2 Corinthians 13: Undeniable Proof

Why would Paul’s third testimony to the Corinthians be any different from or more important than the first and second times?

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2 Corinthians 13:1 One witness is not enough to convict a person of a crime. There must always be the agreement of two or three witnesses to prove someone’s guilt. Know that this will be my third time to bring the truth, and it’s time for you to listen and be convicted.
King James
2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

In what way might Paul’s attitude toward sin have changed since his first trip to Corinth?

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2 Corinthians 13:2 I warned you before, and now that I’m away, I’m warning you again. If you are still sinning, don’t think that I’ll be any less lenient when I come to you this time.
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2 Corinthians 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare.

How could Paul promise the manifestation of God’s power when he arrived?

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2 Corinthians 13:3 You want proof that God is speaking through me. When I arrive, you’ll not see me in weakness, but the power of God will be at work among you.
13:4 In weakness Christ was crucified, but he lives by the power of God. We are weak as Christ was, but we will be alive with him when we come to you in God’s power.
King James
2 Corinthians 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

What evidence will show that Jesus Christ is alive in a believer?

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Mark 16:17 These miraculous signs will follow those who believe: Under my direction and authority, they will cast out evil spirits, and they will speak in new languages.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine your hearts and determine whether your trust in God is real. You should have undeniable proof that Jesus Christ is alive in you—unless your actions fail to match your confession of faith.
James 2:18 If someone said, “Faith and works exist independently, so show me your faith apart from works,” I would say, “That’s impossible. Only my actions can reveal what I truly believe.
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Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

How did Paul’s actions prove the truth of his message?

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2 Corinthians 13:6 I hope you know that our actions clearly show that we have passed that test.
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2 Corinthians 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

How is right and wrong best determined?

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Isaiah 30:21 You will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way to go. Walk in that direction” and you will turn to the right or left as you are led.
John 16:13 But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own authority but will say only what he hears. He will reveal to you things to come.
2 Corinthians 13:7 I pray to God that you avoid doing anything wrong, not so people will think well of you, but so you can reap the benefit of doing right even when they think you’re wrong.
King James
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
2 Corinthians 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

Do you think the truth is self-evident? Why or why not?

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2 Corinthians 13:8 We cannot make the truth anything other than what it already is.
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2 Corinthians 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Why should we regard salvation as a lifelong process?

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Matthew 24:12 Because evil will flourish, most people’s love will grow cold.
24:13 But those who remain faithful until the end will be saved.
2 Corinthians 13:9 We are glad to be perceived as weak if you are strengthened and are hopefully on a path toward perfection.
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Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
2 Corinthians 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

What effect did Paul hope that his letter would have?

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2 Corinthians 13:10 I’m writing this now so I won’t have to be as harsh when I see you. I’m looking for God’s power to build you up, not tear you down.
King James
2 Corinthians 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

What do you think was the most important exhortation in Paul’s closing words of his letter?

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2 Corinthians 13:11 My friends, I close my letter with these words: Be encouraged, well-focused, and striving for perfection. Live in agreement with the Lord, and the God of love and peace will walk with you.
13:12 Give everyone a warm greeting in the Lord for me.
13:13 All the saints send their greetings.
King James
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
13:13 All the saints salute you.