2 Corinthians 4:1 This Ministry

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

The ministry Apostle Paul spoke of was the ministry of grace. It was despised in his day. It was misunderstood and maligned. But it was the ministry God has given him and he dove into it with all his being. 

Now we have had a new sort of “ministry” thrust upon us. It is a ministry through the pandemic. It seems like there is no place on the planet that has not been impacted. It has reduced our church services to a small team to broadcast over the internet and radio. It has removed us from the faces of those we care for. It has left us with little to do but remain isolated and pray. 

May we not faint. May we take in hand the tools available to us and wield them in the might of the Holy Ghost. 

  • We can call
  • We can txt
  • We can encourage through electronic means
  • WE CAN PRAY

Lord, teach us to pray. 

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2 Corinthians 3:11 We Will Be Better

2 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV)
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

It is very clear that the thing done away is the Old Testament law and the thing that remains is New Testament grace. Today I was reminded of the refiner’s fire how, in the furnace, the dross rises to the surface and is then removed.

It happened in the United States. The Civil War was a terrible fire. But what remained when it was over was a much greater world influence than could have been prior. 

The current situation may not be the worst our world, our country or even our citizens have or will ever see, but it is certainly more dramatic than anything I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t have imagined a time when the government would force the closure of churches and the majority of Christians would agree. I do not see how we can come out of this the same as we entered it. 

Here’s the good news. God is alive. This virus (and the media that has whipped it into a panic) has not caught God off guard. We will be different when this thing is over. 

We will be better. 

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2 Corinthians 1:10 God Will Protect

2 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

I realize that any personal application of a passage such as this sets us on less than steady ground. God’s Word, rightly divided is absolute, sure and perfect. God’s Word, when used as an application, can provide profitable but not perfect principles. Paul said God had delivered him, does deliver and will deliver him. Even in his case, there came a day when deliverance was not in the form of escape from physical death. 

I can testify that, in over 37 years of ministry, God has delivered me and my family many times. I am confident He is delivering us from the threats we experience today and, ultimately, He will deliver us when we see Him in glory. 

Now we are under the threat of the Covid-19 virus. God has protected us from so many illnesses in the past. I remember Pastor Don Smith remarking how, when the flu was going around Platteville CO, he and I had stayed well even while out visiting people. In 37 years of preaching, I have only missed preaching because I was sick one time, and that was just recently. I have gotten sick over the years, but God got me through it.  I am certain that God will continue to provide for and protect the people of His churches. We must but look to Him. 

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2 Corinthians 12:11 Empty – Except Christ

2 Corinthians 12:11 (KJV)
I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

There is so much humanity in this chapter it astounds me. There is so much here we would never wish our preachers to be. 

  • There is uncertainty 
  • There is weakness
  • There is submission 
  • There is prayer answered no
  • There is sympathy (the more I love..,)
  • There is irony
  • There is fearfulness 
  • There is humbling 

We like our preachers today to be leaders; strong, certain, victorious. Paul really was none of those. 

Now consider our primary text. Notice the dichotomy of the passage. Paul admitted coming behind the other apostles in nothing. He was not afraid to assert his position. In the same breath, Paul said that he was nothing. This is the great need of preachers today. We need to accept our calling with confidence while at the same time remembering we are, but vessels, empty of anything valuable except Christ. 

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2 Corinthians 8:20 Honest Things

2 Corinthians 8:20 (KJV)
Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

Second Corinthians chapter eight is about two things:

  • Generous giving and
  • The men who administer it

While the only names provided us are Paul and Titus, there is reference to another in verse eighteen and of “our brethren” in verse twenty-three. 

Paul took personal responsibility in,
2 Corinthians 8:21
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 

If we would ask people to be generous, we must expect to provide for honest things in the administration of those offerings. It is true that the gift given to God must be freely given and let go of. It does not follow that such allows for careless use of the gift so generously and freely given.

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2 Corinthians 7:10 The Age of Depression

2 Corinthians 7:10 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

The first examples of the truth delivered in this passage that come to my mind is that of Judas and Peter. 

  • Both men denied Jesus in the tough time
  • Both were struck with conviction of the denial of Jesus Christ 
  • Both sorrowed and were obviously distraught with their actions

But one man repented and led the first and greatest revival since the resurrection of Christ while the other went out and hung himself. 

We live in an age of depression. The statistics are staggering. The growth of the mental health industry is alarming and yet it is not making a difference. Just this week I learned of three, I wrote correctly, three New York police officers who committed suicide. What the circumstances were, I do not know. I do know this is tragic. 

Despite what the atheist agnostic and mental health professional will say, there is only one way to reverse this epidemic; turn the sorrow of this world into godly sorrow. We must acknowledge God and the breaking of His standards. We must honestly confess our sins to God. We must grieve over this sin. We must mortify the seeds of the body. Then we must embrace and rejoice in the promises of God. 

  • A promise of kinship
  • A promise of cleansing and
  • A promise of forgiveness 

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2 Corinthians 7:10 The Age of Depression

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2 Corinthians 6:1 Vain Grace

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.

Perhaps the companion passage, the one that interprets this passage best for us is 

James 2:14-26 (KJV)
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

To have received this Gospel grace and to leave it untapped, untried and unused is vanity indeed. 
Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

What a travesty to possess so great salvation and then to neglect it. 

  • To ignore the preaching of God’s Word
  • To backslide and rebel against it
  • To be a hearer of the Word and do nothing with it. 

This is to receive the grace of God in vain and it is, as James puts it, dead. 

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2 Corinthians 4:2-4 Resolved

2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (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.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

I have, from time to time, returned to this chapter as almost a life theme. Paul’s sentiment here is so fitting for what has often been my experience in the ministry. 

I note today a resolution in the Apostle. 

  • He had resolved not to use dishonesty 
  • He had resolved not to attempt craftiness
  • He had resolved to handle the Word of God with integrity 

And he had resolved to leave whatever comes of that between others and the Lord. 

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2 Corinthians 3:14-16 Headed for the Ditch

2 Corinthians 3:14-16 (KJV)
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

I can understand why the Jews have so much trouble with spiritual truth. Not knowing Christ, the Word of God – even their Old Testament, is a mystery to them. They read it, study it and write about it but they are completely blind to its truth.

What is much more troublesome to me is that group of souls who claim to know Christ but hang the vail over the Word of God again. 

  • They could know the Bible. 
  • They could understand the Bible. 
  • They could benefit from the Bible. 

Instead, they choose the path of the blind leaders known as the Jews. 

And like them, I am afraid they are headed for the ditch. 

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2 Corinthians 1:9 But in God

2 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

Exactly what were the circumstances to which Paul referred is uncertain. 

  • Some believe he may have been sentenced to the beasts, or that when in Philippian jail they had condemned he and Silas to death. 
  • Others believe this may have been a description of his state of depression when first arriving in Corinth. 
  • It may also have been a cultivated state in which he said, “I die daily.”[1]

Whatever the occasion of his words, this trust is missing in much of Christianity these days. Paul believed he had nothing to offer. He was as good as dead. He could not help himself, let alone be a help to others. His only hope, his only rest, his only trust was in God. 

We would be much more effective for Christ if we gave up our own life so He could truly live in us. 


[1]1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)

I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

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