Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
|Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook||Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter Follow @WayneBlank|
2 Corinthians 6-8
"6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV) refers to the time of judgment, "now," for those who will be in the first resurrection, at the time of Christ's return (see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"6:1 We then, as workers together with him [see The Lord of The Harvest], beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain [see Grace Into Licentiousness]. 6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 KJV)
Before his conversion On The Road To Damascus, Saul (later known as the apostle Paul - see Paul's Ministry) brought many persecutions and hardships on the people of Christ, but thereafter justly experienced the troubles with them, in service to The Lord (see Christianos to understand what "Christian" actually means).
"6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the Ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 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 and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Until The Cure For The Carnal Mind, the Holy Spirit, has come into the mind, no one can be a true Christian - hence Paul's warning to not be "yoked together with unbelievers." Everyone will eventually have their eyes opened (see When Their Eyes Were Opened), but until then, they will only corrupt and deviate the lives, and the purpose of the lives, of those whose time has come.
"6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: 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 [see Spiritual Conception]; 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.
2 Corinthians Chapter 7
The Process Of Conversion is a matter of living a determined life toward salvation, a journey with a purpose (listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page). "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" (2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV).
"7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit [see also Living Waters and A Brainwashed World], perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Conscience is often regarded as something that only good people have, but people who flagrantly commit evil have as much "conscience" as those who strive to live according to God's Word. The difference with the unholy is that their "conscience is defiled" (Titus 1:15 KJV) and they have a "conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Timothy 4:2 KJV). Their conscience is based on self-righteousness (in effect, moral anarchy; see also I Did It My Way), not true righteousness, which can only be defined by God.
"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 [see Epistles] hath made you sorry, 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 not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death [see What Happens When You Die?]. 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness 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. 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. 7:13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
2 Corinthians Chapter 8
In Satan's world (see Who Still Rules The World Today?), true Christians have always needed to depend on each other, in the service of The Lord, just as Christ Himself did: "8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV).
"8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit 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. 8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 8:4 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the 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. 8:6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish 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.
Titus was a Greek convert who closely worked with Paul (the epistle Titus was written from Paul to Titus).
"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 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.
Fact Finder: What is the basis of having "a good conscience toward God"?