The second letter Paul addressed to the eminently troubled church in Corinth is the most ministerially difficult and personally complex of all Paul's letters. It brims with passionate self-defense, intense concern for the eternal destiny of the Corinthians, and even anger.
In 2 Corinthians [NIVAC] Scott J. Hafeman reconciles three key themes to one another that are critical to rightly understanding Paul's second Corinthian letter: weakness, sufficiency, and the Holy Spirit. The weakness is Paul's personally ability to succeed, the sufficiency is the fact that Paul does succeed, in spite of his weakness and the Holy Spirit is the power that enables this sufficiency in spite of weakness to occur. And in as much as these realities are true for Paul in his own life, he desperately wishes the Corinthians to accept them as well.
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 one our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary applications. The information they offer is valuable -- but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.
Scott J. Hafemann, PhD, serves on the Gordon-Conwell faculty as the Mary French Rockefeller Professor of New Testament. Previously he was the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College.
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James Montgomery Boice
Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
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College Church, Wheaton, IL
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Howard J. Hendricks,
Dallas Theological Seminary
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George K. Brushaber,
President, Bethel College & Seminary
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Willow Creek Community Church
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Pastor, Wooddale Church
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Warren W. Weirsbe
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