In 2 Corinthians 6 Commentary Part 5, I’ll let the chips fall where they may instead of doing a breakdown like the previous four posts. Here, we’l be concentrating on verses 11-18, which will wrap up this chapter. If anyone is here for the first time, or maybe haven’t been here for awhile, I’d suggest you go back to part one of this series on this amazing chapter of 2 Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 6
11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. 13 Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
There’s a good deal of ground to cover within these verses. First off I’d like to say that verse 12 took me a bit to get a firm grasp on. Come to find out, another word that could be used instead of “straightened” could be “vexed”. That’s closer to what we would use today, so it makes the former and the ladder verses make a bit more sense.
But from there, we go into a space where the Apostle Paul is beseeching us to stay separate from those who haven’t received Christ. There are a multitude of ways that we can use these verses and apply them to our lives. But I’d venture to say that some people take it to such an extreme that they’re rendered useless, or an unfruitful branch.
Lack of understanding these verses (14-17) can cause for us to adhere to un-biblical religion, and at it’s worst can actually cancel out the great commission, ignoring the people that are out in the world that need a Savior in Christ Jesus. Our Bibles would look allot different if the Apostles kept it safe, and only went where the believers were. There’s no place that I can find in my Bible where the Lord calls us unto stagnation.
What did Jesus and the Apostles do?
These verses are not talking about personal whereabouts, but actions. Jesus himself ate and was hanging out with sinners, enough that he caught flack for it by the Pharisees. The Apostles also, particularly when Jesus sent them out by two’s. There wasn’t any Body of Christ for them to lean on or to dwell with. It was just them, Jesus, and whoever would listen to them. In many ways these last handful of verses should point us back to the first few in this chapter.
1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
So when Paul says come out of them, he’s not saying pack up and move. What he is saying is to not participate in their ungodly or sinful ways. This is something that I think most if not all of us are guilty of to some extent. How much of this world do we tolerate in our lives? How much active sin in our lives have we decided to think God is going to be okay with?
Now if you’re the type of person that does not have the strength to hang around with people outside of the faith, and wind up being dragged down, then maybe you should take this group of verses more literally than I’m talking about. But the Lord would rather us be in a group of people that are outside of the faith, and wind up lifting them up closer to the Lord.
Be like Jesus however you can. But you can’t do that without knowing him or knowing how he responds to things. But having him with you through the Holy Ghost, it’s a whole lot easier to understand who he is and how he responds to things when you seek him out in the Bible and in prayer. He will open your eyes and speak through his word directly to you. He desires for us to learn of him.
Who’s in Charge of your Life?
Who do your peers see in you as you move throughout your days? Do they see Christ in you, the Hope of Glory, or do they see the old man that was crucified on the Cross of Calvary when you received Jesus? Are you a man pleaser, or a God pleaser? Examining yourself through the lens of the Word of God is (in my opinion) one of the best ways to understand where you’re standing with the Lord.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
If you are honest with yourself and with the Lord, you will find all kinds of your own faults in the Word of God. The good news is that it’s there for your own benefit, to instruct you what you need to do about it, washing away any iniquity that is kicking off all kinds of sin. The Lord changes us from the inside out.
As that happens, we go from glory to glory, not avoiding things because we don’t want to suffer for it, but because we will to please the Lord instead. For you parents out there, which would you prefer? Your child doing a bunch of things around the house because they’ll get punished if they don’t, or they are doing it to make you happy?
Of course you’d rather your children doing something good for the purpose of making you happy because they know it will instead of saving their own skin. God sees things the same way. He is our heavenly Father, and prefers obedience with a cheerful heart rather than sacrifice. Intentions of the heart are a big deal in the eyes of the Lord as you can see in the above verse (Hebrews 4:12).
So who is in charge of your life? Outside influences or inside influences? Can you keep yourself separate in word and deed when surrounded by friends or family that may try to get you to do things that aren’t right in the eyes of the Lord? Have you spent enough time in the Lord and in his Word to discern between what God wants and what the world wants?
Some deep questions there, and personally, I like to think about those kinds of things. I’ve been there and am guilty of all of it. And having been that person that would figuratively try to live blending righteousness with unrighteousness, I can tell you with certainty that the only way to break out of that pattern is to lose yourself in the Word of God and come out in Christ. Be thankful for everything, be glad for whatever the Lord has you walk through, and pray all the time, either out loud or in your head.
Set your Mind on the things that are Above!
Surround yourself with the Word of God either in your Bible, online, with what you watch on TV, everything. What you are doing is strengthening your spirit and causing a renewal of your mind in the washing of the Word of God. Not brain washing, because a cleansing of your spirit changes your heart, causing for you to will to please the Father and to get closer to him than ever.
Just look at what is said in this chapter!
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
That is a promise spoken directly by the Creator of anything you’ve ever known and all that you don’t. Heaven and earth and all that is in between. He is all in all, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And it is his desire to be a Father to you, and to walk in you, going wherever you go, always there to guide you in all circumstances.
But if we do things that he warns us not to, and partake in things that are against him and his Word, he is hindered in our walk, as we have allowed other outside influences to muddy the waters of what he’s planned for our lives. The Lord doesn’t establish rules and cautions to hold it over our heads, but for our own good and to keep the communications clear between us and God the Father.
This is something I go into in detail in Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World. Since the spiritual war begun between God and all of his enemies, the Lord has had to establish things in order to keep us safe from the wiles of the Devil. Different things that enable us to stay above God’s enemies spiritually, walking in his grace, and keep the enemy underneath our feet. God’s desire is clear toward us. It is his will that none should perish, but live. So he could be a Father to us, and we be his sons and daughters. So he can dwell in us and walk in us, and that he would be our God, and we his people.
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God bless you all and if you find yourself feeling a bit of peer pressure to do the wrong thing or behave against what’s right, just remember 2 Corinthians 6 Commentary Part 5, and how the Lord would have you respond.