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 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 1:7 Saved for Certain

2 Corinthians 1:7 (KJV)
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

Among the Calvinists, there is a phrase, “hopefully converted.” They don’t view anyone as genuinely saved until they have persevered to death. The Calvinist, though stubbornly claiming to hold to the absolute sovereignty of God, rest the whole matter of salvation upon the works of the sinner.

I find it interesting, then, that Paul says of the Corinthians his hope of them was steadfast. 

  • He was confident that they were saved. 
  • He expected that they were saved. 
  • He had no question that they were saved.

This hope was of the church’s people he had only recently corrected harshly. He was concerned they might not respond well to his rebukes, but he was not concerned they about their salvation.

There was a faction in the church Paul challenged concerning their faith. There is such a thing as a false profession of faith. But one who is saved is saved for certain. There is no reason for us to be skeptical and cynical. Salvation is of the Lord. Since He is sure, so is salvation.

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2 Corinthians 12:2 I Knew a Man

2 Corinthians 12:2 (KJV)
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

I knew a man
The context allows us to understand this man to be Paul. He uses the third person to detach himself somewhat and remove from the passage any cause for self-glory. Indeed, the entire passage is designed to remove from Paul any self-glory. All anyone need ever know about Paul is what they see and hear.[1]

I knew a man above fourteen years ago
I’m thinking of myself fourteen years or more ago. I’m thinking of those days just beginning the pastorate in Astoria about thirty-eight years ago. All of that seems more like a dream than reality these days. I know it happened. I know I was there. I know we started with absolutely nothing. I know some people hurt us so terribly. I know others stayed by us. I know God did miraculous things to care for us, provide for us, and to bring us to the place we are today.

I want to, even need to tell those stories. But they are almost unreal in my memory and maybe seem irrelevant to those who might hear.

Is that some of what Paul expressed?


[1] 2 Corinthians 12:6 (KJV)
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

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2 Corinthians 12:2 I Knew a Man

2 Corinthians 11:6 Effectiveness in the Message

2 Corinthians 11:6 (KJV)
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

The Apostle’s only genuine concern was that he minister to the souls of these people. He wasn’t trying to impress anyone or build himself up to be someone. He only wanted to present them chaste before the Lord Jesus Christ.[1]

There are three parts to this verse that contribute to his effectiveness in the message:

Rudeness of speech
The word has to do with a simple or unlearned pattern of speech. Interestingly, we know that Paul was quite well educated. Any plainness in his speech patterns then, was intentional. He chose not to use a manner of speaking that would bring attention to his education but instead would bring clarity to his message. He put all his cookies on the bottom shelf.

Knowledge
Though his manner of speech was plain, his level of knowledge in the things of God was far from limited. The Apostle’s relationship with the Lord was personal. His understanding of the plan of God was deep. His experience as a man of God was full. One would miss nothing if his teacher were Paul.

Transparency
Rather than impress people with his knowledge by using excellency of speech, Paul elected to demonstrate Christian truth by being fully transparent in his life. This choice had its hiccups. Some then found things to fault him. Some could suggest people would not grow to maturity as quickly this way. The truth is knowledge in the things of God does not produce maturity. Genuineness does.

Paul chose genuine Christianity over quick results.


[1] 2 Corinthians 11:2 (KJV)
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

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2 Corinthians 11:6 Effectiveness in the Message

2 Corinthians 7:2 A Reason to Be Upset

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

No man is perfect, and all of us have sinned. That being the case, there is pretty much always a reason for one to be upset at another – if that’s what we want to be.

Apostle Paul knew some people in the church at Corinth were not fans of his. He besought those very same people to receive him based on these three truths:

We have wronged no man
He had not hurt any of them, either physically or socially. On the contrary, he had corrected and rebuked them. Neither of those has effected an injury upon them.

We have corrupted no man
Nothing he had said, done, or taught had influenced anyone to ruin or defilement. No one was morally or spiritually worse for the ministry of Apostle Paul.

We have defrauded no man
He had not taken advantage or gotten gain for himself from any of them. He had not stolen from them or even coveted what was theirs.

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2 Corinthians 7:2 A Reason to Be Upset

2 Corinthians 6:1 Workers Together

2 Corinthians 6:1 (KJV)
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

It seems to me that the Apostle, as an ambassador for Christ,[1] beseeches his reader toward two things:

  • First, to the lost, that they would come immediately to Christ for salvation.
  • Second, to the believer, that they would come out from among them of the world.

The context, as I understand it, is a sect of Judaizers in the church. They would have prevented some from coming to true saving faith by adding the works of the law as necessary for salvation. Moreover, they would have spoiled the testimony of those already saved by teaching them a legalistic form of Christianity that required works for righteousness.

As a worker together with Christ, Paul suffered dramatically for begging souls not to receive the grace of God in vain. They ought to come to Christ by faith without works and then come out from among[2] those who taught anything otherwise.


[1] 2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV)
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

[2] 2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

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2 Corinthians 6:1 Workers Together

2 Corinthians 5:5-6 Confidence

2 Corinthians 5:5-6 (KJV)
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

Paul was confident. He said so twice.[1]

But his confidence was not in himself. He was confident because he knew that God had wrought or made him for the purpose of life swallowing up mortality.[2]

  • He knew the purpose of God was more than a few years on earth. 
  • He knew that God had created him to live forever. 
  • He knew that death, whenever it came, would only usher in this life God had created him to experience. 
  • He knew that when this tabernacle we currently reside in dissolves, there is a house awaiting us in heaven.[3]
  • He knew to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Knowing these, he was confident to deliver the Word of God in whatever circumstance.


[1] 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

[2] 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.

[3] 2 Corinthians 5:1 (KJV)
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

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2 Corinthians 5:5-6 Confidence