2 Corinthians 10:13-14 Keeping Private?

2 Corinthians 10:13-14 (KJV)
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

This passage, in principle, expresses what I am attempting to do, even in these days of pestilence, by broadcasting our services to a private group made mostly of our church members or those very friendly with our church. God has given me a “measure”. I have a reach that includes those He has fitted with our church. My goal is to reach them as best as I am able by the grace of God and to not stretch myself beyond those that the Lord has commissioned me to shepherd. 

Verily, I pray for my flock and for the enlarging of it. I want to reach the lost and unchurched without a doubt. But in so doing I have no desire to violate into another’s pasture. I want to reach all those that God gives me. I do not want to presume to feed any of those God has given another. 

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2 Corinthians 9:10 Seed to the Sower

2 Corinthians 9:10 (KJV)
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

I find great value in studying the prayers of the Apostles, Paul’s being the most frequently found in the Word of God. The context of this prayer is that of an offering being collected by the believers that Paul planned to take to be a help to the saints in Jerusalem. We take this passage as an example of Faith Promise giving. Most often we designate those gifts for missionaries. 

Paul is praying here for the believers as they give toward this collection. He prays:

That God would provide for the giver
That the work of their hands would provide sufficiently for their needs.

That God would multiply the seed sown
I think that means giving them more than the expected return. That they would labor and their pay would be more than expected. 

That God would bless their gift with fruit
So they had enough to meet their needs, they had more than they had budgeted to receive and the gift they gave accomplished more than they would think possible. 

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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 8:20 Honest Things

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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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