Paul wrote his first letter to the church at Corinth to meet some problems. Church members were having disputes over such questions as sex and marriage, church order, and the gifts of the Spirit.
Naturally, Paul wanted to know how his advice was received. His information came from Titus, a Greek pastor, and the news was good. The church at Corinth had accepted Paul’s counsel, and reconciliation was taking place.
Paul’s second letter is personal; he often expresses his feelings in very emotional terms. Second Corinthians also contains some of Paul’s better-known comments, like these:
- “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (5:7).
- “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (5:17).
- “Now then, we are ambassadors of Christ” (5:20).
- “God loveth a cheerful giver” (9:7).
- “My grace is sufficient for thee” (12:9).
These and many other verses in 2 Corinthians make this book well worth reading. The book is only about nine pages long, and the letter can easily be read in one sitting.