul told of the trials that he and many of the Saints endured.
  4. Paul said, "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure" (12:7).
  5. Paul wrote, "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" (1:4).

Forgiving Others

  1. READ 2 CORINTHIANS 2:5-11.  Ye ought to forgive and comfort.

Feeling Godly Sorrow For Our Sins

  1. READ 2 CORINTHIANS 7:8-10.  Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.

Becoming Reconciled To God

  1. READ 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-21. Be ye reconciled to God.


In his second epistle to the Corinthians Paul has taught many important truths including depending on the Lord in times of difficulty, seeking to forgive others, truly repenting of our sins by having Godly sorrow, and reconciling ourselves to God.  At the end of the third episode of Back To The Future, Marty's girlfriend asked Doc if their future had been altered by certain events.  Doc replied something to the effect, "Your has not been not yet been written, so make it a good one."  Where we are today is dependent on the past actions, but our future has not been written.  We can make it a good one by following the counsel of Paul.

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