- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Corinthians 1
Greetings and explanation
Relations between Apostle Paul and the Corinthians church had deteriorated during the period after he wrote 1 Corinthians. 2 Corinthians is one of Apostle Paul’s most personal and heartfelt letters. It contains strong theme of consolation, reconciliation, apostolic defense, theology of weakness. It also gives us a glimpse real life of painful conflicts between Apostle Paul and the Corinthian church community. His rival missionaries questioned his ministry and credential, leading the Corinthian church in direction that Apostle Paul didn’t like. He wrote this letter to defend his ministry as an apostle of Christ Jesus and to direct the congregation in the way he thought they should be.
When he wrote his first letter, he was apparently on good terms with them (1 Corinthians 16:1-4), writing from Ephesus he said he planned to visit Macedonia and then Corinth, where he would pick up the collection to send to Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 16:3-8). But he changed his plans and went to Corinth first, intending to travel from there to north to Macedonia and then back south to Corinth before leaving for Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 1:15-16, 12:14, 13:1-2).
But he changed his plan, not to visit Corinth (2 Corinthians 1:23, 2:1, 7:12). Instead, he wrote another severe letter, not known to us, (2:4). While he was Macedonia, Titus brought news that the Corinthian congregation read his letter and welcomed it and that they were reconciled to Apostle Paul. 2 Corinthians were written by Apostle Paul as his response it (2 Corinthians 7:5-16).
He begins greetings, exalting God, suffering he had been through in Asia, and reason why he changed his travel plan (2 Corinthians1:15-20). He spends the first seven chapters defending his ministry. In the letter’s remaining chapters he discusses two topics — collection and his conflict with rival missionaries.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.