My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As I prepare to teach and lead Bible study, I find myself drawn to commentaries and books that involve the topics and books of the Bible that I will be interacting with. This year, one of the books that I have been thinking about and studying as a teacher is the book of 2 Corinthians. So, when I saw a Kindle deal on the book “Cutting Ties with Darkness,” I knew that I couldn’t go wrong by reading another commentary on 2 Corinthians.
There are two things that make this book unique as far as commentaries go. The first is that the remarks are actually quite brief on each topic. This is a commentary that you can cruise through, and not just that, it is a solid introduction to the ideas that are central to 2 Corinthians. If you read this book, you will feel that you have a thorough grounding in the central theme of 2 Corinthians.
The second unusual choice for Barry’s organization of this book is that he chooses to start his commentary in the middle of the book of 2 Corinthians. He starts with chapter 6’s comments on being “unequally yoked” because this is where Barry finds the pulse of the book. The Corinthians will never be the church that God wants them to be, and they will never follow Christ the way that should if they do not “cut ties with darkness.”
I was completely entranced by Barry’s organization of this book because I had never considered how central that theme is to 2 Corinthians. If the Corinthians do not choose to forsake evil and follow Christ, this church is not going to make it. In fact, all the difficulties that Paul addresses in both 1 and 2 Corinthians could be fixed if the Corinthians would make the conscious choice to follow God and to not yoke themselves with other gospels, pagan practices and immorality.
Why hadn’t the Corinthians been able to that? Because it was painful and difficult to give up those close associations that kept them from Christ.
Once Barry establishes this as his thesis, he returns to the beginning of 2 Corinthians and goes through it section by section. Although he does address most verses in the book, he does not do a traditional verse by verse running commentary. Verses are addressed out of order, and most verses are handled briefly. This isn’t the book that’s going to explain to you everything you need to know about 2 Corinthians, but there is a lot of great, inspirational insight into the book as you go through its pages.