2 Corinthians 6
2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him [with Christ], beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
We are to hear the Word of God with a willingness to live by every Word of God and to endure to the very end.
6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured [forgiven and delivered] thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of [repentance to] salvation.)
Today is our time of decision, in the sense that we do not know if we will live beyond today.
6:3 Giving [living by every Word of God, but giving no unnecessary offense in non scriptural matters] no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
6:4 But in all things approving [properly conducting] ourselves as the ministers of God, [the duty of the called out is to follow the example of Jesus Christ in being zealous to live by every Word of God and to endure all things patiently for God] in much patience, in afflictions, in [in need] necessities, in distresses, 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
We are to have doctrinal purity (purity of knowledge) through the wisdom of the Spirit of God. We are to be filled with God’s love which is the keeping of the whole Word of God in passionate zeal; we are to be full of the truth of God (God’s Word is truth), and we are not to reject any part of that truth for the errors and false traditions of men; and we are to be clothed with the righteousness of God, which is living by every Word of God!
6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report [from those who hate the gospel of the truth of the whole Word of God] and good report [as being faithful]: as deceivers [we being called deceivers by ignorant men], and yet [we speak the truth] true; 6:9 As unknown [to the worldly wicked], and yet well known [by God and the saints]; as [the old sinful man] dying, and, behold, we live [in Christ]; as chastened, and not killed [being corrected by God, yet given eternal life by God]
6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor [poor in the spirit of stubborn self will, and humble before God], yet making many rich [rich in spiritual things and in life eternal]; as having nothing [physical], and yet [possessing spiritual things and being promised all things by God] possessing all things.
6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth [our teachings are] is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. We are full of love and compassion for you; and speak openly the truth of God. 6:12 Ye are not straitened [abused by us] in us, but ye are straitened [convicted by your own hearts and spirits] in your own bowels.
6:13 Now for a recompence [because we are convicted of sin and have sincerely repented] in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged [increased in righteousness and delivered from bondage to sin].
6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together [do NOT allow the wicked to assemble with you, but cast out the openly sinful] with unbelievers [this command includes forbidding sinners in the assemblies and forbidding to marry outside the faith]: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God [therefore why will you be united with evildoers?]; 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.
We are NOT to study and teach the doctrine and prophecies of the unconverted as many do. We are NOT to associate with the unconverted for religious purposes. Yes, we must live in this world, but we are NOT to be OF this world, and we are not to allow ourselves to be polluted by the doctrines and false traditions of men.
It is this association with the doctrines of wickedness which has led to much evil, beginning with the apostasy into the sun worship of Constantine in exchange for becoming the official religion of Rome and the later Primacy of Peter blasphemy; which exalted men above the law of God; so that they willfully compromise with the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ to do as THEY please: having a form, a mere appearance, of godliness but denying the power, the authority of God!
6:17 Wherefore come out from among [do NOT mix with evil doers, or follow their false teachings, prophecies and false traditions.] them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
DO NOT pollute yourselves with false teachings to follow men as if they were gods; men who are standing on their own false opinions and false traditions and NOT on the whole Word of God.
Exalting the words of men above the Word of God is idolatry and spiritual adultery! And if your corporate church tolerates such spiritual adultery; as soon as you are convinced of the truth of that: RUN!
DO NOT seek out and learn the ways of men and use their false teachings to support your own pet ideas. This is a very great sin; and a very great problem in the Church of God today.
Those who lay in Jezebel’s bed [those who teach the same errors, especially placing men above the Word of God] will share her punishments with her!
Those who mix God’s ways with the ways of Satan: will NOT be tolerated by Almighty God! They WILL be REJECTED and destroyed unless they quickly repent.
God WILL NOT receive those who do such things!
2 Corinthians 7
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises [God’s promises of the resurrection and eternal life], dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
This is achieved by Sincere Repentance from sin, and diligently living by every Word of God.
7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
Obey the words of Paul and all the Holy Scriptures, to live by every Word of God.
7:3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts [Paul loves them/us as himself, and desires their good] to die and live with you.
Paul loves us with a Christ-like love, so that he would both live and die for us and our salvation just as Christ did.
7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
In all his trials Paul is encouraged by their love of God and God’s Word, and by their faithful obedience once they understand.
7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
Paul found Titus in Macedonia, and Titus reported to Paul that the Corinthians had repented of tolerating willful sinners in their assembly.
7:7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning [repentance], your fervent mind [to obey Paul in casting out the sinner] toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
Paul was comforted upon hearing of the Corinthian’s quick and obedient response to his rebuke, and their casting out of the open sinner.
7:8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, [Paul was very saddened to have had to correct them and is now glad that he did so; for it made them sorrow to sincere repentance, to their benefit.] though it were but for a season.
7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation [Godly sorrow works righteousness] not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Worldly sorrow does not result is real repentance, real change; the wicked blame the messenger and justify themselves.
7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness [concern and regret] it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
The Corinthians were misled into tolerating sin out of a false idea of love, until Paul showed them the error of tolerating any sin. Then they realized the truth that a little leaven leavens the whole lump: and they determined to reject the sinner instead of tolerating his sinful conduct in the assembly, and they resolved to turn to God and his Word in righteous zeal!
Today, most religions are not as righteous as those Corinthians were.
Instead of quickly and sincerely repenting like the Corinthians did, today many refuse to repent of their sins. They also tolerate open sin in the assemblies, justifying the tolerating of sin in the congregations with a false view of what godly love really is.
Indeed, while the Corinthians tolerated adultery they quickly repented when rebuked; yet today we tolerate spiritual adultery against our espoused spiritual Husband by exalting men and organizations above the Word of God, and even by mixing the errors of the wicked with the Word of God.
While some of the individual saints of today are like the Corinthians and have quickly repented, being convicted of their sins and turning back to God in vehement desire and zeal to please him; many more will do so in the tribulation; nevertheless many others could lose out on their calling.
7:12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
Paul says that he wrote to them about this thing so that they would know how very much he really cared for them.
7:13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus [Paul rejoiced at the news of the repentance of the Corinthians from tolerating sin among them], because his spirit was refreshed by you all. 7:14 For if I have boasted any thing to him [Paul boasted about them to Titus] of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found [to be] a truth.
7:15 And his [Titus] inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all [Titus also loved them the more; knowing of their obedience to the Word of God], how with fear and trembling ye received him. 7:16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
Paul rejoices, now confident that the Corinthians will obey God’s Word in all things.
Who are the real authors of division in the assemblies? Those that separate and divide the brethren from Almighty God to fallow the false teachings of idols of men!