Paul tells us that believers will share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ. And those sufferings come to us in many different forms.
Why did God promise ruin on Israel's neighbours? So that they would know that he was truly the LORD God. Why did God promise restoration for Israel? For exactly the same reason. God reveals his character in wrath and in grace.
Paul was an apostle. But he confessed that he was a weak man in need of mercy and comfort every day.
Tyre was ruled by a great and brilliant king. But behind the scenes lurked a far more awesome - and sinister - figure.
An introduction to 2 Corinthians. How was that church planted? What went wrong? Why did Paul write his letters to the Corinthians?