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2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-10

2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-10

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In 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 we see one among many appeals Paul made to the Corinthians in the book. The appeal which Paul makes in theses verses is that his ministry, as an Apostle, is not discredited because of his weak appearance. Paul had a hope that even though his ministry had taken such a toll on his body, he had a future resurrection that he was going to partake of. And such a hope gave him courage to press on in faithful ministry.
In 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 we see one among many appeals Paul made to the Corinthians in the book. The appeal which Paul makes in theses verses is that his ministry, as an Apostle, is not discredited because of his weak appearance. Paul had a hope that even though his ministry had taken such a toll on his body, he had a future resurrection that he was going to partake of. And such a hope gave him courage to press on in faithful ministry.

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2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-10 __________________ A Paper Presented toDr. Mark A. SeifridSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary __________________ In Partial FulfillmentOf the Requirements for NT 22705 __________________  byCharlie AlbrightBox 709March 9, 2010
 
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Introduction
The Apostle Paul’s aim was to be a faithful witness of the gospel among the Gentiles.Yet, he was not what the Greeks would consider an astounding speaker. One could even say thathe was the opposite of a good Greek speaker. Yet, he was faithful in spreading the gospelamongst Gentile cities. One of which was Corinth. But after some time false teachers had creptin and were trying to turn the Corinthians’ hearts away from Paul by claiming that he was not atrue Apostle. Paul wrote 2 Corinthians in attempt to win their hearts back.In 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 we see one among many appeals Paul made to the Corinthiansin the book. The appeal which Paul makes in theses verses is that his ministry, as an Apostle, isnot discredited because of his weak appearance. Paul had a hope that even though his ministryhad taken such a toll on his body, he had a future resurrection that he was going to partake of.And such a hope gave him courage to press on in faithful ministry.
Body
This paper will argue that the above statement is communicated through 2 Corinthians5:1-10. This will be done by looking at the context in which the section of 2 Corinthians is placed. Then it will be established by looking at individual aspects of the section. Verses 1-5 willshow that Paul is talking about a resurrection which he is looking forward too. Verses 6-10 willcommunicate the courage for ministry which he received from the hope of the resurrection.
 
Context
Let us look back at the surrounding context to get the full picture. In chapter 4 verse 7Paul begins by contrasting the treasure of the message found in verses 4-6 of the same chapter tothe frailty of the minister, “We have this treasure (the ministry) in jars of clay (the minister, i.e.himself)” (4:7). What follows in verses 8-15 are the afflictions which Paul experienced in hisministry. While the message that he carried was glorious, the trials that the ministry put himthrough were anything but glorious.
1
Yet in verses 13-15 Paul keeps proclaiming the messagewhich he had believed in.In verse 16 Paul starts off by referring back to something previous which he had said.There is disagreement about the reference for “
Δι
”.
2
I believe, however, that Paul is referring back to verse 14 where he states his hope in the future resurrection.
3
We should see Verse 15 as part of the resurrection hope expressed in verse 14.
4
For in this verse Paul expressed certaintythat the Corinthians would be in the presence of God. For he had suffered the affliction listed inverses 8-12 so that the grace
5
of the Spirit’s work of unveiling eyes could be given to them. They
11
Murray J. Harris,
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text 
(GrandRapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005), 338.
22
Garland has it referring back to verses 7-10. David E. Garland,
2 Corinthains,
The New AmericanCommentary, vol 29. ed. E. Ray Clendenen (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1999), 239. Barnett would seethe whole of 1-15 as being referred too. Paul Barnett,
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians
(Grand Rapids, MI:Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997), 250.
33
C. K. Barrett,
 A Commentary on The Second Epistle to The Corinthians,
Haper’s New TestamentCommentaries, ed. Henery Chadwick (New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1973), 145. Ralph P. Martin,
2 Corinthians,
Word Biblical Commentary, vol 40. ed. David A. Hubbard and Glenn W. Barker (Waco, TX: Word Book, 1986),91. Margaret E. Thrall,
 A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on The Second Epistle to the Corinthians Volume I,
(Edinburgh, Scotland: T&T Clark, 1994), 347.
44
Alfred Plummer,
 A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of St. Paul to theCorinthians,
International Critical Commentary (New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1915), 134.
55
Furnish would say that the “
 
χάρις
” is possibly referring to “that grace by which apostles arecommissioned to the service of the gospel.” Victor Paul Furnish,
 II Corinthians,
In The Anchor Bible, vol. 32a.
 
(Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1984), 287. Yet, this makes no sense. For the ministry that Paul wastalking about was “
 
διʼ μ ς
(for your sake), as Thrall points out. Thrall,
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians,

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