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Receive God's Grace.
1. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.
Since Christ has entrusted us with the word of reconciliation, we are his fellow labourers, working with Him not on a level but under His leadership. Through us He accomplishes his purposes in the world. This is the privileged posiition of believers in Christ. As an evangelist, Paul's concern was that the Gospel which he preached would have an effect in the lives of his hearers. Any who embrace the gospel in a way that does not result in a God given change of heart and life have not truly understood it - they had received it (heard it) in vain.
2. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!
Now is the time to receive this life changing grace of God. No one is promised tomorrow; each of us has only room in our lungs for one breath at a time (James 4:13-16).The day of grace will eventually end and then all hope of probation will be cut off. Mankind does not merit salvation; it is offered to men by God in His mercy. It is offered in His time and His way. God says that "today", at this moment, is the acceptable time when salvation is offered to men. Jesus said that there would come a time when there would be no salvation possible (John 9:4 ; Luke 13:25).
A Life of Witness.
3. We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.
In their ministry of reconciliation the apostles made great efforts not to cause offense so that they might not hinder the message of the Gospel.
4. But as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities.
Rather, by cheerful endurance of affliction, wants, and distress they demonstrated the truth of the message they preached.
5. Beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger.
They were beaten with rods, imprisoned, caused riots (the purpose of the rioting crowds was to tear them to pieces), they worked hard to provide for their own needs, they stayed awake all night (either in prayer or inability to sleep) and they went without food (whether as an act of devotion or due to lack of food is unclear). Through it all, they remained cheerful and faithful to the Lord; they were blameless in their service for Christ.
6,7. By purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.
They exhibited their faith by the pureness of their life, by the knowledge of God and His Word, and by kindness. They were enabled to do all this through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. They laboured with sincere love, by use of the word of truth, and by the power of God which worked in them. They put on "the whole armour of God".
8. In honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true.
Through times of adulation or defamation, when they were insulted and when slanderous reports were spread about them they remained true to God. They were regarded by many as rogues and impostors but were truly the messengers of the living God. They experienced rejection just as Christ Himself had done (Isa. 53:3).
9. As unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see--we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed.
Though unknown to the world the apostles were well known to God; though continually exposed to death were continually and miraculously persevered by God's power; although disciplined and trained by their sufferings, they were not killed by them.
10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Though they had many reasons to grieve and be sad, they continually rejoiced in the Lord. As paupers, they had nothing - yet they possessed "the all things" that God has given to us in His Son. By making him known they led others to become rich by possessing the same "all things"!
11. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you.
Paul has not withheld his true feelings from the Corinthians. He was not afraid to show his great affection for them, just as he had when he was with them.
12. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours.
It was not by Paul or the other apostles that they were being hindered. It may be that some thought they could never be free to be what God wanted them to be if they were always under the careful eye of the apostles. But it was not this that hindered them, it was their lack of devotion and love for Christ, a lack of openness of their affections to God and others.
13. In return--I speak as to children--open wide your hearts also.
So in return for his openness Paul asks the Corinthians to be open and allow their love in Christ to flow out for him and all other believers.
Come out and be Separate says the Lord.
14,15,16. Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Here is what was hindering the flow and was causing the stunted growth of the Corinthians: they were not separated from the world. They associated with those who did not believe and who rejected Jesus Christ. Paul asks "what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?" The believer has been justified through faith in Christ (Rom. 5:1). His sins are forgiven and he has been made right with God through Christ. The unbeliever still lives in his sin, is at enmity with God (Col. 1:21) and is under the sentence of God's wrath (John 3:36). The believer is light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8) but unbelievers are in darkness, being blinded by Satan; and are also of the darkness, for they live their lives according to the dictates of the prince of the power of the air, obeying the will of their father the devil (2 Cor. 4:4 ; Eph. 2:2 ; Eph. 5:8).
Does Christ have any agreement or concord with the devil, or do they have any part together? The unbeliever has as much fellowship with a believer as Satan does with Christ. So what do we have in common with heathen? The Church is the dwelling place of the living God (Eph 2:22), what do we have to do with idolatry and the false religious practices of the nations? God has promised us "I will dwell in them and walk in them (inhabit and occupy them). I will be their God and they shall be my people." God will not share His people with idols nor with the world.
17. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you.
So God commands that we come out from among them. Literally and physically separate yourself from them. Do not associate with them, but sever yourself from ungodly company. All that they do is abomination to God and merits his wrath. We are to be separate and live holy lives. "Touch not.." We are not to be involved in their sin or idolatry. We are not to attach ourselves to (touch) anything that is morally impure or demonically inspired. Then says God I will receive you take you into my favour.
18. And I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
I will be as a Father to you and you will be my children says the absolute sovereign and universal Lord.
7:1. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.
With these promises in mind, we return to Paul's original point, that we might not receive the grace of God in vain (without effect). The effect of the gospel in believers is to make us God's children - and to make us the children He wants us to be (1 Pet. 1:16).So let us cleanse ourselves by separating ourselves from physical sin which defiles the body, and spiritual sin which defiles the spirit. Our watchword is to be no compromise with the world.
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