We have opened our mouth to speak to you, Corinthians, and we have opened wide our heart. You do not feel strange in it. No one will take seriously the counsel of someone whom they believe to be crazy. I do this in order that you might have an answer to give to those who are criticizing me. No matter how violent they are in opposition to the gospel, they can be changed. That is what the judgment seat of Christ determines.
And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. Here it is saying that we should not even be unequally not the same as or similar yoked, but be separate, totally separate! They are mentioned everywhere in the Scripture -- murder, adultery, lying, stealing, etc. No circumstance we go through ever means that we are abandoned and left to ourselves. People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:17 2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, etc. They both have different goals, outlooks, and destinies. If you are in Christ, you are a new creation. One lives for this world; the other looks forward to the next world.
We should not fight back and refuse to acknowledge that he is right about things. We see them for who they are, men and women made in the image of God but they hare fallen from it. Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong sin boldly , but let your trust in Christ be strong, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. The apostle, with others, proved themselves faithful ministers of Christ, by their unblamable life and behaviour. I gave the example of an attorney standing before the court, or judge, arguing her case.
He is letting us know that faith produces works, he has an investment in us and is looking for a return. Paul deals with them very precisely: First, in the area of our motives. What fellowship is there between a person who has surrendered to Jesus, and a person that is following Satan? The judgment seat of Christ, in a sense, has already started. Everybody, even the most obscure and the lowliest and the weakest among us is a possible child of God, made in the image of God, and is tremendously significant. That is what Paul is experiencing here, the awareness that he is loved by God. Paul was inspired as well as the prophets; and it may be that he meant to communicate a promise directly from God. This is what the Lord does with me all the time.
This is what he is talking about. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading comparison. Wherefore come out from among them - Is it not plain from this and the following verse that God would be their God only on the ground of their taking him for such, and that this depended on their being separated from the works and workers of iniquity? We have a full supply of love and peace and joy to keep us in the midst of anything. In the Law it was forbidden to mix linen with woolen garments; and so also, not to plow your fields with a team of Ox and Ass together. When we hear Paul talk about reconciliation vv. Thousands of people were driven out of their homes, and the churches were opened to provide places of refuge for them. The more we try to bring our lives into congruence with his, the more likely we will succeed.
There are certain clear-cut areas of sin that are always sin. The mark of spiritual progress is always the awareness we increasingly have of all the possibilities and potential for evil that lie in our hearts. Satan will use people to embarrass and offend you. Paul is saying that, if he is of sound mind——if he acts with good judgment and discipline——that is for the sake of the Corinthian believers. God has started a work that he is going to finish. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord; do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you.
Life in its various capacities, its various emphases and aspects are symbolized by crowns and they are always gifts in Scripture. And what concord hath Christ with? Concise Chapter Contents The apostle, with others, proved themselves faithful ministers of Christ, by their unblamable life and behaviour. To view someone kata sarx according to the flesh means to view them by worldly standards——by their wealth or physical beauty or political influence or power. Therefore, Paul says, we treat them differently: Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. The close connection of this verse with the great prophecy of the atoning work makes it probable that, in writing of that work, St. Those whose cross it is to be unequally united, without their wilful fault, may expect consolation under it; but when believers enter into such unions, against the express warnings of God's word, they must expect must distress.
There are those who follow Jesus and those who do not. Righteousness is a gift which none of us can earn. Of such differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is our way to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approve ourselves to God. You, as a true follower of Jesus, are an abomination to them. Commentary on 2 Corinthians 6:11-18 Read It is wrong for believers to join with the wicked and profane. The old things have passed away.
George, Believers Church Bible Commentary: 2 Corinthians Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1998 We welcome your feedback! For: From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view. Centering our lives on others, 16-17 a. He means that these will be given a greater opportunity, a greater area of display of the nature of the life and the glory of God they have received as a gift. In fact, later on in this letter, in Chapter 12, he speaks of being caught up into the third heaven into the very presence of God. At the end of it, he said, the Catholic bishop, a godly man, came over to thank him.
Κύριος Kyrios Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular Lord, master, sir; the Lord. Paul repeatedly emphasizes the vast difference between Christians and non-Christians that makes marriage a non-starter. So we are nerved to go through the difficulty of these days and to be of good courage because we are heading into light instead of darkness. Constrained and guided by love, 14 2. So it is a time of disclosure, but it is also a time of evaluation when we learn for the first time who was right and what attitudes we should have had or should not have had. Click the button below to continue.