Characteristics of the Body of Christ in 2 CORINTHIANS

Characteristics of the Body of Christ in 2 CORINTHIANS

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Who We Are (and Are Not) Given This, Walk This Way
  • Saints [holy ones] (2 Cor. 1:1)
  • Sufferings of Christ ours in abundance (2 Cor. 1:5)
  • Comforted abundantly through Christ (2 Cor. 1:5)
  • Made firm in Christ by God (2 Cor. 1:21)
  • Anointed (2 Cor. 1:21)
  • Sealed by the Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22)

  • Led by God (2 Cor. 2:14)
  • In whom the knowledge of God is made visible (2 Cor. 2:14)
  • The fragrance of Christ from life to life to those being saved (2 Cor. 2:15-16)
  • The fragrance of Christ from death to death to those perishing (2 Cor. 2:15-16)
  • A letter of Christ written on the heart being known and read by all men (2 Cor. 3:2)
  • A letter of Christ written with the Spirit on tablets of human hearts (2 Cor. 3:3)
  • Competent servants of a new covenant (2 Cor. 3:6)
  • Those for whom the veil [that blinds the eye to the knowledge of Christ] has been taken away (2 Cor. 3:16)
  • Free to access God without fear (2 Cor. 3:17)
  • Being transformed into a full reflection [mirror image] of God’s goodness [glory] (2 Cor. 3:18)
  • Have the ministry of manifesting God to the world (2 Cor. 4:1)











  • In whose hearts the light of God’s goodness [glory] shines in the face of Christ (2 Cor. 4:6)
  • Earthen vessels for this power of illumination shines so that its greatness will be of God and not ourselves (2 Cor. 4:7)
  • Afflicted, but not crushed (2 Cor. 4:8)
  • Perplexed, but not despairing (2 Cor. 4:8)
  • Persecuted, but not forsaken (2 Cor. 4:9)
  • Struck down, but not destroyed (2 Cor. 4:9)
  • Carry in the body the dying of Jesus (2 Cor. 4:10)
  • In whose body the life of Jesus is manifested (2 Cor. 4:10)
  • Constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:11)
  • In whose mortal flesh the life of Jesus is manifested [demonstrated] (2 Cor. 4:11)
  • In whom death works so that life may work in others (2 Cor. 4:12)
  • To be raised with Jesus (2 Cor. 4:14)
  • Outer man is decaying (2 Cor. 4:16)
  • Inner man is being renewed (2 Cor. 4:16)
  • In whom light affliction is producing eternal glory (2 Cor. 4:17)
  • An earthly tent [temporary residence] that will be torn down (2 Cor. 5:1)
  • A building from God not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1)
  • Groan & long to be clothed with a heavenly dwelling [eternal residence] (2 Cor. 5:2)
  • Prepared by God for eternal life (2 Cor. 5:5)
  • Given the Spirit as pledge [down payment] (2 Cor. 5:5)
  • Know that while at home in the body are absent from the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6)


  • Prefer to be absent from the body & at home with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8)
  • Whether at home or absent, aim to be pleasing to God (2 Cor. 5:9)
  • Each will be judged & receive back [recompensed] for good or bad deeds (2 Cor. 5:10)
  • Know the fear of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:11)
  • Persuade men (2 Cor. 5:11)
  • Made manifest [visible] to God (2 Cor. 5:11)
  • Love of Christ controls us (2 Cor. 5:14)
  • Love of sin does not control us (2 Cor. 5:14)
  • Died with Christ that we may live for Him (2 Cor. 5:14-15)
  • For whom Christ died (2 Cor. 5:16)
  • Recognize [perceive, know, understand] no one according to the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16)
  • A new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
  • Old things passed away; new things have come (2 Cor. 5:17)
  • Reconciled to God through Christ (2 Cor. 5:18)
  • Given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18)
  • To whom is committed the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19)
  • Ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20)
  • The righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)
  • Heard and saved by God (2 Cor. 6:1-2)


  • Servants of God in much: (2 Cor. 6:4-7)
    • Endurance
    • Afflictions
    • Hardships
    • Distresses
    • Beatings
    • Imprisonments
    • Tumults
    • Labors
    • Sleeplessness
    • Hunger
    • Purity
    • Knowledge
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • The Holy Spirit
    • Genuine love
    • The word of truth
    • The power of God
  • Serve God by: (2 Cor. 6:7-10)
    • Weapons of righteousness
    • Glory & dishonor
    • Evil report & good report
    • Regarded as deceivers & yet true
    • Unknown yet well-known [by God]
    • Dying yet alive
    • Punished yet not put to death
    • Sorrowful yet always rejoicing
    • Poor yet making many rich
    • Having nothing yet possessing all things


  • Temple of the living God (2 Cor. 6:16)
  • Those in whom God dwells and walks (2 Cor. 6:16)
  • God’s people (2 Cor. 6:16)



  • Sons & daughters to God (2 Cor. 6:18)









  • Walk in – but not according to – the flesh (2 Cor. 10:3)
  • War not according to the flesh, but by the Spirit (2 Cor. 10:3)
  • Possess weapons of warfare divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:3)












  • Betrothed to one husband to be presented to Christ a pure virgin (2 Cor. 11:2)



  • Can at times be weak (2 Cor. 11:29)
  • Can at times be led into sin (2 Cor. 11:29)
  • Boast in weaknesses (2 Cor. 11:30)
  • In whose weakness Christ’s power dwells and is perfected (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • Well content with: (2 Cor. 12:10)
    • Weaknesses
    • Insults
    • Distresses
    • Persecutions
    • Difficulties
  • Strong in weakness (2 Cor. 12:10)
  • In whom Christ is not weak, but mighty (2 Cor. 13:3)
  • In whom is Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 13:5)



  • Are being fully equipped (2 Cor. 13:9)














  • Reaffirm your love [to those who fall away, repent and are restored to fellowship] (2 Cor. 2:8)




















  • Do not lose heart (2 Cor. 4:1)
  • Renounce the things hidden because of shame (2 Cor. 4:2)
  • Do not walk in craftiness (2 Cor. 4:2)
  • Do not handle the word of God deceitfully (2 Cor. 4:2)
  • Manifest truth (2 Cor. 4:2)
  • Commend yourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God (2 Cor. 4:2)
  • Preach (2 Cor. proclaim)
    • Not yourselves but Christ (2 Cor. 4:5)
    • Yourselves as bondservants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5)


















  • Do not lose heart (2 Cor. 4:16)














  • [Given God’s eternal promise and pledge] walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)
  • Be of good courage (2 Cor. 5:8)


  • Have as our ambition to please God (2 Cor. 5:9)







  • Live for Christ (2 Cor. 5:14-15)


  • Recognize others according to the Spirit (2 Cor. 5:16)










  • Be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20)


  • Do not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1)
  • Give no cause for offense in anything (2 Cor. 6:3)






























  • Do not be bound together with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14)



  • Come out from them [unbelievers, idol worshippers, the lawless] and be separate (2 Cor. 6:16)
  • Do not touch what is unclean (2 Cor. 6:17)

  • Cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit (2 Cor. 7:1)
  • Perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor. 7:1)
  • Just as you abound in faith, speech, knowledge, earnestness & love, so also abound in giving (2 Cor. 8:7)
  • Show the proof of your love for others by sharing what you have (2 Cor. 8:24)
  • Give not grudgingly or under compulsion (2 Cor. 9:7)





  • Intercede [war] on behalf of the body of Christ
    • Destroy speculations and every loft thing raised up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5)
    • Take every thought [idea, perception, purpose that would harm the body] captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)
    • Punish [avenge] all disobedience [hearing wrongly or refusing to hear] (2 Cor. 10:6)
  • Boast not in yourself but in the Lord (2 Cor. 10:17-18)

  • Do not be deceived by the serpent as was Eve (2 Cor. 11:3)
  • Do not your minds to be led astray from the simplicity and devotion to Christ (2 Cor. 11:3)














  • Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5)
  • Examine yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you (2 Cor. 13:5)

    Be made complete (2 Cor. 13:11)
  • Be comforted (2 Cor. 13:11)
  • Be like-minded (2 Cor. 13:11)
  • Live in Peace (2 Cor. 13:11)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss (2 Cor. 13:12)