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The God of All Comfort and Mercy

The Lord comforts us through the resurrection comfort of Christ, and does this so that we may then pass this comfort on to others as they suffer.

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Momentary Affliction, Eternal Glory

To those who are weary and tired, Paul exhorts them to "not lose heart."  How is this possible?  While the afflictions are momentary, eternal glory awaits for those who are in Christ. 

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A Merciful, Public, Integral Ministry

The Apostle Paul's defense of his ministry against the accusations of the self-described "super apostles" and other critics is instructive for ministers young and old. In contrast to theirs, his ministry began with God's mercy to sinners in Christ, was conducted in the open for all to see, and unlike his critics, his preaching and life were consistent.

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How Great is their Darkness

In 2 Cor 4:3–6, Paul asserts the deadly work of Satan on unbelievers blinding them to the glory and life-giving light of Christ in his gospel which believers know and which shapes his ministry.

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Destroying Strongholds

The word of God has the power to destroy strongholds of the world through the gospel. It will accomplish the ends for which God has set it forth.

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Letter & Spirit

Dr. Michael Horton exposits 2 Cor. 3, in particular to those seeking to go into pastoral ministry. He shows from this text that pastors are a "letter of recommendation" from Jesus as ministers of the New Covenant. 

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Going Black and White

Paul exhorts the Corinthian believers to live according to their New Covenant status by portraying the world in absolute contrasts.

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Benediction

At the end of 2 Corinthians Paul proclaims a fitting benediction upon his readers.

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