2 Corinthians 6:1 “…as workers together with Him…”
Continuation of previous chapter. Easy to forget this is one whole letter. Paul didn’t write it in chapter and verses.
1 “…not to receive the grace of God in vain”
Don’t ignore what you have heard and learned. As James would write, don’t be a hearer of the word only, but a doer. Allow the truth of God to change you.
2 “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”
The time to act on what God tells you is when you hear it. Too many people hear and wait or postpone any decision. Each time they put off the decision it becomes easier to do so. I’m not sure if I believe that God stops calling them after an amount of time, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a person became so dull of hearing and hard of heart from refusing Him that they eventually couldn’t hear Him speak.
3-10 “We give no offense…that our ministry may not be blamed”
He’s back to verse one, as workers with Christ. Paul did everything possible, as much as depended on him, to be an acceptable witness for Christ and to reach others for Him, whether it was action on Paul’s part or things he endured.
13 “…in return for the same…”
Paul has been open, honest, and loving with them. They should return the behavior.
14 “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”
Verse is usually referenced when discussing a Christian marrying an unbeliever. But the context is any close interaction in which a Christian would participate in the actions of the unbeliever to the point of agreeing with them and/or being restrained by them. The issue of homosexual marriage and how Christians relate to that is a good example. Christians have no issue with buying or selling with those who participate in that lifestyle. However, if a Christian is asked to participate in actions which would show their agreement with the behavior, they must decline. It is unfortunate that the United States has become so un-Godly that those following this mandate have been punished by the government, in violation of its own standards, the Constitution.
The line between what is and is not acceptable is difficult to list as a how-to guide. Each situation must be examined to determine the margins, but the principle is the same. It would be difficult to witness to unbelievers without some type of relationship with them. It just must not be to the point of being yoked together.
17 “…Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.”
Sections of Isaiah and Ezekiel. In the world, but not of it. We may not be physically separate as the nation of Israel was, but we can be holy and sanctified in our relationship to God which then determines our relationship to others.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
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