2 Corinthians 13:7-9 Never Settle

2 Corinthians 13:7-9 (KJV)
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 

Paul’s concern was not what the people thought of him but that their relationship with Christ was true and growing. He did not desire that he appeared powerful in their eyes. He did desire that they:

  • Would do no evil
  • Would do what was honest
  • Would be strong, and in fact
  • Would be perfect

A preacher must not settle for a ministry without trouble. If battle is necessary for the perfection of his congregation then he must boldly embrace the good fight.

 

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2 Corinthians 12:19 That’s What God Called Him To Do

2 Corinthians 12:19 (KJV)
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

There are two different interpretations possible for this passage:

  1. Don’t think this letter is a ploy to excuse my coming to you
  2. Don’t think those remarks of hardships are meant to endear you to me

The Apostle goes on from here to point out the purpose of his ministry:

  • As a tool for Christ
  • As a means to edify the brethren
  • As a method to resolve conflict
  • As a motivator to repentance

I have witnessed, over the years, many who look for the flaws, the failings and the humanity of their preachers and view those as excuses for their disregard of the ministry of that preacher.

No doubt he has many areas of weakness that might be exploited by others. He may choose to be transparent about his walk with God before his congregation. But his weaknesses are meant of God to be lessons of spiritual growth and not excuses for stagnation. His illustrations from personal life are not meant by him to glorify self but to stir others to glorify God.

Stop looking for the flaws in your pastor and allow him to help you follow Christ.

That’s what God called him to do.

 

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2 Corinthians 12:19 That’s What God Called Him To Do

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2 Corinthians 11:7 Truth over Eloquence

2 Corinthians 11:7 (KJV)
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

There are at least two obvious subjects at issue in this passage:

One is financial
Paul did not insist on financial care. Though he readily admitted that such was ethical and right, in the case of the Corinthians he chose not to either require or accept compensation from them. Any discerning person can tell when money is going to hinder a cause. Paul refused to allow it to do so.

The other is eloquence
Paul’s manner was not one of polish and performance. He used plain speech easily understood by the unlearned. He was quick to point out that this in no way meant he was unlearned but that he chose not to communicate in that style.

Why would either of these be offensive? Why would he possibly be attacked for either of these?

It was because, by choosing the course he did, he set himself in opposition to another cast of “preacher.” His course separates him from those who insisted on being well compensated for their apparent learning. Paul bluntly called them false, deceitful and ministers of Satan.

Now we have a new generation of Christians, often led by younger pastors, who are once again enamored by the seemingly higher educated. They turn to those in the Reformed Theology schools for their doctrine and for their refinement. I suspect it is also so they may receive better compensation for their “work.”

Why must they turn to them? There are, among Baptists, many solid, wise, experienced and powerful men of God from whom they might seek wisdom. The trouble is, those men have chosen to use plainness of speech over enticing words and truth over paychecks.

And those men are not afraid to call the reformers what they are: false, deceitful and ministers of Satan.

 

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2 Corinthians 9:12-14 Offerings Supply More Than Need

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 (KJV)
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

I try hard never to take for granted the generosity of the people of the Lord. Though I am convinced that the tithe belongs to God and to keep it for ourselves is to rob God, still, I know that every offering is giving freely and willingly and cannot be coerced. I am so amazed at the generosity of the people of God I am blessed to pastor. Notice Paul says those offerings do more than supply need:

They generate thanksgiving
More important than the things the money buys is the thanksgiving it brings to the heart.

They create glory toward God
Did you see that they glorify God not because their needs are met but because such generosity reveals our subjection to God? Giving demonstrates obedience.

They lead to prayer
Our gifts to the work of God lead others to pray for us. We need to be in prayer for the people of God. When we give generously we may expect that they, in kind, pray for us.

 

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2 Corinthians 9:12-14 Offerings Supply More Than Need

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2 Corinthians 7:2 No Reason To Reject Him

2 Corinthians 7:2 (KJV)
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

It is in this very chapter where the Apostle writes, 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

He reflects back to his first letter and admits:
That it was confrontational
He knew they would be hurt by it.

That he was concerned about their reaction
He knew they might turn on him because of it.

In spite of this he urges them to receive or accept him and he claims:
We have wronged no man
He has done nothing unjust, immoral or, may I add, unscriptural.

We have corrupted no man
He had done nothing that would defile or ruin a person’s relationship with God or man.

We have defrauded no man
He had done nothing for selfish motives or personal gain.

I can’t imagine a situation where everyone would agree with every position or action a person takes. This is no reason to reject them. So long as they have acted morally, honestly and selflessly, they should be received and welcomed.

 

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2 Corinthians 7:2 No Reason To Reject Him

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2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Listen And Learn

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (KJV)
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

The word straightened means to be hemmed in. Paul said that (though we know he had soundly rebuked them in the previous book) he was not upset with them. He was not hindering their spiritual growth. His desire and his ministry among them had been for their benefit and growth.

They had been straightened, hemmed in, hindered by their own selves. It was their bowels, their emotions and their lack of mercy that had closed them in.

Verse 13, the sense is this, if they would embrace Paul’s ministry, his heart and his Words, they could once again be on a path of spiritual growth.

A preacher may seem from time to time, to be harsh and unwilling to allow for new things to bring growth. Truth is, new things do not bring growth. Biblical ministry does that. Listen, learn and don’t resist the old paths of faithful preachers.

 

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2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Listen And Learn

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2 Corinthians 5:4 Confident of Resurrection Life

2 Corinthians 5:4 (KJV)
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

This chapter reminds me, in so many ways, of 1 Corinthians 15. If we can say that the earlier chapter is the assurance of the resurrection then we can say that this chapter is the application of the resurrection.

Being confident of resurrection life;

  • We look forward to that resurrection
  • We labor acceptably
  • We acknowledge the judgment seat of Christ
  • We strive to win men to Jesus
  • We view others as immortal souls
  • We work as ambassadors
  • We wish to reconcile men to God

 

 

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2 Corinthians 5:4 Confident of Resurrection Life

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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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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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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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