2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 10

The last four chapters of this epistle are mainly concerned with matters of a more personal sort, that lay between Paul and the Corinthians. To write so much of such matters may appear to be egotism on the part of Paul. Paul himself speaks of it as his "folly" (2 Cor. 11: 1). Still what he wrote is as much inspired as the rest of the epistle, and as full of profit also. Much that is of deep importance for all saints, and for all time, is embedded in these chapters; and we gain immensely...

Victorious in Christ

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift." -- 2 Cor. 9:15 "Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ." -- 2 Cor. 2:14 The Christian is always victorious in Christ. "From victory unto victory, His army doth He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, And Christ is Lord indeed." At the very outset of faith, every believer enjoys the victory that Christ has won through His death. "He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made th...

Lecture 7 - The Epistles and the Revelation

The Epistles We have before us, to-night, beloved brethren, the concluding portion of God's blessed Word; and I cannot but feel, as we enter upon it, how more than inadequate the account has been of the previous parts, while it is vain to promise one's self better either as to what remains. Still what account could be given that would not be inadequate? And if a partial representation be in some sort a misrepresentation, it will be sufficient to warn you not to suppose that wh...

Giving

       2 Corinthians 8:9 “He who was rich, for our sakes became poor.” In this profound statement the apostle is not specifically drawing attention to the life of humility our Lord lived here among men. Possibly that life could be summed up in our Lord’s own words, “the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head.” But it is well to remember that in the highest sense, amid His material poverty, He enjoyed a richness beyond all othe...

The Field of Clover

"Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts" (2 Cor. 1:22). "Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit" (2 Cor. 5:5). "....ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:13,14). As the "earnest" the Holy Spirit is given to us for our comf...

The Spiritual Order of Paul's Epistles

We believe that the order of arrangement of Paul’s Epistles to the Churches was Divinely established; and that there is a progress of spiritual experience from Romans to 2 Thessalonians. ROMANS: RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS. In Romans man is shown without righteousness: "There is none righteous, no, not one." This involves man’s fundamental relation to God. Christ is set forth a propitiation, meeting all Divine claims, and by His death releasing man from the necessit...

Godly Sorrow

"There's a snake!" My sister's words were urgent as our family chatted in the living room of our African home. We followed her gaze and with a cold chill recognized an adult spitting cobra under one of the chairs.  Immediately all conversation ceased and other activity halted until we had removed the danger from our home. That same urgency to deal with something exceedingly harmful should characterize our first response to sin in our lives when convicted by God. Scripture documen...

God's Simplicity

From the writings of F.B. Hole on 2 Corinthians 11 The works and ways of God are marked by simplicity. His simplicity is perfect. We can not improve upon it. We may attempt to alter it, but then we only corrupt it. The Gospel is the essence of simplicity. It sets Christ before us as the One who is the expression of all that God has to say to us, as also He is the One who has wrought the necessary work of redemption, and in whom we now stand before God. It brings us into complete subje...

NT Church - The church is financed by free will offerings.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6,7). This is another area of the church that is very important in meeting New Testament specifications, yet it is seldom addressed. It is a sensitive area because many churches have v...

We Faint Not!

The Apostle Paul suffered greatly for the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, but despite being pressed, perplexed and persecuted he did not lose heart - he did not quit! (2 Cor. 4:1; 7-9) Two great truths of Scripture kept Paul pressing on. The first was that he served a living Saviour. God had raised up the Lord Jesus and would also raise him up with Jesus. (2 Cor. 4:14) The second truth was that eternity is real. That which is seen is temporary, but that which is unseen is eternal. (2 C...
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