Norman describes 2 Corinthians as a letter written to a church in crisis. Norman captures the intimacy of the relationship between Paul and the Corinthians. Yet, he is also prepared to deal harshly with them when necessary. Where sin had been left unchallenged, Paul issues a bold challenge to sin in the church. Thus, the letter demonstrates discipline through love. One of Norman’s main themes is intercession. What is the real meaning of intercession, and how does Paul’s life exemplify this crucial principal? We are reminded that the life of an intercessor will cost physically, mentally and psychologically, and involves a hidden dying—“as death works in me, life works in you” (2 Cor. 4:12). Norman describes Paul’s letter as a marvelous presentation of the benefits of spiritual insights that touch the very core of life.
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