It is very forceful. >Paul writes "as a fool" 1123. He boasts often to the church at Corinth because he wanted them to turn from false teachers 1116. They would have identified him and his teaching as a standard of Christianity.
His letters seem to be more pastoral than for establishing doctrine. >He is dealing with specific problems. The people were being taught that they were spirit and flesh and that since the spirit was immortal, what they did in the flesh didn't matter 0510. Their behavior is seen in 1co05 and 6.
|Suffering; Paul's defense of his sincerity|
|Forgiveness and victory|
|Being an epistle, spirit or letter of the law|
|Mission, determination and courage|
|Absent from the body; going to heaven|
|True ministry; holiness|
|Giving; Christ as our pattern|
|Ministry of believers; cheerful giving|
|Spiritual warfare; Paul's authority|
|False disciples; boasting in suffering|
|Paul's thorn, apostleship, and love|
|Authority, gentleness and benediction|