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Paul’s second letter to Corinth expounds the message that God’s power is brought to people in their weakness, not in human strength. It is a record of his conflict with opponents who had formed an alliance with some of the church leaders and members.

justification that brings life for all men’, whereas in verse 8 of that chapter he wrote, exclusively, ‘Christ died for us’. We discover the same pattern within the chapter under review. Thus, on one hand, he wrote ‘one died for all’ (verse 14) and, on the other, ‘God reconciled us to himself through Christ’ (verse 18). In response to the doctrine of particular redemption we may say that although the death of Christ is sufficient for all people it is efficient only for those who believe in him. The
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