2 CORINTHIANS 6

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2 Corinthians 6:1-10

SO, YOU'RE A SERVANT OF CHRIST!

 

If you have trusted Christ as your Savior, you are His servant (Romans 12:1).  We, who are Christ's servants are in good company.  One of our fellow servants was the Apostle Paul. Paul gives us a very good description of what being a servant of Christ is all about.

 

PASSION FOR MINISTRY - Vss. 1-2 - Beseeching

Paul had such a passion for ministry that he beseeched the saved and unsaved alike. Time is short. People need to be won to Christ, and then living for Christ. We need passion for the Spiritual well-being of others.

 

PREVENTION IN MINISTRY - Vs. 3 - "Giving no offense."

Paul wanted to do nothing that would bring blame on his ministry for Christ.

 

PROOF OF MINISTRY - Vss. 4-10 - "Approving ourselves as the ministers of God."

 

The "in" of CONDITIONS - Vss. 4-5

"...in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;"

 

The "by" of CONDUCT - Vss. 6-8a

"By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report:"

 

The "as" of CONTRAST - Vss. 8b-10

"...as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

 

 

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2 Corinthians 6:3-10

HE PROVED IT!

 

How do we show ourselves to be the true servants of God! Like Paul, we prove it!

 

IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS Vss. 4-5

 

 

"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;"

 

Paul faced all sorts of problems for the cause of Christ. You might want to refer to some of the things he talks about in 2 Corinthians 11:24-33.

 

WITH VITAL STRENGTH Vss. 6-7

 

"By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,"

 

Paul relied on God for the strength he needed during trying times.

 

WITH VICTORIOUS SUPERIORITY Vss. 8-10

 

 

"By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

 

Paul had victory in God that made him superior in every situation that he faced.

 

 

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2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

SPECIAL LIVING

 

POINTED COMMAND

6:14a - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:

 

PIERCING QUESTIONS

6:14b-16a - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?

 

PRECIOUS PROMISES

Vss. 16b-18 - …for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

PERSONAL RESPONSE

2 Corinthians 7:1 - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

 

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A CASE FOR SEPARATION

 

We often quote 2 Corinthians 6:14 and apply the verse to marriage.

Although this is a healthy application, the believer needs to be separated from the influence of the unsaved in any number of ways.

Here is Paul's case for living a life separated unto God.

 

INSISTENCE - "Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers." - Vs. 14a.

 

INQUIRY - 6:14b-16a

1.     "What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?"

2.     "What communion hath light with darkness?"

3.     "What concord hath Christ with Belial (Probably means the devil.)?"

4.     "What part hath he that believeth with an infidel?"

5.     "What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?"

 

IDENTITY - "Ye are the temple of the living God…" 6:16b

 

INVITATION - "Come out from among them and be ye separate…" 6:17-18

 

INSTRUCTION - Because of the promises of Vss. 17-18, Paul instructs the Corinthians, "…let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 7:1

 

 

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2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

THAT’S GREAT!

 

GREAT CHALLENGE – Vs. 14a

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:

 

Great Considerations Vss. 14b-16a

for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?

 

GREAT COMFORT – Vss. 16b-18

for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

GREAT CLEANSING – 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

 

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