2 Corinthians Chapter 6 – 7

July 12, 2012

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Corinthians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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We took a detailed look at 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 over the last month or so because our mission of One More is based in those verses. As we ended we were talking about the righteousness of God. Paul explains this idea of righteousness as it relates to our mission very well in 2 Corinthians 6:1-7:

2 Corinthians 6:1-7 (NIV)
1 As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

Let’s unpack verse 7 quickly:

2 Corinthians 6:7 (NIV)
7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

In truthful speech and in the power of God – Radical Message

Our weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left –

Radical Hospitality and Radical Generosity

Reaching out with radical generosity by encouraging two people every day and with outreaches that make people stop and think.

Welcoming people with radical hospitality to make them feel comfortable, breaking down religious barriers so that they can hear and receive the radical message of reconciliation.

All right, let’s pick up our reading in verse 8 and then we will read through the end of Chapter 7.

2 Corinthians 6:8-18 (NIV)
8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange–I speak as to my children–open wide your hearts also. 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Corinthians 7:1-16 (NIV)
1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you. 4 I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 5 For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn–conflicts on the outside, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever. 8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it–I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while– 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. 13 By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. 14 I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. 15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. 16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.

In Chapters 6 and 7 Paul talks about some of the things that love looks like in the lives of believers.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Sometimes love means self-sacrifice. Paul reviews some of the hardships he has endured in His ministry. But he endured these things as a servant of God, out of love.

In response, he is asking that the Corinthians open their hearts wide to love as well.

8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange–I speak as to my children–open wide your hearts also.

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

Love means refusing to be linked with evil. Our walk with Christ calls for us to stay away “from everything that contaminates body and spirit.” We are to live our lives by trying to do the next right thing. Seeking after the things of God and the will of God and not being dragged down by the culture around us. Being separate does not mean that we do not live among the people in our culture, it means that we are not to live the same way they do.

2 Corinthians 7:2-16

Love is a source of great joy, even in difficult situations.

The relationship that Paul had with the Corinthians had been difficult for all of them at times. The church had caused Paul to feel great anxiety over them. The letter that Paul wrote to them had caused the Corinthians sorrow. And yet, the sorrow which was caused had moved the Corinthians to repent and change. That was the goal of Paul’s letter, which he had written in love in dealing with hard issues.

10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Because of Paul’s willingness to love the Corinthians even in difficult situations and times, a great danger was avoided in Corinth, and the church there was set back on the path to righteousness. The kind of righteousness that can reach out into the world for Christ and have an impact.

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