TEXT: 2 Corinthians 13
To understand the context of this passage, we must first understand the conflicts that had developed between Paul and the church at Corinth. Paul had founded the church at Corinth during one of his missionary journeys and had served there for over a year. In his absence, however, issues arose that caused him to write his first letter to the Corinthians. Scholars tell us that, after this first letter, he visited the church again during which time he was grievously offended by a church member there. He then wrote a second letter to the church which has not been preserved. The book that we call "Second Corinthians" is actually Paul's third letter to the church, one in which he continues to address serious issues with the people and the leadership there. Dr. Reggie Kidd sums up the problems at Corinth as the following: "first, damaged relationships within the church; second, sexual misconduct; third, abuses in worship; and fourth, a rejection of Paul's apostolic authority."