2 Corinthians 12:19 Balance

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.

Here is the balance every man of God seeks. 

He cannot apologize to his congregation for his ministry. 
He is not accountable to them. He must not allow himself to be. They must not place him such a position. 

When the man of God serves, whether in the pulpit or in personal contact, he stands before God in Christ. 
His life belongs to Jesus. He is accountable only to God. 

But at the same time everything he does has, as its objective, the edifying, building, and strengthening of the believers as they are unified in the local church.

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2 Corinthians 12:19 Balance

2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity

2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

It seems to me that, when we get to the heart of things, the battle every ministry must face is the battle for simplicity. 

Simplicity of salvation
The religious mind can never accept that the eternal saving of the soul is as simple as faith in Christ. The dead spirit wishes to resurrect itself. There must be, insists religion, some measure of human input for salvation to be effectual. The pressure to find that measure and include it must be continuously fought.

Simplicity of doctrine 
The Judaizers of Paul’s day survive still and continue to lead people away from a simple statement of faith. The Judaizers are not the only ones. Catholicism and Protestantism each have developed faith systems so complicated that the most brilliant of men debate them. Baptists sometimes jump on board, creating arguments for their position too tricky for the most seasoned believers to grasp 

The battle to possess and keep a simple and childlike faith is an aggressive one for sure. 

Simplicity of practice 
How we apply and act out our faith is as equally important as what our faith is. Churches desire to grow. We want to minister to the perceived needs of the people to attract them and to keep them. In so doing, the trouble is developing church programs that become the priority over the one thing that God says the church is about, the preaching of the Word of God. 

The battle is real. May we be courageous in the battle. 

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2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity

2 Corinthians 9:15 Unto God

2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV)
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

The entire chapter is taken up with, if you will, praises for the church in Corinth. 

  • Their forwardness to give
  • Their readiness
  • Their bountifulness 
  • Their cheerfulness 
  • Their contribution to thanksgiving of others
  • Their prayers
  • Their exceeding grace

were all an example and had provoked others to the same. 

We are bound to recognize and give thanks to those who “get it” and then “give it.”

Then the chapter ends, not with their gifts, but God’s unspeakable gift. 

Someone might argue that His gift was their generosity. I beg to differ. The only gift that could possibly be considered unspeakable is that gift God Himself gave when He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. 

His unspeakable gift is the foundation upon which all Christian giving rests. 

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2 Corinthians 9:15 Unto God

2 Corinthians 7:16 Purposeful Measures

2 Corinthians 7:16 (KJV)
I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.

Knowing, as we do, that there was a contingent, however large or small, who were adamantly opposed to the ministry of the Apostle, this passage is remarkable. 

In order for Titus to return from Corinth with a good report he had to have, for the most part, dismissed this negative contingent. For the Apostle Paul to state his confidence in this church, “in all things” he must have had to do the same. 

This is not to say they ignored them. Paul clearly confronts this negative element in subsequent chapters. Therefore, Titus must have given Paul a report concerning them. This suggests that, while aware of the negative element, and willingly addressing it, neither Titus, nor Paul allowed themselves to focus upon them. 

Our nature tends to amplify and remember the negative. It is for that reason we have to take purposeful measures to note and record what is positive. One must choose to focus on what God is doing. In that way what the world does, the negative, diminishes into its appropriate space in our lives. 

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2 Corinthians 7:16 Purposeful Measures

2 Corinthians 5:16 From Now On

2 Corinthians 5:16 (KJV)
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Verse seventeen reads, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Today this newness is positional. God sees us as new creatures because we are in Christ. In that it is positional, it is actual, even though it is not yet experiential. 

Verse sixteen must be viewed in a similar manner based off of verses fourteen and fifteen, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

The love of Christ constrains is to see others, not after the flesh but according to these truths:

First Christ died for them all

Second all of them are therefore dead

Third those of us who live must do so not for self but for Christ. 

That being the case, we ought to see everyone who is in Christ as a new creature. We ought to see them, not as they are experientially, but as they are positionally. 

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2 Corinthians 5:16 From Now On

2 Corinthians 4:2 A Powerful Word

2 Corinthians 4:2 (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.

Renounced is such a powerful word. The one in the ministry, yea, I would insist the believers in general, ought to take this passage to heart. 

  • We renounce dishonesty and craftiness 
  • We renounce the deceitful handling of the Bible

We choose to manifest the truth

  • Concerning ourselves
  • Concerning the Word of God

We place ourselves at the mercy of every man’s conscience trusting God to see and bless in whatsoever ways He will. 

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2 Corinthians 4:2 A Powerful Word

2 Corinthians 3:16 My Heart Affects My Mind

2 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

The “it” this verse speaks of is the heart from verse fifteen. Usually, we think of the heart as the seat of affection. That is a biblical application but the one specifically applied here is the mind. We find that in verse fourteen.

Perhaps the most appropriate way to understand this passage is to see the connection between the heart and the mind. The Bible says, Lamentations 3:51 (KJV) Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city. Conversely, our affections, those things we love, influence the way our minds see and interpret what is around us. 

This passage addresses the Jews specifically. The Jews have no affection for Jesus and therefore have poor understanding of even the Old Testament portion of God’s Word. It is a mistake, by the way, to believe we can understand the Old Testament better by learning from the Jews. The Bible says they are blinded. But the Bible says that whenever their heart turns to the Lord the vail is taken away. They can then understand the Bible in ways they could not have seen before. 

What is true for the Jew is equally true of all others. The Bible is a mystery, a closed book, a cloaked parable when the heart is not affected for Jesus. But let the heart of a man, any man, turn to the Lord and he will find that the Bible opens itself to them as the Holy Spirit, now dwelling in them, shines light on those once darkened pages. 

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2 Corinthians 3:16 My Heart Affects My Mind

2 Corinthians 2:9 Could You? Would You?

2 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

Here is a tough one. The preacher says the reason he has written this letter is to find out whether they would be obedient in all things. It was given that they had been obedient in some things. 

Could they, would they be obedient in this?

In the first letter there had been one whose sin was such as would not have been so much as named even among the most wicked of the world. This man had been cast out of the church and delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh. 

  • Would they now forgive him?
  • Would they now comfort him?
  • Would they now confirm their love toward him?

It might be difficult sometimes to discipline someone. But to forgive them is manifold more difficult. To forgive to the extent of offering comfort and expressing love raises the level of difficulty exponentially.

Could you?

Would you?

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2 Corinthians 2:9 Could You? Would You?

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 10:13-14 Keeping Private?

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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 9:10 Seed to the Sower

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