W I T H P R A C T I C A L O B S E R V A T I O N
OF THE SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE
C O R I N T H I A N S
his former epistle the apostle had signified his intentions of coming to
Corinth, as he passed through Macedonia (xvi. 5), but, being
providentially hindered for some time, he writes this second epistle to them
about a year after the former; and there seem to be these two urgent
occasions:-- 1. The case of the incestuous person, who lay under censure,
required that with all speed he should be restored and received again into
communion. This therefore he gives directions about (ch. ii.), and
afterwards (ch. vii.) he declares the satisfaction he had upon the
intelligence he received of their good behaviour in that affair. 2. There was
a contribution now making for the poor saints at
, in which he exhorts the Corinthians to join, ch. viii., ix.
There are divers other things very observable in this epistle; for example, I.
The account the apostle gives of his labours and success in preaching the
gospel in several places, ch. ii. II. The comparison he makes between
the Old and New Testament dispensation, ch. iii. III. The manifold
sufferings that he and his fellow-labourers met with, and the motives and
encouragements for their diligence and patience, ch. iv., v. IV. The
caution he gives the Corinthians against mingling with unbelievers, ch.
vi. V. The way and manner in which he justifies himself and his apostleship
from the opprobrious insinuations and accusations of false teachers, who
endeavoured to ruin his reputation at Corinth, ch. x.-xii., and
throughout the whole epistle.