In 2 Corinthians 6 Commentary part 4, we’ll cover the “as” verses of this chapter. To quickly refresh, there are three different groups that Paul has us focus on concerning us as ministers of the Lord and entire ministries in general. The three different groups are the “in”, the “by”, and what we’ll be talking about here will be the “as” verses.
The point is that when we’re in a circumstance we overcome by what it says as what we’re suppose to be. Another way to look at it is a presented problem, behavior leading to the solution to the problem, and the example that we’re suppose to leave behind in our dealing with that problem.
We are being Watched
Whether we realize it or not, others are always observing what we do and how we react to different things, particularly as ministers of the Lord. If nothing else, know that the Lord is watching and observing how we deal with what comes against us in every circumstance. His will as our Boss is the following:
1 Thessalonians 5
16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I believe that he is watching us, working on us, and working with us all the time. This particular chapter in 2 Corinthians is an exploded view of the verse above. In the previous post 2 Corinthians Commentary Part 3, we left off toward the tail end of verse 8. We’ll pick it up from there.
Living Clean, Living Right
2 Corinthians 6
8 As deceivers, and yet true; 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
As deceivers, and Yet True
When I read this chunk of scripture I am automatically reminded of Matthew 10:16:
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Are ministers of the Lord often seen as deceivers? Just ask any atheist. Most would likely say so. In fact, as we are not of this world but have been born again into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son, much of this world will hold that opinion over most ministries or ministers. Knowing that this world will be against every effort to gain ground for Jesus will in fact make you less surprised when you come against any form of resistance.
In the face of whatever is thrown at you, if you stick to your Biblical guns and do not waver, you will be seen as a deceiver to a world that rejects the Lord. But if you are adhering to the Word of God as a true minister of the Lord, whatever they call you, you’ll still be right. As a deceiver does not mean being a deceiver.
As a deceiver does not mean to deceive people to convince them that you are true or telling the truth. It’s the world’s perception of a minister of the Lord that this is talking about here, not the actions or behavior of the minister being observed.
As Unknown, and yet Well Known
This chunk of scripture is a little different in it’s usage in the word “as”. There are two ways that we can interpret this. On one hand it is used as something we should adhere to. On the other hand it is also used as a worldly perception of us as ministers of the Lord.
For example, if we are known world wide, and have become a household name because of our service to the Lord, we should still consider ourselves as unknown. Why? Because that curbs a little something that the Lord would call pride. As ministers of the Lord, we all should know who the author of pride is, and that’s Satan.
In Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World, we get into that whole issue of the origins of pride, it’s author, and what the Lord did to Lucifer because of it. Pride is nowhere in our divine job description, so to adopt the mindset of being an unknown as you work for the Lord is imperative to avoid being found harboring an iniquity.
That being said, the majority of us don’t have that problem. In fact, it may be the other way around completely. Feeling alone in a world of trouble, one fish struggling to swim against the tide. That may describe the mindset of many Christians that are actively trying to serve the Lord faithfully.
In comes the ladder half of that piece of scripture “and yet well known”. We are very well known by the Lord and the armies of Heaven. We are ambassadors for the cause of the King of Kings! Do you think that nobody in Heaven is paying attention? The Lord is with us always, even to the end of the world.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
We are right now seated with him in Heaven through the Holy Ghost! We are not strangers to God, he is ever watching, helping, judging, and loving. Never think that you are alone in this fight against the rulers of this world, the spiritual wickedness in high places. So yes, we should behave in our hearts as unknown to the world, but believe in our hearts that we are well known in Heaven.
As Dying, and behold we Live
As ministers of the Lord, we are to be dead to the flesh, giving no place for the evil one. Dead to the world but alive in Christ Jesus. Being born again, that which is old dies, and we are given a spirit born anew. Jesus explains that well in John 3, and is explained throughout the epistles.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
As Chastened, and not Killed
We all deserve to die because of our sin. There is no such thing as a human who has no sin, save only one in all of history, and that was Jesus. So if the Lord was without mercy, grace, and Love, he could wipe all of us out and be just in doing so. Thankfully that is not the case. He is merciful, graceful, and the true definition of love, as he IS love.
So instead of treating us as a King of the earth would, he treats us as a Father who loves us. That’s why we are chastened, and not killed. Always keep this in mind. Because this is a different treatment than being punished.
The chastening of the Lord may come across as being punished, but the outcome is much different, and the reasoning behind it is different. The largest distinction between chastisement and punishment is growth. Growth is the intended result of chastisement, and correction or repentance is the intended result of punishment. One moves forward and the other puts back on track. Bear in mind, I am speaking of those who are already saved.
5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
As Sorrowful, yet Always Rejoicing
Now why should we be as sorrowful? The answer is because the Lord has given us the outcome about what the eternal residence will be for those who deny Jesus as the Son of the most high God. We KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that the words of Jesus are true. We would be as sorrowful because of what we know to be true for those who are mocking, hating, rejecting, persecuting, and killing us. We know that to do it to us is to do it to Christ.
18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
But for us who are called by his name, we have all the more reason to yet always rejoice. We’ve adhered to the good news of Jesus, that whosoever should call upon the name of the Lord should not perish, but have everlasting life. We know that we’ve clutched on to the Savior, and that his promises are sure. Despite all, these are always grounds for joy!
So the sorrow comes because we know what others are rejecting, and the Holy Spirit in us feels for them, as he is literally connected to the Father, so the Holy Spirit will feel the Father’s emotion. We will feel that as well as his vessels upon the earth. We serve a compassionate God, but also a just God who has established things to work one way that is available to all.
As Poor, yet Making Many Rich
This is a supernatural truth that is found in Christ. As poor isn’t talking about anything of the flesh, or your personal financial whereabouts. This is a spiritual statement. Jesus said that the poor in spirit is blessed!
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich)
The poor in spirit is the three worded way to say that you are meek, sound in faith, long suffering, patient on the Lord as well as with man, not haughty, prideful, or arrogant, etc.. Basically a vessel fit for the Holy Ghost to rest all of his fruits in you. Always longing for the Lord and waiting with great anticipation for the time when we will be with Jesus, and to become just as he is.
It is through serving the Lord and doing what he wills as obediently as we can muster that creates the blessing of making many rich. This end is also a spiritual truth. For example, if what you’re reading here is opening your eyes to something that the Lord wanted you to know, I’ve contributed to your riches. You’ll move on and apply this to your knowledge of the Word and use it as the Lord leads, maybe putting something together for you that you can share with someone else adding to their riches.
And if you have the opportunity to get someone saved, you’ve partaken in opening the door of unspeakable riches to that person. Riches that before salvation were not available to that person at all. So that six worded phrase is HUGE when understanding it from a spiritual sense.
As Having Nothing, and yet Possessing All Things
To behave as having nothing. This is another behavior against pride, pomp, and arrogance. Whether you are loaded and have all the pleasures of the land at your fingertips, or you’re homeless without a dime to your name, you should be AS having nothing. Remember also that nothing in this world satisfies. We are not subject to depending on things of this world.
We must use different things of this world, but that’s the extent of it. All that we truly have has been given to us by the Lord and is waiting for us when we go to be with him. The things of the spirit are what will satisfy your soul, not the pleasures of the world.
That concludes this 4th addition to this study. It looks possible that we may be able to call it in part 5! We’ll see. I hope that these have been a blessing and has helped some of you out in some way concerning how we as ministers of the Lord should be looking at life and how we move through life in the Lord’s service.
There’s nothing like knowing that the Lord is living inside of your body and is granting access to heaven on our behalf for his Kingdom! Just simply awesome stuff! Praise the Lord for all of his good benefits! If you don’t know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, what in the world are you waiting for? He’s given you a personal invitation to Heaven! Just take him up on it. Head over to Revelation of Salvation to say the sinner’s prayer and introduce yourself to the Lord. He’s been waiting for you to do it since the creation of the earth!
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