2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Dr J Stewart Gillespie

Systematic Bible teaching from 2 Corinthians by Dr J Stewart Gillespie

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2 Corinthians chapter 6 - The Proving of the Servant of God - J Stewart Gillespie  

2 Corinthians chapter 6 in some ways is Pauls Mt Carmel experience – the proving of the servant of God! 

Criticism abounded of the apostle 

Some looked at a life, lived wholly to the Glory of God; a life of sacrifice, a life which put into practice the ministry of Romans 12:1; ‘I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your logical service...’ 

This was the teaching of Paul 

This was the practice of Paul 


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2 Corinthians chp 2 vs 14 to 17: 'Fragrance from the Flame' - J Stewart Gillespie  

3 Description of the Christian revealing Christ: 


Sweet Savour of Christ (2:15) 

'savour of His knowledge' (2:14) 


Living Letter (3:2-3) 

'known and read of all men' 


Earthen Vessel (4:7) 

'light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ' 


3 descriptions of the Christian as: 

knowing God 
revealing that knowledge of God to others 

The setting of 2:14-17 is that of suffering and persecution 

The whole epistle could be regarded as an exposition of 2 Co 1:3: 


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2 Corinthians chp 2 vs 1 to 13: 'The Sorrow of Joy' - J Stewart Gillespie 

An interlude in an epistle of suffering 

The subject of 'joy' 

This is joy restored by repentance 

The endurance of Gods gracious discipline in the life of His people is given not to crush or destroy but to restore joy! 

Sin is separation 
Separation is from God 
God is the source of all true joy 

Psa 16:11 'Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.' 

The gracious discipline of the Father for His people may for a season bring…

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2 Corinthians chp 4 vs 2: 'Hidden things of Dishonesty' - J Stewart Gillespie 

'Hidden things of dishonesty' 

Adam and Eve hid their disobedience in the garden and their embarrassment under fig leaves. 
Cain hid his guilt in an evasive answer: 'Am I my brothers keeper' 
Joseph's brothers hid their guilt in a blood stand coat from Jacob 
Rachael hid her gods in the camels saddle 
Moses hid the body of the Egyptian in the sand 
Achan hid the gold, silver and Babylonian garments in his tent (Joshua 7) 
The unfaithful steward hid his talents in the ground. Why? To keep them safe? We can't be…

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2 Corinthians chp 1 vs 3 to 7 - Suffering God's Preparation for Service - Dr J Stewart Gillespie  

2 Corinthians addresses the subject of suffering more thoroughly and systematically than any other NT epistle. 

Suffering and Spiritual Growth– chps 1 to 5 

Suffering and Salvation finding its conclusion in Sanctification – chp 6 

Suffering and Sorrow, repentance and restoration – chp 7 

Suffering and Service of the Macedonians as an example and the service of the Corinthians to follow in chps 8 & 9 

Suffering and Spiritual Warfare and (chp 10) 

Suffering and Satanic Attack (chp11) 

Suffering and all…

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