2 Corinthians 7:12 Think First of Your Church

2 Corinthians 7:12 (KJV)
Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

Paul had written in his first letter and the fifth chapter a very stern rebuke for the actions of a young member. That member had by this time repented and the church as a whole had heeded the instruction of Paul. This had pleased him immeasurably in the midst of the battles he faced in Macedonia.

Paul here gives a statement both preachers and their congregations could learn much from.

He says that his rebuke was not primarily meant to correct the individual.
No doubt that was in his mind and heart. He cared for this one as can be seen in his instructions concerning him once he had repented.

He says he meant not chiefly to comfort and aide the one who had been wronged.
Surely this would have been a secondary goal. The one who had been wronged would surely have wanted it righted.

He says his first concern was the care of the whole body.
His primary goal was for the church.[1]

This ought to be the first concern of every preacher. Further every member of the church ought to understand that and desire it to be so. When the pastor gives direction, issues rebuke and even gets personal about it, the members of the church ought to take it that he is doing exactly what he is called to do. He is caring for the whole.

[1] See Gill’s notes as a confirmation.

 

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2 Corinthians 7:12 Think First of Your Church

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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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