Bible Proficiency Project
Week 34, 8/24 - 8/30, 2020

I      Monday — 2Corinthians 1-2:13   Paul’s Ministry

1.     [vv. 3-4] What is the role that comfort plays in the context of trouble in the Christian life?

2.    [vv. 5-7] What promise is attached to our being partakers of the sufferings of Christ?

3.    [vv. 8-11] Explain what Paul meant in v. 9 that we had the sentence of death in ourselves and where that led

       in terms of his hope or perspective?

4.    [vv. 12-14] What was Paul’s boast and in what way should we boast of the same thing?

5.    [vv. 15-20] In v. 17 Paul said do I plan according to the flesh? What did he mean by this and what point did

       he desire to make?

6.    [1:23-2:4] Paul delayed his coming back to Corinth; why?

7.    [2:5-11] What did Paul recommend about a disciplined member?

II.    Tuesday — 2Corinthians 2:14-5:8  Gospel Ministry

1.     In this section, Paul defends his work as a gospel minister. What does he say he does differently in 2:17

       from many and how does he qualify it?

2.    [3:2] What Bible did Paul say is read by all men?

3.    [3:12-18] What is the veil and in what way does Christ take it away?

4.    [4:1-15] Why does Paul say he does not lose heart?

5.    [4:16-18] What did Paul say the Christian is to look at?

6.    [5:1-8] What is the heart of Paul’s teaching here about hope and trust?

 

III.   Wednesday — 2Corinthians 5:9-7:16 Reconciliation

1.     [5:9-15] In 5:14 what did Paul mean if One died for all, then all died?

2.    [5:16-21] What is reconciliation, who is reconciled, and how?

3.    [6:14-18] What did Paul specifically have in mind in 6:14 when he said not to be unequally yoked?

4.    [7:1] What promises are referred to in 7:1 and what condition follows?

5.    In what way does godly sorrow differ from worldly sorrow?

IV.   Thursday – 2Corinthians 8-9  Care for Others

1.     What is the subject matter of chapters  8-9?

2.    What did Paul mean in 8:8 when he said not by command?

3.    [9:5-9] What elements must be present in the collection for it to be cheerful giving?

V.    Sunday — 2Corinthians 10-11

1.     What should we learn from 10:3-6 about our daily life? 

2.    What did Paul say should be the goal of ministry in verse 10:8?  

3.    What did Paul mean in 11:4 by another Jesus, a different spirit, and a different gospel?

4.    [11:7-15] What led Paul to ask if he had sinned by not requiring wages for his pastoral work in Corinth in 11:7?

5.    [11:22-33] What did Paul point out to show his superiority and believability to false teachers?

 

 Answers

I.     Monday — 2Corinthians 1-2:13   Paul’s Ministry

1.     This allusion to trouble may be linked to the Ephesus riots [Acts 15:32, 19:23-41]. God is the source of our

       comfort (v. 3), and He teaches us through trusting in Him when trouble arises to find comfort in His care (v.

       4), for the purpose of being able to likewise comfort others, particularly newer Christians, when trouble falls

       upon them.

2.    Paul brings out in this chapter that they have come through a period of very difficult troubles that the

       Corinthians must be aware of. Paul joins their sufferings to those of Christ and reminds us that all who are

       in Christ will suffer for His name’s sake. He does so to point out that those who suffer in Christ can live in

       the expectation of partaking of the consolation. The word consolation means to be encouraged. The root

       word parakletos is also the root word the Holy Spirit as the One who helps, by consoling, encouraging, or

       mediating on behalf of [Louw Nida 12.19].

3.    If this flows out of the Ephesus riots it may well indicate that Paul believed he was going to die at the hands

       of the rioters. This transformed his perspective to forge forward, not as though he would see the coming of

       the Lord, but that he would be delivered through the resurrection [v. 9]. Of course, God delivered him, but

       Paul became much keener about being in God’s hands for deliverance.

4.    Paul, having had this near-death experience, reflects upon the nature of his life and sums it up as having a

       clear conscience because he had served God by His grace and not pursued self-interest first. We to should

       seek to serve God by living a God-centered life before others in the world.

5.    Simply put, his comings and goings are not in his control but in the hand of God [v. 19]. Thus, we should be

       careful to approach God always from that perspective of if God wills (DV from the Latin Deo Volente – God

       willing).

6.    He had written them a couple of harsh letters about the need to exercise Christian discipline toward some

       of the members. He expressed his disappointment that sin had been allowed to continue in the

       congregation. Here he said he delayed coming until things had been resolved to the point that he could

       come in joy (v. 1:24, 2:3), and they sense his love (v. 4) rather than anger.  

7.    Paul warned them not to be too severe in discipline and that the erring brother should be restored in the

       spirit of love and forgiveness (vv. 7 & 8).

II.    Tuesday — 2Corinthians 2:14-5:8  Gospel Ministry

1.     He speaks of many as peddling the Word of God which means preaching for what financial profit it brings

       to them. But Paul had already established that he had preached in their presence without pay, even though

       he had a right to it. Rather, Paul said that his testimony was that he preached in sincerity (pure motives) as

       before the face of God in Christ.

2.    That the congregation which is the fruit of his ministry is like scripture in that their changed lives reveal the

       power of God in salvation.

3.    The veil is a reliance on keeping the Law of Moses that is removed when Christ comes takes it away by the

       gospel of liberty and grace.

4.    Paul said because the power of the gospel (v. 7) is of God and not their efforts he trusts as one in Christ

       that by his weakness God’s light would be seen.

5.    We don’t fixate on the troubles now that are temporary but look to that promise which is not seen which

       brings with it eternal benefit.

6.    That one day we will die and the body will be destroyed, but we will be given a heavenly body. Death

       brings us into God’s presence and so we walk by the Spirit rather than being driven by the things we see in

       this world.

III.   Wednesday — 2Corinthians 5:9-7:16 Reconciliation

1.     One of the great truths of the cross is that Jesus is our substitute. Paul understands by this that every

       Christian is counted as having died on the cross in Christ. He thus argues that our life now belongs to God

       in Christ (v. 9) so that we are to make it our aim to be well-pleasing to Him.

2.    The definition of reconciliation is to reestablish proper friendly relations after these have been disrupted or

       broken. It is the sinner in particular who is brought back into a right relationship with God through the

       imputation of the righteousness of Christ (v. 19) so that our sins are no longer charged against us.

3.    This verse is often used as a principle for marriage, but in its proper understanding, he speaks of partaking

       with unbelievers in their practice of idolatry. A more immediate reference here would be Eph 5:11 that says

       and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

4.    Specifically, what went before: that God would become a Father to those He calls to be His people and

       hold His goodness or perhaps better hold Himself out to us as the God who is good. Upon such promises,

       God consistently follows with the condition of a response of gratitude in the form of a call to our

       sanctification.

5.    In v. 9-10 Paul said godly sorrow leads to repentance which leads to salvation. However, worldly sorrow

       produces death.

IV.   Thursday – 2Corinthians 8-9  Care for Others

1.     It has to do with offerings the churches had been giving for the help of the poor in Judea. The Corinthians

       had begun to do this a year earlier (8:8) but seemed to have lost enthusiasm for continuing to receive this

       collection (1Cor 16:1).

2.    Paul did not seek to constrain them to act as being a command but was encouraging them to act willingly

       out of a desire to do good.

3.    It is to come from what one has (8:11), as they have prospered (16:2), as a matter of generosity (9:5), from a

       cheerful heart (9:7).

V.    Sunday — 2Corinthians 10-11

1.     That we must learn to war in this world using spiritual tactics and not worldly ones. This is done through

       developing a Word oriented approach to fighting our battles that begins and ends with acting biblically.

2.    The goal is to be for the work of the edification/building up and not destruction/the condemnation of the

       congregation.

3.    As he sums up his letter he reiterates his concern that there have been false teachers that have been

       permitted to continue in their midst that has influenced them to embrace false teachings contrary to the

       grace of the gospel.

4.    He may sense that they have taken his teaching lightly because there was no monetary cost attached to it.

       The natural tendency is to take for granted or see less value in something that does not seem to cost.

5.    He pointed to his credentials and sacrifices in service to Christ. But in the end, his boast was only in the

       God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.