After taking a sabbatical from writing daily devotionals, the daily devo starts anew today as we begin a new letter in Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians. With 2 Corinthians in mind, let me share a handful of quotes I’ve come across regarding this letter.
“Of all the Pauline epistles, 2 Corinthians is probably the one which presents the most problems to the interpreter.” (F.F. Bruce)
“No Pauline letter requires more of its readers or offers more of a reward to those who apply themselves carefully to its interpretation than 2 Corinthians.” (Victor Paul Furnish)
“Perhaps the central element in this letter is … [how] Apostle and Gospel go together in indissoluble unity, just as Christ Jesus and his apostle Paul are closely associated as ‘Lord’ and ‘servant’ (4:5).” (Ralph Martin)
“… perhaps 2 Corinthians more than any of Paul’s other letters reveals his largeness of soul.” (Ben Witherington)
“Writing 2 Corinthians must have come near to breaking Paul, and … a church that is prepared to read it with him, and understand it, may find itself broken, too.” (C.K. Barrett)
Today, read 2 Corinthians 1:1-7. Center and reflect on the following, praying over it with the confidence and hope it so easily and wonderfully inspires:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
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