A Conduct That Is Commendable by Jerry Vines

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II Corinthians 6:1-10
8/18/85 Dr. Vines
Look at the fourth verse for just a moment as we begin our Bible study today.
Paul says in that verse:
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of
Normally when we refer to a minister or a minister of God we are talking
about someone who is a pastor of a church and who has been called into a
full-time ministry for the Lord. But, there is a sense in the the New
Testament, in which every born again believer is described as a minister of
God. Turn over to the book of Ephesian chapter 4. It think this passage will
make it very apparent that this is true.
Eph. 4:11. There Paul is talking about the spiritual gifts that have
been given to believers and the reason for those gifts.
And he gave some apostles and some prophets and some
evangelists and some pastors and teachers for the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry
for the edifying of the body of Christ.
We will eliminate that comma right after the word, saints, and read it this
way, here's what you get.
For the equiping of the saints for the work of the
Notice there that it is the saints who do the work of the ministry. Every
born again child of God in the New Testament sense of the term, is a
minister, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have a description here in II Cor. 6 of the ministry which every
child of God is supposed to have. To be a servant of the Lords, to be an
ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ, to do the work of the ministry and to be
used of God in serving others and in winning people to faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ. It is Paul's great desire in these verses that he be
appreciated by those he has worked among and that they understand that he has
a responsibility that God's grace will produce in him everything God intends
it to produce. Look at verse 1:
...that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
How can a person receive the grace of God in vain? When you study the Bibleon
the subject of grace you will find out that the grace of God saves us.
"For by grace are ye saved." But the grace of God also works in our lives to
produce those qualities of character that are commendable as a child of God.
In Titus 2:11 and 12 it says:
For the grace of God which bringeth salvation hath
appeared unto all men.
Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly
lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and
godly in this present world.
So, Paul says don't receive the grace of God in vain. Be very sure that you
allow God's grace to work in you and to produce in your daily life those
characteristics of commendable conduct on the part of a born again Christian.
Negatively, he says in verse 3:
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be
not blamed.
In other words, let there be nothing about your life that would cause someone
to say, God's grace hasn't made that person what it ought to ...

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