current bible studies

Beholding the Glory of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3)

Paul is writing to these Corinthians in this second letter, giving these Christians pictures of who they are what they have in Christ. In our last lesson we noticed Paul pictured himself and the apostles as being led in a triumphal procession as captives of Jesus Christ, spreading the aroma of Christ everywhere they go. Remember that Paul was restless about the condition of the Corinthians and their reception of him and Titus (2:12-13). As Paul waits to hear from Titus, Paul describes in this letter the hope and comfort God provides for him in such times as a tool for these Christians to use for hope and comfort. So Paul presents another picture of what we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Where Is God and His Justice? (Job 22-24)

Job 22 begins the final words of the three friends as they attempt to explain the reason for Job’s suffering and how God runs the world. The attacks increase but these friends are running out of things to say. They do not present any new theology but continue to rehearse the same explanation for Job’s suffering.

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A Triumphal Procession (2 Corinthians 2:12-17)

How should we look at ourselves in Christ? What are the pictures given to us that we can fully appreciate our status in Christ Jesus? The apostle Paul often gives us beautiful pictures of our condition before we came to Christ and once we belong to Christ. In this section of 2 Corinthians 2 the apostle Paul is going to describe more beautiful pictures of who we are by describing who he and the apostles are in Christ Jesus. One of the reasons this is important is because this helps us in our distress. Knowing who we are will give us comfort through suffering and afflictions.

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