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2 Corinthians

The apostle Paul wrote this second inspired epistle to the church at Corinth around 58-59 AD from Macedonia not long after he wrote the first epistle (Acts 20:1). This epistle is in direct contrast to the tone of 1 Corinthians, it is intensely personal and filled with the deep emotions of the dedicated apostle. 
Paul had sent Titus to Corinth to see how they would respond to his first letter which was full of rebuke and correction. He had told them that he would visit them himself but circumstances were such that he was delayed along the way (1 Cor. 16:5-7). He had hoped to meet Titus at Troas but that didn’t work out either (2 Cor. 2:12-13). Paul preached at Troas and then made his way to Macedonia (probably Philippi) where he finally met up with Titus and heard the good report that the majority of the church had responded in obedience to his first letter which prompted him to write this second letter (7:5-13). There was still a rebellious and disobedient element in the church (12:20-…

1 Corinthians

The apostle Paul wrote this letter by inspiration of God at the close of his three year ministry at Ephesus (1 Cor. 16:5-8) in about 58 AD. It is the longest epistle in the NT with 16 chapters, 437 verses, and 9,489 words. The record of how the Lord used him to start the church at Corinth during his second missionary journey is found in Acts 18. It was started next door to the Jewish synagogue. God gave the church all the sign gifts to provoke the unbelieving Jews to jealousy (Rom. 11). It became probably one of the largest and wealthiest churches that Paul started and yet it was the most carnal. Remember that Romans through Galatians go together concerning the doctrine of salvation. This is a letter of reproof dealing with conduct that is not in line with the doctrine set forth in Romans. However, there are great doctrinal passages found in this epistle as well (examples: judgment seat of Christ in chapter 3 and resurrection in chapter 15). 
Corinth was the capitol city of the Roman p…

Romans

Romans is the 45th book of the Bible and it is the first one that we come to that was written directly to Gentiles by the apostle to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:13). Without the book of Acts demonstrating God's transition away from Israel to Paul's special ministry among the Gentiles how strange it would be to go from the Gospel records right into an epistle to the Romans from an apostle with a Gentile name! 
The apostle Paul wrote this epistle around 60 A.D. from Corinth during his 3 month stay in Greece after his departure from Ephesus (Acts 20:1-3). It was not his first inspired epistle but it is placed first in order because it is the foundational book of doctrine for the Grace Age. In Romans we learn that we are crucified, buried, and risen with Christ. The mystery of the Body of Christ is alluded to but not explained (12:4-5). The end of Romans sets us up for the next great doctrinal book: Ephesians (in which we learn that we are ascended up and seated with Christ in heavenly p…

Paul's Epistles

There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to write 13 epistles to the Body of Christ in this present age (13 associated with his separate ministry, see Acts 13:2). His name appears first in every epistle that he wrote (2 Thess. 3:17). 
While all the Bible is for our learning and admonition we must consider what Paul says first because he is the spokesman to the Body of Christ in this present age. Christ made various appearances to him and progressively gave him “an abundance of revelations”. I agree with the note in the Old Scofield Bible that says, “In his writings alone we find the doctrine, position, walk, and destiny of the church.” 
The major keys to Bible study are: 1.Believe the scriptures (1 Thess. 2:13) 2.Search the scriptures (Acts 17:11) 3.Compare the scriptures (1 Cor. 2:13)  4.Consider the scriptures written by Paul (2 Tim. 2:7) 5.Rightly divide the scriptures (2 Tim. 2:15) 
Right division has to do with the study of dispensational truth. Moral truth never …