2 Corinthians 4:1 About the Ministry

2 Corinthians 4:1 (KJV)
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

A chapter about the ministry.

We faint not
At its difficulties and distresses. It is difficult. We must not avoid it because of the hardships involved.

We have renounced dishonesty
Paul refused to manipulate either the Word of God or the people he ministered to. The ministry would be what it was. He would be true to his convictions.

We accept that the gospel is hidden to some
As much as we might wish to make Christians out of unwilling souls, Paul would not do it.

We lift up Christ not preachers
The tool never accomplished anything without being taken in hand. The preacher is but the tool.

We embrace our weaknesses
That the excellency of power might be of God and not man. This is not to say we glory in our weaknesses. It gives us no excuse for lack of growth. It merely means we glory in God and not our skills.

I heard recently of the suicide of a pastor from California. Just after, I saw an article by Thom Rainer concerning the depression pastors go through. Pastoring is a challenging calling. Spurgeon said something like, “Depression is the Lot of the preacher. God will not share His glory.” Perhaps we ought to embrace such sensations rather than seeing them as signs of failure. On the other hand, I suspect we bring much of our depression upon ourselves because we place expectations upon ourselves God never intended us to take.

 

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2 Corinthians 4:1 About the Ministry

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Psalm 15:1-5 Who Stays in the House

I. HIS CONDUCT
Psalms 15:2 (KJV)
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

None of us are perfect. We make mistakes. We do things we later wished we had not done. We don’t do things we later wished we had. But the one who is serious about his relationship to his Lord and to His church strives to do the right thing.

II. HIS COMMUNICATION
Psalms 15:3 (KJV)
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

He is concerned that those who abide at the tabernacle are careful not to use their tongues against one another.

III. HIS CHARACTER
Psalms 15:4 (KJV)
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Just about anyone can pretend to be a good man for a little while.

Psalm 15:1-5 Who Stays in the House

2 Corinthians 3:1 No Further Proof Needed

2 Corinthians 3:1 (KJV)
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

The issue of Paul’s apostleship, his calling, his authority had been questioned previously and answered in the first letter, Paul simply refers to the question in this letter by saying, “no further commendation or proof is needed.” They were themselves the evidence of the calling of God upon him.

I would suggest that this is still the only necessary credential of God on a ministry. It is the only one that means anything anyway.

  • If a man has papers saying he is something, but does not do the thing, the paper is useless.
  • If, on the other hand, a man does a thing successfully, any papers he has are merely perfunctory. 

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2 Corinthians 3:1 No Further Proof Needed

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Romans 13:1-7 The Powers That Be

  1. We Should Respect Their Position
  2. We Should Recognize Priorities
  3. We Should Recognize Their Purpose
  4. We Should Render Due Payment 

    Government is the second of three institutions God created:

    • Marriage
    • Government and
    • Church

     

    Government is necessary because of the corrupt nature.

    There won’t be a perfect government until Christ comes again.

 

Psalms 102:18 A Faith That Will Sustain

Psalms 102:18 (KJV)
This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

The promise of this Psalm is, Psalms 102:28
The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

The Word of God, and this Psalm in particular, is written so that those who follow us will continue in the faith and be established (perhaps an allusion to heaven) before God.

So what does the Psalm teach that delivers this promise?

The psalmist was in desperate straits. He had enemies and his heart had been crushed. It seemed as if he was all but lost
(vs 3-11)

Like a pelican in the wilderness
Out of place.

Like an owl in the desert
Out of resources. And

Like a sparrow on the rooftop
Out of protection

  • He prayed
  • He cried and
  • He called out for speedy help.

(Vs 1-2)

And then he said this, Psalms 102:11-12
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

The point is that all of us, every one of us, withers and dies (on this earth). Only God endures forever. So the key isn’t to live as if I am going to live forever. The key to providing a faith that will sustain the next generation is to live as if God will endure forever.

I will fade from life and then from memory. Rather than trying to preserve myself I would be better off investing in others the knowledge of and relationship to my Eternal God.

 

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Psalms 102:18 A Faith That Will Sustain

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It’s Going To Be OK – There

Spiritual songs are generally an expression of the Christian experience. Consequently any of the spiritual songs of the past contain an element of suffering. While Christians in American have had little of it for the better part of our country’s history, suffering is a significant part of Christian life.

 

Psalms 100:4-5 Reasons To Praise

Psalms 100:4-5 (KJV)
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Here are three simple and immutable reasons to come into the house of God with thanksgiving and praise:

The Lord is good
Strong’s Concordance defines this as good, “in the widest sense.” God is Good in every way imaginable.

His mercy is everlasting
Everlasting comes from a word means to conceal or the vanishing point. It is reminiscent of infinity. It means His mercy extends beyond our vision. It continues until it simply fades out of view.

His truth endureth to all generations
The word “endureth” has been added by the translators. They italicized it so we would know they had done so. Kudos to them for their transparency and integrity. Still, it is obvious it belongs here and simply means, “as far, as long and as much as.”

God’s truth endures as far as all generations. As long as there is another generation God’s truth is still true. It needs no adjustment, no tweaking, no refinement to relate to another generation. What was true of the first generation to hear God’s truth is true of the last generation that will hear it.

Notice that praise and thanksgiving is all on account of God. If we have our eyes on Him we can always be thankful.

 

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2 Corinthians 1:23-24 This Preacher Has Done A Good Work

2 Corinthians 1:23-24 (KJV)
Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

I see three aspects of the preacher’s relationship to a congregation:

Authority
Be sparing concerning discipline.

Paul made no pretense concerning his authority as an apostle, preacher and overseer of their faith. He had the authority, even the responsibility to reprove, rebuke and correct. He was in no way shy to exercise this authority when appropriate.

Faith
Grant liberty concerning faith.

On the other hand, his authority was not to usurp the liberty of conscience of any. Every person has the Scriptural liberty to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. The preacher must not use his rightful authority to infringe on a believer’s soul liberty, lest he be guilty of lording over God’s heritage.

Joy
Be helpful concerning joy.

The balance, it appears to me is in this aspect of the ministry. Preachers ought first to be a “helpers of your joy.” Joy comes through:

  • Liberty to worship,
  • Freedom of guilt,
  • Usefulness in God’s service and
  • Contentment in Christ

If the preacher exercises himself to help in these areas, he has done a good work.

 

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2 Corinthians 1:23-24 This Preacher Has Done A Good Work

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1 Corinthians 16:10-11 That Type Of Man

1 Corinthians 16:10-11 (KJV)
Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

As much as they challenged and disrespected the Apostle Paul, I cannot imagine they would give Timothy or Apollos any great respect. No wonder Paul couldn’t say with certainty when or if they would come.

What is amazing is that Paul insisted that he would come and, if God permitted, stay there some time. This church had challenged

  • His apostleship,
  • His call, and
  • His credentials.

They doubted his boldness and did not believe he would look them in the face and call them out for their sins.

He had soundly rebuked them and assured them that he was being gracious in the letters.  He had caused them to sorrow and their sorrow had brought them to repentance.

It would not have been difficult to ignore the problem by avoiding them.

Not Paul.

A real man does not back down from challenge[1]. Paul was that type of man.

[1]I certainly do not mean that a real man is confrontational and obnoxious. I only mean that he does not shirk from and avoid situations that must be addressed.

 

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1 Corinthians 15:6-11 The Last Shall Be First

1 Corinthians 15:6-11 (KJV)
After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Life is a fabric woven together over time. It is not one event after the other. So too those themes that Paul deals with the Corinthians about find their way again and again in the fabric of his letters to them.

  • The subject of spiritual labor
  • The subject of authority
  • The subject of the church
  • The subject of communion

Surface once and again as Paul works his way through this book.

There are other subjects addressed such as spiritual gifts and even the resurrection, but they are couched in the context of these broader (I would never consider the resurrection “secondary”) subjects.

In a text that takes us back to Jesus’s own words, Matthew 19:30,
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Paul, who was:

  • The last of the apostles,
  • The last to see the resurrected Christ and
  • The last of them to be taught by Christ (while in the desert)

became the most well known of them all and the one whose impact has most influenced our world.

 

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