2 Corinthians 10:2 Please. Don’t Be Them

2 Corinthians 10:2 (KJV)
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

There was a sort of boldness the Apostle did not want to practice among these Christians.

There were some with whom he was not hesitant to be bold and aggressive. I take it that, in this case, they were Judaizers. They were people who resisted Paul’s ministry and taught that Christians were to incorporate Jewish practices and customs – Mosiac Law – into the course of their faith. Paul was bold against them. (I think partially because they were bold against what he taught. A teacher of the Word might accept some differences of faith. But he cannot if those who hold a different view are not gracious in return.)

The gist of this text is Paul’s concern that these Christians do not turn into those he must confront.

  • He was not afraid to do it
  • He did not want to do it unless necessary.

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2 Corinthians 9:12 The Concept of Christian Generosity

2 Corinthians 9:12 (KJV)
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

The concept of generosity. Giving, and giving abundantly, – even sacrificially – is such a fundamental principle in the Bible, we can hardly overstate it.

Paul says of the offering being taken that it
Supplied the want of the needs of the saints
Practically speaking, a need was met through the gift. I think of the missionaries’ offerings or the church’s tithes. The ministries would not exist without the generous and faithful, often sacrificial giving of the people of God.

Produced thanksgivings unto God.
We acknowledge the generosity of the giver, but the praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving go up to God.

Resulted in our Lord being glorified
Which is the most important thing any one of us can do in this life. Let all things be done to the glory of the Lord.

Responded with prayer being offered on behalf of the giver
No gift, given to God, goes unrewarded. What better payment in return for the generosity of a believer than that believer then receiving the prayers of those whose needs have been met?

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2 Corinthians 8:23 The Local Church Is God’s Perfect Plan

2 Corinthians 8:23 (KJV)
Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

The messengers of the churches were two men selected[1] by the churches to travel with Titus as he collected the offerings from the various churches for the saints in Jerusalem. Paul wanted to “provide for things honest.”[2] He wanted witnesses to see that the money collected was handled honestly and to give testimony of the same.

But what about them? Should the question be raised about who they were and whether they were trustworthy, Paul’s answer, provided in anticipation and as a preventative, was

  • They were appointed by the churches
  • They were the glory of Christ

Paul was so confident in God’s leading through the local church that he saw no conflict saying that those sent out of the local church to do the work of the ministry are “the glory of Christ.”

I suppose this reflects on the messengers’ character because the churches would not have sent them if they had a reputation of poor character. But that is not the emphasis. I imagine Paul was familiar enough with the individual churches to trust their selections would be the highest character. But again, this does not seem to be the focus. The focus is Christ. He operates in and through local churches. Paul had such confidence in God’s plan through the church that he called their appointments “the glory of Christ.”

No church is perfect, and no messenger sent out of a church is perfect. But it is the perfect plan of God to send those messengers out of the local churches. And it is His glory reflected in them through His plan.


[1] It is the same Greek word as apostles. They were not apostles in the same sense as those chosen of Christ. But they were chosen by the churches. That carries great weight in the eyes of Apostle Paul.

[2] Romans 12:17 (KJV)

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

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2 Corinthians 8:23 The Local Church Is God’s Perfect Plan

Genesis 40:7 This’ll Will Get Us Through

Genesis 40:7 (KJV)
And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

The officers had worked for a Pharaoh so mighty he could have them in prison just because they offended him. They were in jail. And yet, Joseph could see they were sad the morning after their dreams.

Even under challenging circumstances, I observe that a man does not have to be sad. At least not every day. Joseph had every reason, I think, to be depressed and miserable. Indeed, he wished to escape prison and even took steps to that effect in the passage. But he wasn’t depressed beyond measure. He was still diligent, faithful, and full of faith.

Life brings difficulties our way. It’s not wrong to acknowledge them. It is not evil to take steps to get passed them.  But we never have to be overwhelmed by them.

Faith in God and choosing to do right[1] will get us through.


[1] The baker had obviously done wrong.

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Genesis 40:7 This’ll Will Get Us Through

2 Corinthians 7:15 Will You Be My Friend?

2 Corinthians 7:15 (KJV)
And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

Many years ago now, a man I knew well contacted me and, in tears, asked me, “Will you be my friend?”

This was a man whose friendship I would have cherished. He was manly, hard-working, and given to spiritual things. I liked him as a person and respected him as a man. But I had witnessed his slip away from the things of the Lord.

I responded that I would be honored to be called his friend and thought of him as my friend. But I said my focus in life was the Lord and His church. I told him that a close friendship would have to be built around God’s house. It was not what he was looking for. He wanted me to be his hunting and fishing friend. He wanted someone to hang out with at the ocean who would have a Christian testimony. He wanted to be around a Christian. He just didn’t want to be around the church too much. Needless to say, though I still count him a friend, I disappointed him.

My Biblical direction comes from this passage. Titus had a deep, inward affection for the people of the church in Corinth

  • Because they received him, and more
  • Because of their obedience and
  • Because of their fear and trembling

Believers cherish those who pour themselves into the things of God. They are our deepest friendships. Those who move away from the things of God we hold dear also move away from us. It’s not that we love them less. We love the Lord and the things of the Lord too much to move away from them.

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2 Corinthians 7:15 Will You Be My Friend?

Genesis 37:29-30 It Is Always Right

Genesis 37:29-30 (KJV)
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

Rueben found himself in a real pickle. He didn’t agree with his brothers, but he didn’t disagree either. He didn’t care for Joseph any more than they did, but he didn’t want to shed blood and didn’t want to hurt his father.

His brothers, who were not as willing followers as Rueben might have thought, had little interest in Rueben’s feelings on the matter. They didn’t care for him any more than they did for Joseph. I don’t think any of them cared about anyone but themselves.

Rueben’s trouble was in attempting to please both sides. He wanted to maintain his allegiance to his brothers, but he also wanted to please his father.

The answer to the solution would have been to consider Joseph (mostly to consider God). Had he put his foot down, called this wickedness, and stood with Joseph,

  • He wouldn’t have been in this pickle.
  • He would not have had to live with twenty years of guilt
  • He would not have had to hide this from his father

Doing right is not always easy.

It is always right.

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Genesis 37:29-30 It Is Always Right

Genesis 33:11 Insincere Gifting

Genesis 33:11 (KJV)
Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

I feel like I’m telling on myself, but I need to clear my conscience. Obviously, I’m not over it. 

A few weeks ago, I gave my neighbor an electric trolling motor. My intentions were good. He is very sick. I had put the motor on a for sale site and had offers, but I did not want to haggle. My neighbor likes boating, likes fishing, and I was sure he would appreciate it. He accepted it graciously.

A bit later, he called me over. As I approached, he reached out his hand. I could see he had some money. He said he wanted to give it to me for the motor. Now the embarrassing part. Even as I shook my head and insisted I had given him the motor, I accepted the money into my hand. Later it occurred to me that if I had sincerely not been interested in the money, I would not have taken it in the first place.

This is what I see happening in this passage. Esau and Jacob both said they had enough. They negotiated whether to receive the gift, but in the end, Esau took it. Jacob wanted to buy his brother’s favor, and Esau wanted to pretend to have no need. Neither had completely sincere motives.

To be generous without selfish motivation is difficult. It will not happen without intention. 

But is the Christ-like thing.

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Genesis 32:10 Mercy and Truth; We Are Not Worthy 

Genesis 32:10 (KJV)
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

Though Jacob was not worthy, God had been kind to him. He had gone out of the Promised Land with nothing but a staff. I see that as a tool. He had his parents to thank for training him in a livelihood and equipping him with a strong work ethic. But that is all he had. He returned, he said, with two bands. He had become so prosperous that, in his return to the Promised Land and preparation to meet Esau, he had divided his holdings into two companies. Indeed, God had been kind to him.

Jacob did reference his substance, but that of which he said he was not worthy was not substance. He said he was not worthy

  • Of God’s mercy or
  • Of God’s truth

I think we would all agree with the first. Mercy is, by definition, unmerited. 

If we deserved it and were worthy of it, then receiving it would not be merciful; it would be right, fair, and our due.

We are not worthy of God’s mercy. Further, we are not worthy of God’s truth. We are not worthy of the Word of God; we are not worthy of the illumination of the Holy Ghost upon the Word. We are not worthy of having received it, to have understood any portion of it, or to be granted the faith to respond to it. 

The Bible connects Jesus Christ to the Word and to the truth. We surely agree that we are not worthy of Him.

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Genesis 32:10 Mercy and Truth; We Are Not Worthy

Genesis 30:8 Sibling Rivalry

Genesis 30:8 (KJV)
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Recently I performed a wedding. The lighting of the candles, one on either side of the unity candle, was performed by the two youngest brothers of the groom. I know them both to be kindhearted and generous young men. But they are brothers. One of the two could get his lighter struck quickly, and his candle lit. The other, struggling with his lighter, tried to get his brother’s, who sternly refused to give it up. He did attempt to light the candle for his brother, who wasn’t about to allow that to happen. My son, watching with his mother from the audience, smiled and remarked, “Sibling rivalry,” to his mom, my wife. He recognized immediately what was going on. I don’t imagine there is much that concerns a parent more than sibling rivalry. We want our kids to get along.

I believe the same to be true of our Lord. It must be a grief to Him that the children of His creation would fight and war among themselves.

But it does happen—a lot.

  • Cain and Abel
  • Rachel and Leah

Is it any wonder that Joseph’s brothers were so cruel to him as to sell him as a slave?

A unique bond belongs to Christians, especially in a local Church. We are brethren. But we, too, are prone to some “sibling rivalry.” This is a particular grief to the Lord. We are taught in many New Testament passages to endeavor to keep unity in the bond of peace.[1]

We are all different in personality, passions, and preferences. But the fact that Christ is the redeemer of all the brethren in the church demands that we let His mind be in us.


[1] Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Genesis 30:8 Sibling Rivalry

Genesis 28:15 Confidence in God’s Promise

Genesis 28:15 (KJV)
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

God’s promise to never leave or sake His people are so many, so varied by time, circumstances, and personalities. God’s promise to keep and perform what He has said in His Word are so frequent that I have little question whether He will perform the thing He has said.

Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I suggest that this is the mark of true faith. 

  • Anyone can make a lifestyle choice
  • One’s worldview is influenced by almost inexplicable factors
  • Religion is as often a hindrance to Christianity as a help

When we get down to the foundation of all things, true faith is trusting God.

That sort of faith shows up in the life one lives.

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Genesis 28:15 Confidence in God’s Promise