2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may [by experience; learn to] be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
We often suffer so that we may learn to empathize and have mercy on others. That is why many are allowed to suffer for doing right; as our Lord did.
1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation [comfort and hope] also aboundeth by Christ. 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual [we are afflicted so that we may be humble before God and that we may encourage others who must endure suffering] in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation [that you may be encouraged to also endure to salvation] and salvation.
When we suffer temptations and trials, be comforted that you are following in the steps of the Master who also suffered that he might learn about our travail in the flesh.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
2 Corinthians 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
The faithful overcomers shall be in the resurrection because they are faithful to God; and it is for our faithfulness that was perfected through suffering and patient enduring that we may attain the prize, while learning to understand and comfort others who have suffered. Paul tells them that as they have suffered for the faith he also has suffered; and that they are one with Christ in their suffering for godliness.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
2 Corinthians 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but [Trust] in God which raiseth the dead: 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust [God] that he will yet deliver us;
We know that when we die in the flesh; we shall be raised up in spirit if we remain in Christ-like zeal for every Word of God.
1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift [of deliverance] bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. Pray for us that ye may also rejoice with us in our deliverance.
1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation [conduct] in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
It is the function of godly leaders and elders to assist the brethren to attain to the resurrection to spirit, that we may all rejoice with each other in eternal life and godliness.
1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge [the need of godly conduct] even to the end; 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The elders must teach true godliness so that we all may be present and rejoice with one another at the resurrection.
1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit [visit]; 1:16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.
Paul planned to go to Macedonia and then to Corinth and then to Jerusalem and Rome.
1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I [Paul did not propose without serious thought] use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
Paul says that his preaching was the truth and had no hint of falsehood or departure from [or denial of] any part the truth of God.
1:18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
1:20 For all the promises of God [can be counted upon] in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
There is no denial of any part of the whole Word of God for the true godly overcomer; only Yes, Yes, Yes! I will enthusiastically live by EVERY WORD of GOD!
1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 1:22 Who hath also sealed [given us his Spirit] us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul [my life], that to spare you [a sharp personal rebuke] I came not as yet [Paul delayed coming in the hope that they would sorrow to repentance for tolerating sin among them according to Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians] unto Corinth. 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Paul wanted to delay his visit until they had learned to reject open sinners from among themselves as he had commanded them in his first Epistle, so that on coming he would find them obedient to his instructions and not have to denounce them with stern rebukes for tolerating sin.
2 Corinthians 2
Paul continues to explain why he is delaying his visit to Corinth. He does not want to come to them with more rebukes, he wants to find them in sincere repentance for the terrible sin of being proud of tolerating sin in their midst as is also done in today’s Ekklesia.
2 Corinthians 2:1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. I did not want to come correcting in sorrow. 2:2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?
Paul says; If I make you sorry unto sincere repentance; you make me glad by your repentance and I rejoice with you.
2:3 And I wrote this same unto you, [Paul wrote the First Letter to the Corinthians, instructing them to reject willful inners and to abominate and loathe the sin] lest, when I came, I should have sorrow [Because finding you in sin I would have to correct you in person instead of rejoicing with you over your repentance] from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.
2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; [Paul took no joy in correcting them for the wickedness of tolerating sin, but was full of sorrow that they were doing such a thing; he was not trying to offend them but was trying to help them towards godliness.] not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
Paul corrected them [and us] out of love for them and us, that we might be saved from the wages of sin.
2:5 But if any have caused grief [if any have grieved Paul by sinning, the main hurt has been to themselves], he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.
To shun and avoid the willful self justifying sinner until repentance is enough. The same action should be taken against those who sin physically, and those who commit idolatry and spiritual adultery at this time.
The open sinner is to be rejected from the assemblies and when the organizations have become so corrupt from godliness that they refuse to repent and begin to reject the faithful to God; it is time to leave them and begin anew.
Nevertheless if the sinner sincerely repents he should be fully forgiven.
2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
Forgive all those who sincerely repent.
2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. [by forgiving him] 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you [to test us as to whether we will obey God and turn away from sinfulness], whether ye be obedient [to God’s Word] in all things.
If a person sincerely repents we are to forgive them, as Jesus Christ and God the Father also forgive them.
2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person [on behalf of] of Christ; 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, [Paul was troubled] because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
Paul reveals another reason for going to Macedonia before coming to Corinth: to find Titus so as to bring Titus with him when he visits Corinth.
2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ [over all sin], and maketh manifest the savour [the sweet perfume of the gospel of godliness is preached] of his knowledge by us in every place. 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, [This is a reference to a Burnt Offering which pictures the smoke ascending up to God as a sweet smell, because the Burnt Offering represents Jesus Christ giving himself wholly and without reservation to do God the Father’s will.] in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2:16 To the one [the one who rejects living by every Word of God, stinks with the smell of death to God] we are the savour of death unto death; and to [those who accept the gospel and repent to live by every Word of God, are the perfume of godliness and eternal life in the Word of God] the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
2:17 For we are not as many, [Paul is not like others who pervert God’s Word] which corrupt the word of God: but [Paul and his associates are filled with honest sincerity] as of sincerity, but as of [as true men of] God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 3
2 Corinthians 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves [do we need to present credentials of men, or make grand claims about ourselves]? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
The godly truth that is taught and those who have been turned to godliness; are the credentials of godliness, and not the words of men.
Likewise the love of error and falsehood and the rejection of the truth of the whole Word of God are the credentials of the wicked. let he who has ears understand.
3:2 Ye are our epistle [commendation] written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
The fruits of Paul’s preaching are evident in sincerely repentant believers; and are his commendation that he has preached the truth. All true godly teachers may say the same thing.
3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [our teachings are inspired of God] is of God;
3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Keeping only the letter of the law engenders death; for we can keep the letter and still break the spirit and intent of God’s Word.
Keeping the law in the letter AND the spirit, gives life; as is evident in the resurrected Christ who kept both the letter and the spirit of the law and taught us to do likewise.
3:7 But if the ministration of death [the letter of the law], written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away [the Mosaic Covenant was to end and a New Covenant was to come Jer 31:31]: 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the [spiritual New Covenant which brings life eternal] spirit be rather glorious?
The spiritual New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31, is much more glorious than the merely physical Mosaic Covenant, for the physical Mosaic Covenant ended, but the spiritual New Covenant is eternal: IF we keep it, obeying our LORD.
3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation [The Mosaic Covenant condemns us because we are not able to keep it, lacking the Spirit of God; and because there is no propitiation for breaking the spirit (intent) of the law] be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
The Mosaic Covenant was a physical covenant with sacrifices for physical sin. Those who sinned could be reconciled to that Mosaic Covenant by the physical sacrifices, but there was no SPIRITUAL sacrifice for breaking the intent, purpose and spirit of the law.
That Mosaic Covenant which had no promise of eternal life, is surpassed by the spiritual New Covenant, that does promise and will produce eternal life for its adherents. The Mosaic Covenant was temporary; the spiritual New Covenant is eternal (Jer 31:31).
The New Covenant is a SPIRITUAL Covenant, which imparts SPIRITUAL knowledge and understanding; of the purpose and intent, the spirit of the law. The New Covenant also provides an effectual sacrifice for the breaking of the intent, purpose and spirit of the law, and enables us to keep that spirit of the law, by placing a new spirit and attitude within us; the Spirit of God!
Remember, that one cannot keep the spirit of a nonexistent law: Therefore the law remains; and we are to keep all of God’s Word in BOTH the letter and the spirit of the law.
The New Covenant is that God will write His law upon our very hearts and in our minds so that God’s law and the whole Word of God becomes our very nature. As we grow in understanding we keep the Word of God more and more perfectly in the letter and the purpose, intent and spirit, becoming holy as God is holy!
By keeping and internalizing every Word of God, we ARE internalizing Jesus Christ and God the Father, and becoming like them! For the law defines the very nature of God!
3:10 For even that which was made glorious [the Mosaic Covenant] had no glory in this respect [lacking the Holy Spirit and the promise of eternal life], by reason of the glory that excelleth [which is the eternal spiritual New Covenant].
3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious [Showing that Paul knew the Mosaic Covenant was ended by the death of Christ the Husband], much more that which remaineth [the eternal New Covenant] is glorious.
3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness [boldness to speak openly] of speech: 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end [upon the glory of that which was to end] of that which is abolished [Paul clearly tells us that the Mosaic Covenant was abolished in his day and we know that a Marriage Covenant ended with the death of the Husband]: 3:14 But their minds [spirits] were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail [of sin] untaken away in the reading of the old testament [Mosaic Covenant]; which vail [of sin can only be removed by the application of the sacrifice of Christ] is done away in Christ.
This veil represents the sin of breaking the purpose and intent of the law; which the Mosaic Covenant had no real atonement for. The sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant could not atone for sin against the spirit of the law; they only atoned for breaking the physical Mosaic Covenant and pictured the need for a spiritual atonement by the ultimate sacrifice of our Creator and the entering in of a New Covenant through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil [the veil of sin separating us from God and the spirit of the law remains without the sacrifice ofChrist; because the Mosaic Covenant had no effective propitiation to atone for spiritual sin] is upon their heart.
3:16 Nevertheless when it [they] shall turn to the Lord [sincerely repenting and accepting his sacrifice for sin and reconciling with God the Father], the veil [of sin] shall be taken away.
3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. [Freedom from bondage to sin.] 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We must go from the glory of the Mosaic Covenant into the greater glory of the New Covenant of Jer 31:31. We can then be changed into the likeness of the nature of God through his Spirit dwelling within us.
It is through sincere repentance and the true atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God; that the veil of sin separating us from God is removed; and the spirit of UNDERSTANDING of spiritual things then lead’s us into God’s truth.
2 Corinthians 4
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things [secret sins] of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully [dishonestly like many do today]; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost [The truth is hidden from those who refuse to live by every Word of God; for sin is the transgression of the law 1 John 3:4]: 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded [Satan has blinded with deception and separated sinners from God] the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Those who would compromise and lack any love for living by every Word of God are lost unless they repent. We all know that this is the state of lukewarmness for God’s law prophesied for Laodicea (Rev 3:15), in this latter this day.
4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord [We are always to focus the brotherhood on God the Father and on Jesus Christ, and not on ourselves or our corporation. This is clearly not done in many churches today, where the name of Christ is used to focus people on themselves.]; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God gives the light of truth and understanding through his Holy Spirit; given to those who keep all his commandments, (Acts 5:31).
4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels [God’s Spirit is given to us now, in our physical bodies of flesh], that the Excellency of the power may be of God, [so that we may know that the understanding and power to control our personal conduct is from God, and is not by our own strength.] and not of us.
We were made flesh and not spirit, so that we could learn that we do not achieve anything by our own efforts, as many are trying to do; and we can only achieve victory over sin through the power of Almighty God. It is the power of God’s Spirit which enables us to internalize the Word of God and the very nature of God, as defined by the Word of God.
4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying [sacrifice of] of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest [That we might reflect the very life of Jesus by our own conduct, following his example in all things] in our body [our lives].
4:11 For we which live are alway delivered [We destroy the old man of sin in the watery grave of baptism that we may become a new spiritual Christ-like being.] unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh [that Christ may dwell and do his will in us; through his Spirit] .
We ARE to LIVE as Christ LIVED and LIVES: In full obedience to God the Father, without ANY compromise.
We are to be filled with the passionate LOVE of God and ALL of God’s Word and commandments, as Jesus Christ was filled with an all consuming love for God the Father and his Word.
We are to seek the will of God the Father and DO IT with all our strength, and minds; and with all the strength to overcome that a loving Husband will give us.
It is an ignorant and spiritually foolish person indeed, who uses the writings of Paul to try and attack diligent obedience to God’s law!
4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
The death of the old sinful self, and the rising up from baptism as a NEW being, going forward to sin no more by the power of Jesus Christ living in us, brings eternal life in the spirit through our faith in the atoning sacrifice and promise of Jesus Christ.
4:15 For [we do] all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [spiritual] man is renewed day by day.
4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal [the things we endure in the flesh are physical and temporary.]; but the things which are [spiritual] not seen are eternal.
Our physical trials serve to keep us humble and focused on the things of God and his deliverance. We are NOT to be deceived into thinking that God’s commandments are burdensome; we are not to try and overcome by our own strength; and we are NOT to seek an easing of our affliction by compromising with God’s Word.
We ARE to seek the Lord our God with ALL our hearts and minds, and to RUN TO HIM to deliver us from all our troubles and trials.
Satan wants to pressure us into compromising with our commitment to God’s Word by heaping temptations and trials upon us.
Let us understand what is happening and RUN TO OUR GREAT GOD who can and will deliver us in his own way and time as he delivered Israel and Job and tens of thousands of the saints.
We are to become like little children who RUN TO THEIR FATHER when they are hurt and suffering; instead we have become foolish by trying to deliver ourselves out of all our trials of faith.
2 Corinthians 5
2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved [if we were to die], we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, [a new spiritual body reserved by God for us] eternal in the heavens.
Knowing this; What can our enemies do to us? Whatever they do; we shall be victorious in the end, if we are faithful to God and his Word!
It is only by quitting the race that we can lose it; if we are Faithful to him who called us, and to he to whom we are called; delighting in his ways and nature as defined in God’s Word: We SHALL become united with God the Father and Jesus Christ and we SHALL receive the gift of eternal life.
5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our [new spiritual body] house which is from heaven: 5:3 If so be that being clothed [with righteousness which is the Word and nature of Almighty God (Rev 19:8)] we shall not be found naked [destitute of righteousness which is True Godliness (Rev 3:17).
5:4 For we that are in this [our physical bodies] tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon [that we would be clothed with the righteousness of God, which is defined by his law and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and a new spiritual body], that mortality [death] might be swallowed up of life [eternal].
5:5 Now he that hath wrought us [He who made us flesh, also created us to become godly] for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest [down payment] of the Spirit. 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, [when we live after the worldliness of the flesh we are not one in unity with our Lord; when we are spiritual and become godly, we shall be together in unity with God] we are absent from the Lord: 5:7 (For we walk by faith [trust in God and hope] not by sight:
5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
We are willing to die for the faith, so as to receive eternal life with God.
5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent [physically alive or dead] , we may be accepted of him. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done [he has done] in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
We SHALL ALL be judged by our faithfulness to ALL of God’s Word:
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
1 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror [we respect and fear God] of the Lord, we persuade [teach] men; but we are made manifest [our own works are known by God] unto God; and I trust also are [known to you] made manifest in your consciences.
ALL our works are known by God, and we shall be judged by our works.
Are we filled with righteousness of God; which is the keeping and internalizing of his nature and living by every Word of God? or are we separated from God by our compromising, faithlessness and lukewarmness towards the very nature of God as revealed in his Word and Law?
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
1 Corinthians 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf [we refrain from bragging so that you might give your own opinion] , that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and [that you might respond to them that glory in words and not in deeds] not in heart.
5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead
Christ had to die for us, to save us from eternal death for our sins. Therefore we are to destroy the old sinful person in the water of baptism, and are to become a NEW person in Christ; without sin (through Christ living in us) as Christ was without sin.
5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died [we should not live according to our own will and lusts, but according to the will of Christ who has died for us] for them, and rose again.
5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more [Christ is no longer flesh but spirit and we are to know him through the Spirit].
We are to no longer “know” things from a carnal and ungodly perspective, but we are to begin to see all things from a godly spiritual perspective.
5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things [the old man of sin is passed away; we are to become a new person in Christ; following his teachings and example and becoming like he is] are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
The things of our fleshly sinful nature should be passing away; and we are henceforth to be of God, to become spiritual and Godly! Through the keeping of ALL of God’s Word and Law; which reveal the nature and mind of God; revealing the intent, purpose and spirit of God’s Word and Law.
5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation [Christ acted for God the Father to bring reconciliation between men and God the Father] .
ALL those that the Father calls to Christ in the New Covenant have a responsibility to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation through sincere repentance and diligently living by every Word of God, internalizing the very nature of God.
5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Paul tells us in the name of Jesus Christ to STOP transgressing the Word of God!
5:21 For he hath made him to be sin [Christ took upon himself our sins] for us, who knew [who committed] no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The righteousness of God is contained in every Word of God.
To be made the righteousness of God by the sacrifice of Christ and his indwelling Spirit: means to be at peace with; and at one with: THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD!
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 not to hear the Word of God with an unwillingness to live by every Word of God and 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 [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 shall live beyond today.
6:3 Giving [live by every Word of God, but give no unnecessary offense in physical things] 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 [from God and his 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 [corrected 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 through the preaching of the gospel]; 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 [teaching] 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 [convicted of sin by us] in us, but ye are straitened [convicted by your own heart and spirit] in your own bowels.
6:13 Now for a recompence [because you 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 open sinner] with unbelievers [this command includes 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 ONE 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 wickedness 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 of demons.
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 the Pope, with the Roman church and her daughters 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, an 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 study their false teachings, prophecies and 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 teaching, 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 the heathen and use their teachings to support your own pet ideas. This is a very great sin; and a very great problem in the Church of God Groups today.
Those who lay in Jezebel’s bed shall 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 done by Sincere Repentance from sin, and the diligent keeping of the whole Word of God.
7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
Learn 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 as himself and desires their good to be one in Godliness] to die and live with you.
Paul loves them with a Christ-like love, so that he would both live and die for us and our salvation 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 his law, and 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 sorry 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 [because it does not result is real repentance, real change; just sorrow at being caught]
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 resolved to turn to God and his Word in righteous zeal!
Today most religions are not as righteous as the Corinthians were; for when they are told of sin, 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, 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; and 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; which law is to reject the physically and spiritually unclean thing.
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 wicked idols of men!
2 Corinthians 8
After writing his first epistle of correction to the Corinthians for tolerating the sinner, Paul finds Titus in Macedonia and hears of the deep sincere repentance of the Corinthians.
Paul then sent Titus back to Corinth to ease the way before his own coming and to prepare for their contribution to the brethren at Jerusalem. It is possible that Paul sent the second epistle by Titus so that the Corinthians would know of Paul’s forgiveness and love for them and not be afraid of Paul’s coming to them. Tolerating sin in the assemblies is a great sin itself, we are never to tolerate open sin among the assemblies; which is the spiritual aspect of the law of the clean and the unclean.
2 Corinthians 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit [want you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality [in their poverty the Corinthians were generous].
8:3 For to their power [willingness], I bear record, yea, and beyond their power [they were willing beyond their ability] they were willing of themselves;
8:4 Praying us [asking us to receive their gift] with much intreaty that we would receive the gift [entreating us to accept their gift for the brethren at Jerusalem], and take upon us the fellowship of the [desiring to be fellow servants in the faith] ministering to the saints.
8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
They gave themselves fully to God and to the brethren as God’s servants.
8:6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish [Titus was to take the gifts to Jerusalem including the gifts of the Corinthians] in you the same grace also.
8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. Forgiving one another and accepting the grace [forgiveness] of God; being merciful to others and turning from breaking the Law.
8:8 I speak not by [out of necessity] commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness [self willed nature] of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes [he gave up his divinity] he became poor, that ye through his poverty [changed from the glory of God-hood into flesh and giving his life in sacrifice] might be rich.
8:10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun [to prepare the gift] before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
Remember that it is not enough to learn; we must be doers of the Word.
8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 8:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
Paul now asks them to supply the goods that they had willingly promised the previous year; so that as becomes saints they keep their promises and help each other; not overly burdening themselves, but giving out of their excess.
8:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 8:17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:
8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us [We sent Titus and the others that no man should account this sharing of your blessing as having come from Paul.] in this abundance which is administered by us: 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.
8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you [the Corinthians]: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 8:24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Paul asks the Corinthians to accept Titus and the people he has sent, as his associates; and asks them to give the things they had promised a year ago, so that his boasting about them would not be in vain.
2 Corinthians 9
2 Corinthians 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints [the gifts for Jerusalem], it is superfluous for me to [I need not] write to you: 9:2 For I know the forwardness [willingness] of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that [Corinth is in Achaia] Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many [to also do good in sharing with the saints at Jerusalem].
9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren [to make sure of you], lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; [and] that, as I said, ye may be ready: 9:4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed [being not yet ready] in this same confident boasting.
9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go [on ahead and warn you to make ready] before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty [gifts], whereof ye had notice [warning of] before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness [in generosity and not selfishness] .
9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
In this Paul gives us a principle of Christian living; let those who have, share with those in need: that all may have sufficiency. This refers to the genuinely needy from circumstances beyond their control and not to those who are lazy or unwilling to support themselves.
9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
If we are of a generous spirit, God will be of a generous spirit to us. Yet, we are to give as we are able and are not to neglect our responsibilities to our families before God.
9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
Paul now prays for the generous givers that God would bless them with increase physically and spiritually.
9:10 Now he that [provides] ministereth seed to the sower both minister [provide] bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through [the teachings of Christ] us thanksgiving to God. 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want [needs] of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings [causes many in need who receive, to give thanks to God] unto God;
9:13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection into the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
9:14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
The generosity of the Corinthians caused many to pray for them and ask God to bless them, and to praise God and thank him for their liberality and for their self evident love and faithfulness to the gospel of Christ and the Law and Love of God the Father!
2 Corinthians 10
2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence [Paul says; I did not need to be bold among you when I was with you; but now I need to be bolder in my letter, because he was now absent in person] am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold [that Paul will not need to correct the lies that he is not zealous to keep the Word and Law of God] when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
Paul’s words were being twisted even then, into claiming that Paul taught minimizing the law, when Paul did the exact opposite and was mighty in defense of the Law and every Word of God.
10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war [we may be in the flesh now, but our conduct and fight are spiritual] after the flesh:
10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
10:5 Casting down imaginations [destroying false teachings with the truth], and [destroying] every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity [disciplining our minds, subjecting our very thoughts to our Lord] every thought to the obedience of Christ;
10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge [to correct and root out] all disobedience, when [that you may fulfill all obedience to the Word of God] your obedience is fulfilled.
Dear Brethren, that is the very function and purpose of this work! To conduct a spiritual warfare against all disobedience to God and the whole Word of God; while encouraging all to passionate diligent faithful Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of Almighty God!
10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we [also] Christ’s. 10:8 For though I should [could boast that I have authority] boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for [your benefit] edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 10:9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 10:11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present. Let the evildoer beware; that as I am bold in my letters, so will I be bold in deeds when I come.
10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
We ought to compare ourselves to Christ and strive to be like Him; then we shall get a true picture of what we are.
Comparing ourselves with others makes us think too much of ourselves. Thinking too much of ourselves is not wise. Paul then says that when they come they will act according to the authority that God has given to them; and will not exalt themselves but will exalt the Word of God.
We shall not be judged by men, but by the Word of God which we preach.
10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure [without having the fruits of our labors to demonstrate our calling], but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even [we will NOT make claims without the fruits to back them up.] unto you.
10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure [Paul does not take more authority than he was given], as though we reached not [as if our authority did not extend to you] unto you: for we are come as far as to you [We preached the gospel of truth to you, you should accept that we have authority as long as we remain in the truth of God.] also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
We hope that our preaching will result in much growth in you, which will give us occasion to boast of your faith.
10:16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. 1o:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
If I commend myself or if the whole world commends me; it is nothing. What is important is what Almighty God thinks of me.
2 Corinthians 11
Here Paul begins to boast; for the purpose of reminding the Corinthians of how hard he has worked and how much he has done for them.
Paul is comparing himself with false apostles who have crept in and would enslave the people; leading them away from the purity and simplicity of Christ to gain followers for themselves.
Paul is trying to point out the difference in conduct and example between a true apostle and minister; and these false teachers. He is showing them the truth of Christ and asking them why they would want to be enslaved by such men.
We have been warned that many such false teachers will creep into the Assembly in the end time (Mat 24, Jude), and we should carefully consider Paul’s words and apply them, in discerning the false from the true teachers today.
2 Corinthians 11:1 I would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed [please] bear with me. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband [Jesus Christ], that I may present you as a chaste virgin [faithful to Christ and not adulterously consorting with false doctrines and following idols of men and corporate entities] to Christ.
11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted [by false teachings and false religion] from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Many have been beguiled away from God the Father and Jesus Christ to follow idols of men and false traditions away from any zeal to live by every Word of God. It is far past time for a great revival and a wholehearted turning back to our Mighty One!
11:4 For if he [anyone] that cometh preacheth another Jesus
If anyone preach a false Christ who would tolerate sin, and who is NOT absolutely passionately zealous to live by every Word of God the Father; teaching a false Christ who allows men to exalt themselves over him and the Word of God the Father, binding and loosing their teachings and law at personal will; teaching a false Christ who kept the commandments for us, so that we need not keep every Word of God with zeal that HE DID.
REJECT THEM and run to the Eternal God just as fast as possible!
. . . 11:4 whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, [A false gospel about a coming kingdom, without preaching the way into that kingdom, as being sincere repentance; and a false spirit not teaching the zealous keeping of the laws of that Kingdom] which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Most people seem to tolerate these false teachers who are working to deceive us.
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Today, we to our great shame, seek the easy way and desire the soft words of worldliness to comfort us so that we think that we are acceptable to God even in our many sins; rejecting the truth of the whole Word of God.
4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears [for every strange and false doctrine]; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Paul here defends his office and teaching.
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles [In doctrine and the gospel, therefore listen to what I say.]. 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest [made known] among you in all things. 11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.”
11:9 And when I was present with you, and [was in need] wanted, I was chargeable to no man [I took nothing from you]: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
Paul had the authority to take tithes and offerings of the brethren, yet he made no such claim on the poverty stricken Corinthians to help them and hoping that they would give voluntarily. Rather he was supplied by the Macedonians that the Corinthians might be spared until they were grown in the faith to the point where they would help him.
11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall [can deny this] stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth [how very much I love you].
11:12 But what I do, [is what] that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion [to accuse me of enriching myself at your expense]; that wherein they glory, they may be found [no better than we] even as we. 11:13 For such [false accusers] are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into [falsely appearing to be] the apostles of Christ.
11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Satan sends false apostles to confuse and lead astray the people of God. You must judge them by their works (Mat 7:15-21). Only those who do the Father’s will and teach all men to zealously live by every Word of God the Father will enter the Kingdom of God.
11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as [allow me a little boasting that I may present my defense] a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly [the foolishness of a little personal defense], in this confidence of boasting. 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise [in your own eyes].
Today’s brethren accept men taking power over them, to exalt themselves over the people and over the Word of God.
11:20 For ye [tolerate it] suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
People allow the false teachers to mistreat them and lead them astray, and will not accept correction from the Word of God.
11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? [of course not] (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
Paul is more a servant of Christ than all these false teachers who would pervert the True Gospel of Warning and Repentance, or teach a false Christ who tolerates sin in the religions of today.
Paul was ZEALOUS for every Word of God; Paul was ZEALOUS for the Gospel of Salvation and the way into the Kingdom of God!
Yet there are those who would pervert the words of Paul into a certain license to continue in or to tolerate sin; in the name of organizational unity.
11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
All these things Paul suffered for preaching the Gospel of Warning and Repentance, that all persons should repent of sin and internalize a Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God the Father in the letter and in the full intent, purpose and spirit of the law.
Then along came many false teachers claiming to be some great persons, teaching a false Gospel focusing on the reward and distracting people away from the way of salvation, the way of eternal life, the way INTO that Kingdom: Which is to internalize the very nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ. False teachers teaching that Christ has atoned and God the Father has forgiven so that we can feel free to compromise with God’s Word and tolerate sin amongst us.
Jesus Christ and Paul taught us NEVER to tolerate any sin; to NEVER compromise with our passionate love for God the Father and our espoused spiritual Husband; and to ALWAYS hate, despise and loathe ALL commandment breaking, compromise and sin, as the path to decay and DEATH.
2 Corinthians 12
2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to [engage in self glorying] glory. [therefore] I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Paul now speaks of someone [probably John and Revelation] who had had a vision of God’s Heaven.
23:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
The first heaven being the atmosphere; the second being outer space; and the third being the place of God the Father’s throne.
12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
Paul say’s that such a man’s vision was impressive, but it is better to glory in God than in any experience of men.
12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
Paul was allowed to suffer physically to keep him humble, lest he should glory over the multitude of visions and revelations that he had received from Christ. Other scriptures indicate that this suffering was a matter of bad eyesight or near blindness; from having seen Christ in a measure of his glory.
12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in [God’s power is revealed by working through us in our weakness] weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Paul takes pleasure in his personal trials and weakness, because he knows that because of these things; men will glorify God and will NOT glorify himself. It was in him to give all glory to God and to seek none for himself. May God grant us all to have such an honest and pure humility before God.
God calls the weak and lowly to the faith and he calls the weak and lowly to be his apostles, prophets and elders so that in their weakness God’s power and glory will be revealed.
When a weak man accomplishes great things; it becomes obvious to all that the great thing was NOT done by the doing of the man, but was done by God using that man as God’s tool.
12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: [It is they who should have respected what Paul had done and they should not have forced Paul to remind them of the works of a true apostle of God; for they are the works of God made evident in a man and NOT the works of the man himself.] for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
12:13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours [Paul did not desire their possessions], but you [your good] : for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
A rule of inheritance and a rule of godly leadership. A leader is to pour himself out for God and those that are God’s people, as Jesus Christ set us an example to do.
12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less [you seem to love me] I be loved.
12:16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile [wisdom]. 12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps? [Paul and Titus did the same thing and acted in the same way toward the Corinthians]
12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying [we did everything for your benefit].
12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
Paul fears that many have been turned away from the truth and from Godly conduct by false teachers and the false reasoning’s of men; who desire to gain a following from among them.
Today the Church is filled with idolatry of men and spiritual adultery; as well as all of the sins [both physically and spiritually] mentioned by Paul.
Worldly men will lean to their own understanding and traditions; and compromising with the Word and Commandments of God; to follow a false teacher setting himself up as the world’s ultimate moral authority in place of God.
2 Corinthians 13
2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:
Jesus Christ will not spare those who will not repent of their lukewarmness to live by every Word of God.
Today we have been warned; when Christ returns, many will fall as he divides the faithful from the faithless.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
2 Corinthians 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
As God the Father resurrected Jesus Christ to life as a spirit; God shall make his faithful to live in a resurrection to spirit: If we are faithful to live by EVERY WORD of GOD in Christ-like zeal.
13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
If Christ be dwelling within us, we will be doing the things that Christ did through his indwelling power: We will be living by every Word of God the Father like he did!
13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
The faithful are to be zealous for the TRUTH of the whole Word of God, and are NEVER to break or compromise with any part of the whole Word of God. To reject any part of the Word of God is to reject truth for falsehood and error, which is sin.
13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
The instruction and correction of Paul [and my words also] are not intended to damage anyone, they are for the purpose of perfecting the saints and rooting out error, so that we may all appear before HIM in Rejoicing! and not to face condemnation.
13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind [of one doctrine with Jesus Christ and with God the Father], live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
Consider that if we are ONE in unity with God; God is ONE in unity with us!
Therefore if we seek God the Father and Jesus Christ with all our beings and diligently seek out godly righteousness through a passionate love and dedicated living by every Word of God the Father: HE WILL BE WITH US!
13:13 All the saints salute you. 13:1 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen
The Holy Spirit leads us to passionately obey God and to LIVE BY EVERY WORD of GOD without any compromise or hint of turning aside. Any spirit that teaches to tolerate sin, is NOT the Holy Spirit: It is the spirit of antichrist!