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“…your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
September 26, 2009, 1:39 pm
Filed under: K Second Letter to the Corinthians

After more than week now I have been reading and re-reading chapters 10 to 13 in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. I really have to say that this is really an incredible section of Scripture. I get a sense of Paul’s urgency and frustration mixed with his love and patience for the church their. This being his last letter to this church, that we know of.

After describing all of his credentials to lay at rest the false boastings of those in Corinth who seem to be trying to pull the church towards false teachings Paul describes what he has gone through, the tortures and trials of sharing the gospel, and concludes his list with his most trying and cross bearing moments: “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?” Are there men and women out in our world today who could say this of themselves!? Where are they? Man, what anxiety Paul must have gone through for years, especially in this church in Corinth. If I were a Christian in Corith after having read this I would be under major guilt for my petty little complaints. Paul had so much desire to see this church become who they already were in Jesus – “a new creation” where “the old has gone, the new has come!”

Many in this church just hadn’t gotten their identity right. They were measuring “themselves by themselves” and comparing “themselves with themselves” instead of being wise and realizing that their identity was Christ’s! When God sees them He sees only Jesus, not themselves! Because Jesus “died for all” we “should no longer live” for ourselves “but for him who died for them and was raised again”! Paul’s hope was to help them see who they were in Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to truly express Jesus through them that enabled the strengthening of the body of Christ. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” What an incredible statement of spiritual maturity, of spiritual fatherhood and spiritual motherhood. May it be that every body of Christ meeting in homes and the workplace everywhere could have spiritual fathers and mothers whose life is marked by a “sincere and pure devotion to Christ” that lives by Jesus resurrected power and allows Jesus to use them to “demolish strongholds” whatever and wherever they may be that keeps people from knowing and loving Jesus and therefore knowing and loving one another.

Like a wedding bride Paul describes the church being “promised…to one husband, to Christ, so that (he) might present you as a pure virgin to him.” Do I have that desire? Does His body everywhere have that desire? Could we as followers of Jesus desire that when we meet together in our homes we could look at ourselves as Jesus bride, “a pure virgin” who has a “sincere and pure devotion to Christ”? Could we instead of comparing ourselves with ourselves focus on having a sincere and pure devotion to Jesus instead? Instead of focusing on everything else instead of Jesus could we make Jesus the Head of His body when we meet together? Could we refrain from our self boasting or taking control of the meetings so that “no one will think more of (you) than is warranted by what (you) do or say”? Can we humble ourselves to follow Jesus simple command to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him? What do I need to die to? What do we need to die to? Our extrovert or introvert personality? Our gifts? Our neediness? Our heritage? Our doctrines? Could we think of others instead of ourselves? Could “everything we do (be done) for (each others) strengthening”? “He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.” Only through crucifixion will we find a life of resurrection power.

“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?” If we are in Christ we are a new creation, we do not need to live like we use to, Jesus lives in us, our identity is Jesus! We CAN live by the life of Jesus, we CAN love, but it comes only through the cross! Thank you Lord that you will help me bear the cross and through it find your resurrected power! Jesus must be made Lord, Head of His Body! When we assemble together in the name of the Lord Jesus then His power will truly be revealed in our midst!

“Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Amen!

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Very well said, I pray that more of us who are followers and witnesses in Christ take this opportunity and this sector to win souls. I pray that more people will read your blog and come to know Christ and live for Christ. Be Blessed.

Comment by myoshi38

Thank you so much for the encouraging words! God bless!

Comment by John Wilson

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