Giving No Offense in the Ministry
Verse 1 – We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
If a person does not embrace God’s grace and mercy, then it becomes of no use to them – in vain. As believers, we should cherish the grace that God gives, not merely hearing and do nothing.
Verse 2 – For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
When a person hears the Good News of the gospel of Christ, they need to immediately respond. A time will come when it will not be an acceptable time with God. Because we cannot know our future, we have no assurance that we will live another day or even another hour. So, the time of salvation is now!
Verse 3 – We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
As a Christian, don’t ever let your actions cause another to reject Christ.
Verse 4 – But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God; in much patience, in tribulation, in needs, in distress.
Verse 5 – in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;
Verse 6 – by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
Verse 7 – by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
Verse 8 – by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
Verse 9 – as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed;
Verse 10 – as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Whether people praised Paul or condemned him, he stayed faithful. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, we should never lose our faith int he ONE who is always faithful to God and us.
Verse 11 – O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open.
Verse 12 – You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections!
Paul told them that there was no restrictions on his love for them. However, the Corinthians has allowed false teachers in and that in turn caused some to turn against Paul.
Verse 13 – Now in return for the same (I speak as to Children), you also be open.
Paul asked only that they return the love and devoutness to him that he had shown them.
Verse 14 – Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
Paul very strongly urges believers not to enter into a binding relationship with unbelievers. The Christian is always weakened of their commitments to God. Marriages are a disaster when this happens.
Verse 15 – And what accord has Christ with Beliah? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
Beliah is a Hebrew term translated “wicked men” or “perverted men.” There can be no compromise with darkness. In this verse “Beliah” refers to Satan.
Verse 16 – And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people.”
Plain and simple: Don’t pollute your body by hooking up with the devil.
Verse 17 – Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
Verse 18 – “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Al Mighty.”
If you are a Christian, don’t act like the lost, like the world does. Our practices; our standards; our principles, passions, desires, and behavior is to be different according to God. If they are not, then maybe some need to get a good dose of the Holy Ghost and have a new beginning!