2 Corinthians 1:12-24
2 Corinthians 1:12-24
12 We are proud that our conscience is clear. We are proud of the way that we have lived in this world. We have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity, especially toward you. It was not by human wisdom that we have lived but by God's kindness.
• Proud - For our rejoicing is this - Our boasting, exultation, subject of glorying. Cf. Romans 9:1; Galatians 6:4
• Conscience is clear- Con(with)Science(Knowledge). That department of the mind, or instinctive sense of right and wrong, by which we judge of the moral character of human conduct. It is common to all men.
• Lived in this world- we have conducted ourselves in the world with pure motives and godly sincerity.
• God-given holiness and sincerity- such sincerity as God manifests and approves such as He, by his grace, would produce in the heart; such as the conviction of the gospel is suited to produce.
• not by human wisdom- Not with the wisdom which is revealed by the people of this world.
• CHALLENGE: One of the most dangerous sins being committed today by man is having the knowledge of God and yet refusing to surrender their all to GOD. Christendom is rapidly losing sin-consciousness, which means losing God-consciousness-which means eternal doom. What is your testimony?
13-14 We are only writing you what you already knew before you read this. I hope you will understand this as long as you live, even though you now understand it only partially. We are your reason to be proud, as you will be our reason to be proud on the day of our Lord Jesus.
• Paul tells them that he is revealing his very heart towards them. Cf. 2 Corinthians 4:2; 5:11; 13:6
• CHALLENGE: The TRUTH Test-Truth and Lies: Half true is a lie. Half lie is still a lie.
15-19 Confident of this, I had previously wanted to visit you so that you could benefit twice. My plans had been to go from the city of Corinth to the province of Macedonia. Then from Macedonia I had planned to return to you again in Corinth and have you support my trip to Judea. You don't think that I made these plans lightly, do you? Do you think that when I make plans, I make them in a sinful way? Why would I say that something is true when it isn't? You can depend on God. Our message to you isn't false; it's true. God's Son, Jesus Christ, whom I, Silvanus, and Timothy told you about, was true not false. Because of him our message was always true.
• message to you isn't false…. message was always true - God was always true to all the promises that He made and as he felt himself to be the servant of the Savior and of God. What is True? What is TRUTH? He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Cf. John 14:6; Revelation 3:7; Revelation 3:14
• CHALLENGE: Half-trues
20-24 Certainly, Christ made God's many promises come true. For that reason, because of our message, people also honor God by saying, "Amen!" God establishes us, together with you, in a relationship with Christ. He has also anointed us. In addition, he has put his seal of ownership on us and has given us the Spirit as his guarantee. I appeal to God as a witness on my behalf, that I stayed away from Corinth because I wanted to spare you. It isn't that we want to have control over your Christian faith. Rather, we want to work with you so that you will be happy. Certainly, you are firmly established in the Christian faith.
• In Revelation 3:14, the Lord Jesus is called the “Amen.” The word means true, faithful, certain. Cf. Hebrews 6:18
• Anointed us- As “Christ” is the “Anointed” (which His name means), so “He has anointed us,” ministers and believing people alike, with the Spirit. Cf. 1 John 2:20, 27
• Seal of ownership- Not only deeply impressed His truth and image upon our hearts; but, by the incredible gifts of the Holy Spirit, confirmed the truth of our calling to the ministry.
• Firmly established in the Christian faith- they were persistent in the faith, and his only wish was to be a helper of their joy.
• CHALLENGE: THE TRUE WORK OF A GOSPEL-DRIVEN MISSION -"But are helpers of your joy." He is a helper, not a lord; a helper, not a substitute. A true minister is:
1. To help people to think rightly. To think rightly is to think on the right subject, in the right way.
2. To help people to feel rightly. Feel rightly in relation to self, mankind, the universe, and God.
3. To help people to believe rightly. "By faith we stand."