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 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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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.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4300 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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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 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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