Archive for June, 2014

No Condemnation

June 30, 2014 Leave a comment

I am not writing these things to condemn you, as I said before. Our hearts embrace you, so we stand beside you whether facing life or death. I am completely confident and incredibly proud of you. Even in all this turbulence I am at peace—I am overflowing with joy.

When we came into Macedonia, we were completely worn out—under attack from every angle—nagging opposition on the outside, our own nagging fears from the inside. But God, who comforts the downcast, brought us comfort when Titus arrived from Corinth.We were relieved, not just to see him, but because he told us how he was encouraged to learn about your longing, your grieving, and your continued enthusiasm for me. So these were all more reasons for me to rejoice! (vv. 3-7)

Love As We Love You

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Take us into your hearts; love us as we love you. You have nothing to fear. We have hurt no one, ruined no one, swindled no one (v. 2).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, love


June 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Because we have these promises, dearly loved ones, out of respect for God we should scour the filth from our flesh and spirit and move toward perfect beauty and holiness (v. 1).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, holiness

Overview of 2 Corinthians 7

June 27, 2014 Leave a comment

“Stay pure. I don’t apologize for sending you the letter that hurt your feelings. It was for your own good.” Paul

Categories: 2 Corinthians, overview, paul


June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Don’t develop partnerships with those who are not followers of Jesus’ teachings. For what real connection can exist between righteousness and rebellion? How can light participate in darkness? What harmony can exist between the Anointed and Satan? Do the faithful and the faithless have anything in common? Can the temple of God find common ground with idols? Don’t you see that we house the temple of the living God within us? Remember when He said,

“I will make My home with them and walk among them.
    I will be their God,
    and they will be My people.
So then turn away from them,
    turn away and leave without looking back,” says the Lord.
“Stay away from anything unclean, anything impure,
    and I will welcome you.
And I will be for you as a father,
    and you will be for Me as sons and daughters,”
Says the Lord Almighty! (vv. 14-18)

Categories: 2 Corinthians, purity

Completely Open

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Corinthians, we have been completely open to you. We’ve exposed the truth, holding nothing back while our hearts open wide to take you in. We have revealed our affection toward you—though it’s obvious you have a hard time showing your affection toward us. If I could offer some fatherly advice: open yourselves up as children; share your hearts with us as we have done for you (vv. 11-13).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, Corinthian

Careful Teaching

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

We are careful in what we teach so that our words won’t be a stumbling block and so that no one will discredit our ministry. But as God’s servants, we commend ourselves in every situation. So that with great endurance we persevere even in anguish and hardship. We have been cornered by the enemy suffering beatings, imprisonments, uproars, toil, sleeplessness, and starvation. And by the Holy Spirit with purity, understanding, patience, kindness, and sincerest love we have proved ourselves. Now with the voice of truth and power of God—armed on the right and armed on the left with righteousness from God—we continue. Whether respected or loathed, praised or criticized as frauds, yet true, as unknown to this world, and yet well known to God, we serve Him. We are treated as dying and yet we live, as punished and yet we are not executed. Though we are sorrowful, we continually rejoice. As the poorest of the poor, we bring richness to all, and though we have nothing, we possess all things (vv. 3-10).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, holy spirit

The Time Is Right!

June 22, 2014 Leave a comment

These simple verses capture the heart of the good news. Lowering Himself, the sinless Jesus took our sin upon Himself and canceled its power through His death and resurrection. As believers are united with Him, they are raised up with Him and embody God’s righteousness, experiencing forgiveness, reconciliation, and new life. This righteousness is a new creation gift that can never be separated from the Giver, and so believers only experience it because they are “in Him.”

As for those of us working as His emissaries, we beg you not to take the grace of God lightly. For God says through Isaiah,

When the time was right, I listened to you;
    and that day you were delivered, I was your help.

Look, now the time is right! See, your day of deliverance is here! (vv. 1-2)

Categories: 2 Corinthians, grace

Outline of 2 Corinthians 6

June 21, 2014 Leave a comment
  1. Faithful Followers, Persevere
  2. We Told You The Truth
  3. Don’t Develop Partnerships With The Unfaithful
Categories: 2 Corinthians, outline

Becoming Sin

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment

So we are now representatives of the Anointed One, the Liberating King; God has given us a charge to carry through our lives—urging all people on behalf of the Anointed to become reconciled to the Creator God. He orchestrated this: the Anointed One, who had never experienced sin, became sin for us so that in Him we might embody the very righteousness of God (vv. 20-21).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, sin
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