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Asbury Bible Commentary – II. The Church and Its Problems
II. The Church and Its Problems

II. The Church and Its Problems

While 1 Corinthians reflects problems between the apostle and the community, 2 Corinthians indicates that these differences escalated into open hostility. The tensions that developed between Paul and the Christian community in Corinth seem to have come to a head in his unexpected visit there between the writing of the two canonical letters. Paul addressed this problem in a “sorrowful letter,” now apparently lost, which partially resolved the friction. Second Corinthians celebrates the restored congenial relations between him and his converts.