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Yea and Nay - 2 Corinthians 1 Part 9

Yea and Nay – 2 Corinthians 1 Part 9

dive-into-the-word-of-god-yea-and-nay--2-corinthians-1-part-9Yea and Nay – 2 Corinthians 1 Part 9, is an addition to this dive into 2 Corinthians that is long overdue. Since I’ve taken the charge to do a daily devotional (which can be found up there in the main menu by the way), I’ve not had the chance to dedicate much time to this unfinished endeavor.

But by the grace of God, here we are, and I’ll tell you right now, that this one was tough. It took me quite awhile to finish this page, because I came in on this blank, having never taken a close look into these pieces of scripture.

Thanks be to the Father, that he took his time with me on this, as revelation came to me in chunks. Like pre-cut steak. What a meal! Praise him in the highest! So here it is, and I pray that it’s a blessing to you.

2 Corinthians 1:

13 For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our’s in the day of the Lord Jesus.

15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; 16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judea.

17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

What’s he getting at?

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I’ve struggled with these few verses for a little while, because of the wording the Apostle Paul uses here. Clearly, verses 13 and 14 concentrates around the idea of acknowledgement. Why this is clear is because it’s used three times in these two verses. So for now, we’ll roll with that.

13 For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our’s in the day of the Lord Jesus.

What the Apostle is referring to, is the acknowledgement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are a few places in Paul’s epistles where he talks about false letters that people wrote in his name, false gospels, false doctrine, etc..

In the first letter to the Corinthians, Paul clarifies what he refers to as his gospel in Romans and 3 Timothy. Not that it’s about him, but the same drum that he would beat to bring others to Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15: King James Version Bible

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

I believe that Paul is referring to this gospel, and I say that because these are the same people that he had originally sent it to in the first letter to the Corinthians. And they received his testimony and also the Gospel that he preached, acknowledging the truth.

Day of the Lord Jesus

Verse 14 ends with the phrase “day of the Lord Jesus.” He is giving us a peek into something that we should be joyous about. I can think of two good questions that come up in this verse.

  1. Why will the Apostle Paul be a cause for rejoicing when the day of the Lord Jesus comes?
  2. Why would the folks at the Corinthian church be something that the Apostle Paul would be joyous about when the day of the Lord Jesus comes?

First, both questions can be answered with four words; Love of the Brethren. That alone should cover both questions and be quite enough, as it fulfills the commandment:

John 13: King James Bible

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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But I believe that there is another answer that comes as a second to fulfilling the commandment. And that would be the promise of reward.

Think about it. Those who receive a prophet in Christ’s name will receive a prophet’s reward. This is a spiritual type of thing, that will be presented to us, as Paul puts it, on the day of the Lord Jesus.

Matthew 10: King James Bible

40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

The reward is real concerning the relationship between a man of God and those who are under his charge. And it works both ways. The man of God is rewarded for his works in Christ Jesus, and his flock is rewarded for receiving him.

Not because he is so great, but is obedient to the Father, and will do all things as the Father wills. This touches upon Ambassadorship, and God giving honor to those who are obedient to him in Christ.

Both are rewarded. The Man of God for doing the things of God, and those who receive him, because in doing so they also receive Christ Jesus. A win-win.

This also explain what Paul is talking about in verse 15. when he brings up coming around again so that they could get a second benefit. Another round of rewards for receiving him.

15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

Did I use Lightness?

16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judea. 17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

give-your-life-to-christ-yea-and-nay--2-corinthians-1-part-9Verses 16 & 17 is the Apostle elaborating on his thoughts toward what we brought up about verse 15. The notion of love of the brethren, and I’d also include spreading the reward, doubling them up between he and the church, as he says in verse 17, he didn’t take lightly.

Verse 17 also points out that it wasn’t for fleshly reasons he wanted to come back, but instead for spiritual. But for reasons we will learn about when we look into chapter 2, Paul never made it to Corinth for the visit he was planning.

The ladder half of his question in verse 17, is a clever way of asking something along the lines of, “Do you think that I wanted to show up for prideful reasons? Being present so that I could point a finger and give orders?”

As God is True

18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

Paul is reminding the Corinthians of the manner by which he and his companions conducted themselves during their previous visit to Corinth. They weren’t driven by the flesh, seeking to fulfill the lusts thereof.

They weren’t there to puff themselves up with pride. They weren’t interested to be man pleasers, being peddlers of doctrine that would insure an easy job of making converts.

Their ambitions were never to build up their earthly treasures so that their flesh would be satisfied. Nor did they give the appearance of such things during their first stay in the city of Corinth.

They instead moved as the Spirit of the Lord willed for them to move. They stayed “in Christ Jesus,” instead of following their own will.

The Promises of God – Yea and Nay

20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

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The promises of God “in him.” In Christ Jesus. This is something that is extremely important. If we are to expect the promises of God to get any traction in our lives, we’ve got to be in Christ for that to take place.

When we receive Christ Jesus into our hearts to stay, that is Christ being in us, the Hope of Glory. That covers our Salvation. But as far as the promises of God goes from there forward, Christ in us isn’t enough for us to receive the several promises that the Lord gives us through his Word.

After Salvation, it’s on us to learn of Christ as much as we can, lead by the Spirit of the Living God, and remain in him. The wording that Paul used are extremely literal. “The promises of God IN HIM are yea.”

While I was writing the Daily Devotionals, which you can find in the Menu Bar above,  there was a pattern that took shape as it relates to the many promises of God that we can find in Proverbs. The pattern is, that if you do “X,” the Father will do “Z.” If you do this then I’ll do that.

Tip: Just Do What He Says!

Every condition in one way or the other relied on the believer’s use of God’s knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and the quality of decision making (to sum it up in only a few words). It was much tougher to actually be “IN HIM” in those days, without having Christ Jesus dwelling in their hearts through the Holy Ghost.

We are certainly without excuse, having that advantage and extreme blessing over those who lived before Christ. What excuse are you willing to give the Father, the day you wind up standing before him, to have received him yet didn’t remain “in Him.”

And yet still, we groan and complain as we don’t have our desires fulfilled by the Father, supposing that his Word isn’t working. Supposing that the problem is the Lord, even though we might not say so outwardly.

We need to be in Christ, doing whatever it takes to stay inside the perfect will of the Lord, and simply follow his instructions as to how to do both. We’ve not been left comfortless! We’ve got the Spirit of the Living God to help us along to stay inside the will of the Lord, and to keep us in Him.

It’s in Him, that we have our strength, our peace, our courage, our authority, our blessings, our life, and fulfillment to the promises that he has given us throughout the entirety of his Word. You’ve head it said that God works in mysterious ways. Haven’t you?

Although this is true, he is extraordinarily clear in many areas. The Father lays out agreements, and it’s on us to fulfill our end, to receive the promises attached. And it doesn’t end with the Father talking to us through the Old Testament either!

Almost everything Jesus taught, there was a cause and effect. If you do this I’ll do that. Ask and you’ll receive, seek and you’ll find, knock and the door will be opened to you. I could go on and on with the conditions that Jesus lays out for us to receive the promises of the Father.

Get in the Word and see for yourself. And before you begin to get annoyed because the Father doesn’t seem to be doing something that he’s promised in his Word, stop for a minute and see whether or not you’re holding up your end of the relationship, or your end of the bargain.

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Conclusion

I hope that you are enjoying these studies into the book of 2 Corinthians! As you can see, even some of the most mundane, or confusing verses, can harbor a deep and spiritual significance when you take the time to receive from the Father, as it relates to a Spirit driven understanding into his Word.

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