2 Corinthians 9:15 Unto God

2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV)
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

The entire chapter is taken up with, if you will, praises for the church in Corinth. 

  • Their forwardness to give
  • Their readiness
  • Their bountifulness 
  • Their cheerfulness 
  • Their contribution to thanksgiving of others
  • Their prayers
  • Their exceeding grace

were all an example and had provoked others to the same. 

We are bound to recognize and give thanks to those who “get it” and then “give it.”

Then the chapter ends, not with their gifts, but God’s unspeakable gift. 

Someone might argue that His gift was their generosity. I beg to differ. The only gift that could possibly be considered unspeakable is that gift God Himself gave when He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. 

His unspeakable gift is the foundation upon which all Christian giving rests. 

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2 Corinthians 9:15 Unto God

Genesis 3:11 Who Told You That?

Genesis 3:11 (KJV)
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

When God asked the question, “Who told thee…?” There were only a couple of possible answers. There just were not that many voices available to them. They had been created specifically to fellowship with God. Obviously, they were getting some “fellowship” from another source:

Adam said it was Eve
Eve said it was the serpent 

He, the serpent, the devil, Satan, is at the bottom of every lie we hear. 

The original sin, and the one that plunged mankind into corruption, happened when God’s people accepted fellowship with those who were not God’s people. 

And so it is with almost every problem we get ourselves into. 

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Genesis 3:11 Who Told You That?

2 Corinthians 7:16 Purposeful Measures

2 Corinthians 7:16 (KJV)
I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.

Knowing, as we do, that there was a contingent, however large or small, who were adamantly opposed to the ministry of the Apostle, this passage is remarkable. 

In order for Titus to return from Corinth with a good report he had to have, for the most part, dismissed this negative contingent. For the Apostle Paul to state his confidence in this church, “in all things” he must have had to do the same. 

This is not to say they ignored them. Paul clearly confronts this negative element in subsequent chapters. Therefore, Titus must have given Paul a report concerning them. This suggests that, while aware of the negative element, and willingly addressing it, neither Titus, nor Paul allowed themselves to focus upon them. 

Our nature tends to amplify and remember the negative. It is for that reason we have to take purposeful measures to note and record what is positive. One must choose to focus on what God is doing. In that way what the world does, the negative, diminishes into its appropriate space in our lives. 

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2 Corinthians 7:16 Purposeful Measures

Malachi 3:14 Is It Vain to Serve God?

Malachi 3:14 (KJV)
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

I imagine a number of Americans feel this way this morning. I think it is a misplaced sentiment based upon putting hopes in politics and not God. The response of so many today is evidence that we have not learned our lesson. God has a plan for all of this, and He has an answer. 

Fear the Lord
Vs 16, 
From chapter 4:2, But unto you that fear my name shall of the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings……
He arises only to those who fear his name.

Speak often one to another
Vs 16
No wonder governments wish to restrict this. Whether we agree that COVID-19 is a threat or not, it is apparent that government is using it to curtail gatherings of spiritual nature. I do not believe it is possible for them to prevent gatherings of true believers. 

Discern between the righteous and the wicked
Vs 18
I believe that the current state is manifesting the two quite clearly. I read the other day that the number of attendees that define a large church has gone down from 400 to 250. I imagine that number will continue to decline.

When those who fear the Lord speak often one with another, in the current climate we will soon discern between the righteous and the wicked and the Lord will bring healing, not to this lost world, but to those who look for and to Him alone.  

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Malachi 3:14 Is It Vain to Serve God?

2 Corinthians 5:16 From Now On

2 Corinthians 5:16 (KJV)
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Verse seventeen reads, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Today this newness is positional. God sees us as new creatures because we are in Christ. In that it is positional, it is actual, even though it is not yet experiential. 

Verse sixteen must be viewed in a similar manner based off of verses fourteen and fifteen, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

The love of Christ constrains is to see others, not after the flesh but according to these truths:

First Christ died for them all

Second all of them are therefore dead

Third those of us who live must do so not for self but for Christ. 

That being the case, we ought to see everyone who is in Christ as a new creature. We ought to see them, not as they are experientially, but as they are positionally. 

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2 Corinthians 5:16 From Now On

Zechariah 14:9 We All Want Peace

Zechariah 14:9 (KJV)
And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

It seems to me that everyone wants just about the same thing; we want peace on earth. 

  • We want no wars
  • We want no enemies 
  • We want to dwell safely all the days of our lives

It also seems to me that just about everyone believes that there is but one way to achieve this peace, world unity. 

The trouble is that we all want unity around our faith. 

  • The Muslim
  • The Communist 
  • The Liberal even
  • The Atheist 

All seek to create a unified world by forcing everyone in the world to conform to their worldview. 

This is not a new concept. It is in fact the plan of God. Satan and all his variations of view have copied God’s plan and are doing their dead level best to make it so, only around themselves and not the Lord. 

It won’t work. God’s plan is immutable. It’s also unique to theirs in that it is not forced. God only gathers in one those who seek Him. 

Worldviews all seem to be in a horse race to come out on top and declare themselves the winner. These days it appears that any one of them might come out ahead. Any one that is but the Lord. 

He’s not in the race. 

He crossed the finish line at Calvary. 

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Zechariah 14:9 We All Want Peace

2 Corinthians 4:2 A Powerful Word

2 Corinthians 4:2 (KJV)
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Renounced is such a powerful word. The one in the ministry, yea, I would insist the believers in general, ought to take this passage to heart. 

  • We renounce dishonesty and craftiness 
  • We renounce the deceitful handling of the Bible

We choose to manifest the truth

  • Concerning ourselves
  • Concerning the Word of God

We place ourselves at the mercy of every man’s conscience trusting God to see and bless in whatsoever ways He will. 

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2 Corinthians 4:2 A Powerful Word

2 Corinthians 3:16 My Heart Affects My Mind

2 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

The “it” this verse speaks of is the heart from verse fifteen. Usually, we think of the heart as the seat of affection. That is a biblical application but the one specifically applied here is the mind. We find that in verse fourteen.

Perhaps the most appropriate way to understand this passage is to see the connection between the heart and the mind. The Bible says, Lamentations 3:51 (KJV) Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city. Conversely, our affections, those things we love, influence the way our minds see and interpret what is around us. 

This passage addresses the Jews specifically. The Jews have no affection for Jesus and therefore have poor understanding of even the Old Testament portion of God’s Word. It is a mistake, by the way, to believe we can understand the Old Testament better by learning from the Jews. The Bible says they are blinded. But the Bible says that whenever their heart turns to the Lord the vail is taken away. They can then understand the Bible in ways they could not have seen before. 

What is true for the Jew is equally true of all others. The Bible is a mystery, a closed book, a cloaked parable when the heart is not affected for Jesus. But let the heart of a man, any man, turn to the Lord and he will find that the Bible opens itself to them as the Holy Spirit, now dwelling in them, shines light on those once darkened pages. 

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2 Corinthians 3:16 My Heart Affects My Mind

2 Corinthians 2:9 Could You? Would You?

2 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

Here is a tough one. The preacher says the reason he has written this letter is to find out whether they would be obedient in all things. It was given that they had been obedient in some things. 

Could they, would they be obedient in this?

In the first letter there had been one whose sin was such as would not have been so much as named even among the most wicked of the world. This man had been cast out of the church and delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh. 

  • Would they now forgive him?
  • Would they now comfort him?
  • Would they now confirm their love toward him?

It might be difficult sometimes to discipline someone. But to forgive them is manifold more difficult. To forgive to the extent of offering comfort and expressing love raises the level of difficulty exponentially.

Could you?

Would you?

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2 Corinthians 2:9 Could You? Would You?

Zechariah 8:2 Inside the Walls

Zechariah 8:2 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

My interest is in the title, the LORD of hosts. God is LORD, master, sovereign. In this case He wants us to know He is that over the hosts. 

The term comes from an ancient pictograph of a man on his side and a tent. It represents he who is inside the walls. The one who is protected by the walls. The term developed to mean a garrison or army. “That which goes forth.” 

God is LORD of His forces. He may use them at His will to protect and enclose those He loves and the people of His interest. 

Elisha’s servant came to discover he was walled around by the host of heaven. 

The believer, so assured, need never fear.

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Zechariah 8:2 Inside the Walls