Scripture: II Corinthians 6

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Paul’s Hardships

II Corinthians 6:1-13 (WEB) 1 Working together, we entreat also that you do not receive the grace of God in vain, for he says, “At an acceptable time I listened to you.  In a day of salvation I helped you.”  Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed, but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; in pureness, in knowledge, in perseverance, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 11 Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return, I speak as to my children: you also open your hearts.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul entreat (urge) the Corinthian believers to not do (II Corinthians 6:1)? The Corinthian believers were urged to not receive the grace of God in vain.

2. What do you believe is meant by the words “acceptable time” and “day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2)? My Bible notes: God offers salvation to all people.  Many people put off a decision for Christ, thinking that there will be a better time – but they could easily miss their opportunity altogether.  There is not time like the present to receive God’s forgiveness.

3. Why should we be like Paul and give “no occasion of stumbling” to anyone (II Corinthians 6:3)? In everything we do we should always consider what our actions communicate about Jesus.  Others are watching us. Any careless and undisciplined actions on our part may give others an excuse to reject Jesus.

4. What situations did Paul endure (II Corinthians 6:4-5)? Paul endured afflictions, hardships, distresses, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors (hard work), watchings (sleepless nights), and (fastings) hunger.

5. How did Paul endure these situations (II Corinthians 6:6-9). Paul endured all this in pureness (purity), in knowledge (understanding), in perseverance (patience), in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, in the word of truth (speaking the truth), in the power of God, by the armor of righteousness, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet true; as unknown and yet well know; mistreated, punished.

6. How did Paul respond (II Corinthians 6:10)? Though experiencing sorrow, he rejoiced; though poor himself he made others rich; though he had nothing (materially) yet he believed he possessed all things. Paul didn’t compromise his standards.

7. What did Paul say to the Corinthian believers (II Corinthians 6:11-13)? Paul told the Corinthian believers his true feeling for them: that he had opened his heart to them; withheld no affection from them; and spoke to them as his children.

Do Not Be Yoked With Unbelievers

II Corinthians 6:14-18 (WEB) 14 Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship do righteousness and iniquity have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what portion does a believer have with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk in them. I will be their God and they will be my people.” 17 Therefore “‘Come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord.  ‘Touch no unclean thing.  I will receive you.  18 I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Questions and Answers:

1. With whom did Paul tell the Corinthian believers they were not to be unequally yoked together (II Corinthians 6:14)?  Paul said the Corinthians believers were not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers.

2. What was Paul’s reason for saying this (II Corinthians 6:16)? Paul said the Corinthian believers were a temple of the living God.  And God was dwelling in them and walking with them.  He was their God and they were to be His people.

3. What was God’s instruction to believers (II Corinthians 6:17-18)? “Come out from among them (unbelievers) and be separate.  Touch no unclean thing.  I will receive you.  I will be to you a Father.  You will be to Me sons and daughters.”

HEAR the WORD

II Corinthians 6:17 (WEB) Therefore “‘Come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord.  ‘Touch no unclean thing.  I will receive you.” 

II Corinthians 6:18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes: Separation from the world involves more than keeping our distance from sinners.  It means staying close to God.  There is no way to separate ourselves totally from all sinful influences.  Nevertheless we are to resist the sin around us, without either giving up or giving in.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

As believers are we loving and living God’s Word.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We shouldn’t behave in any way that might give another person an excuse for rejecting Christ.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray our actions will always encourage those around us (II Corinthians 6:1-3).  Lord, I pray no matter the troubles and hardships we endure, we will stand firm in our faith (II Corinthians 6:4-10). Lord, I pray we will love our fellow believers (II Corinthians 6:11).  Lord, I pray we believers will not be unequally yoked with unbelievers (II Corinthians 6:14) for we are Your temple. Thank You Lord for living among us and walking with us (II Corinthians 6:16). Thank You for being our Father and making us Your sons and daughters (II Corinthians 6:18). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I always bring glory, honor and praise to God with our life.” <>< Dona