2 Corinthians 2:17 Not All Corrupt The Word

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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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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