After his opening remark and salutations, Paul begins his letter with a short doxology and message on comfort. This was the first thing on his mind and most likely the most important word Paul had for the Corinthians, since out of all the things that he wanted to tell the Corinthians, he chose to start with this message of encouragement. So let’s take a look at what the Apostle Paul was so passionate and eager to tell the first-century Christians in Corinth—and ultimately us.
There had been a major conflict. A pastor’s heart had been overly burdened and concerned for a fledgling congregation, and that congregation had spurned the advice and authority of its founder and leader. Things were not looking good, and the situation seemed unfixable.
Welcome to the first post in our new II Corinthians Study. Before we dive into the book of II Corinthians, it’s important to try and wrap our minds around the era and background surrounding the letter so that we can better understand the situation, circumstances, and significance of what Paul wrote. So to start out, let’s travel back almost two thousand years and picture Corinth as it was in the fall of circa A.D. 50.