Author: The apostle Paul, with Timothy’s assistance (1:1).
Date: Approximately AD 55–57, shortly after the writing of 1 Corinthians.
In Ten Words or Less: Paul defends his ministry to the troubled Corinthian church.
Details: Corinthian believers had apparently addressed some of the problems Paul’s first letter mentioned—though there were still troublemakers who questioned his authority. He was forced to “speak foolishly” (11:21), boasting of hardships he’d faced serving Jesus: “in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft” (11:23). Paul even suffered a “thorn in the flesh” (12:7), which God refused to take away, telling him instead, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (12:9). His parting warning: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (13:5).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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