2 Corinthians 2:17 (KJV)
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
Here is a sobering thought and with it a very important principle. Many corrupt the Word of God as they speak. Not all mind you, but many. It might be by now, for the corruption has surely leavened a lot of the lump by now, that most corrupt the Word when they speak.
But not all do.
Paul said the difference between he and the corrupters was this; he spoke (or preached) in Christ and in the sight of God. This was not his message, his opinions or for his favor. His preaching was:
- In the name of Christ
- For the sake of Christ and
- He was hidden in Christ
Further, he spoke in the sight of God. He recognized that God
- Saw every motion he made
- Knew every thought he had and
- Heard every word he said
He understood he would give an account to God. This understanding regulated and informed his preaching.
One might rightly argue that anyone, even the corrupters, could claim what Paul did. It would be impossible to tell because we cannot know the heart. Yes, but God can and does. Draw nigh to God. Grow in a real and vital relationship with him and He will bring you to that place where God’s Word is preached without corruption.
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