Scripture: II Corinthians 13

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Final Warnings

II Corinthians 13:1-10 (WEB) 1 This is the third time I am coming to you. “At the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” I have said beforehand, and I do say beforehand, as when I was present the second time, so now, being absent, I write to those who have sinned before now, and to all the rest, that, if I come again, I will not spare; seeing that you seek a proof of Christ who speaks in me; who toward you is not weak, but is powerful in you. For He was crucified through weakness, yet He lives through the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we will live with Him through the power of God toward you. Examine your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don’t you know about your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -unless indeed you are disqualified. But I hope that you will know that we aren’t disqualified.  Now I pray to God that you do no evil; not that we may appear approved, but that you may do that which is honorable, though we are as reprobate. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray for this: your becoming perfect. 10 For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not deal sharply when present, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for tearing down.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who did Paul say he wouldn’t spare (wouldn’t be lenient toward) when he arrived in Corinth (II Corinthians 13:1-2)? Paul said he wouldn’t spare those who had been sinning.

2. Who did Paul say was not weak, but powerful (II Corinthians 13:3)? Paul said Christ was not weak in dealing with the Corinthians, but powerful among them.

3. By whose power does Christ live (II Corinthians 13:4a)? Christ lives by God’s power.

4. Who will we live with and how will we do this (II Corinthians 13:4b) Through the power of God we will live with Him.

5. Why were the Corinthian believers to examine themselves (II Corinthians 13:5-6)? The Corinthians were to examine and test themselves to see whether they were in the faith. And therefore would not be disqualified (fail the test).

6. What did Paul say was prayed (II Corinthians 13:7)? Paul said he had prayed the Corinthians would do no evil but instead would do that which was honorable.

7. What did Paul say about their own obedience (II Corinthians 13:8)? Paul said they could do nothing against the truth, only for the truth. 

8. When did Paul say he rejoiced (II Corinthians 13:9)? Paul said he (and those with him) rejoiced when they (Paul and those with him) were weak and when the Corinthian believers were strong. And they were praying they (the Corinthians) would become perfect.

9. What did Paul want to do when he arrived (II Corinthians 13:10)? Paul wanted to be able to build up the Corinthian believers.

Final Greetings

II Corinthians 13:11-14 (WEB) 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice! Be perfected. Be comforted. Be of the same mind. Live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.  13 All the saints greet you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s love, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. What words of encouraged did Paul give to the Corinthian believers (II Corinthians 13:11)? Paul said rejoice, be perfected, be comforted, be of the same mind, live in peace so the God of love and peace would be with them.

2.  How were the Corinthian believers to greet one another (II Corinthians 13:12)? Paul told the Corinthian believers to greet one another with a holy kiss.

3. What was Paul’s closing blessing upon the Corinthian believers (II Corinthians 13:14)? Paul prayed the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s love and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit would be with them all. AMEN.

HEAR the WORD

II Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  My thought: In this instance holy means dedicated or consecrated to God.  So what is a holy kiss?  Perhaps it’s all about our attitude and not the actual, physical kiss.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Corinthians 13:5 (NIV) Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?

II Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice!  Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I purpose to examine my faith daily.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I purpose to encourage others to do the same.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray You will be powerful among us (II Corinthians 13:3).  Lord, I pray we will live by Your power (II Corinthians 13:4).  Lord, I pray we will examine ourselves frequently to make sure we’re in the faith (II Corinthians 13:5).  Lord, I pray for those who need to turn from their sinful way.  I pray they will repent (II Corinthians 13:6-8).  Lord, I pray we will become mature in our faith (II Corinthians 13:9).  Lord, I pray we will build one another up and not tear anyone down (II Corinthians 13:10).  Lord, I pray we will aim for perfection, be of one mind, live in peace so the God of love and peace will be with us (II Corinthians 13:11). I pray Your grace, Your love and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will be with all of us (II Corinthians 13:14).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I keep our focus on the perfection in Christ.” <>< Dona