II Cor. 6:4-l0
INTRODUCTION: Paul had been careful to do nothing to make
others stumble or discredit the ministry. Spurgeon, "write it
in the sky. I have nothing to hide." Several arguments to
prove that Paul's ministry was blameless.
Vance Havner, "Make Jesus Christ your theme! I have seen
preachers espouse causes and champion movements, and when the
cause died and the movement collapsed, the preacher vanished,
too. But the man who glories in Christ never grows stale."
I. THE WAR HE WAGED. v.4-5 TRIALS
He had been a man of endurance
"Patience" - had not quit when things were tough
"Afflictions" - trials under pressure, when you
are pressed down by circumstances
"Necessities" - every day hardships of life
"Distresses" - a narrow place; experiences that
push us into a corner, where there
is no escape.
"Stripes" - several times
"Imprisonments" - Philippi
"Tumults" - riots
"Labors" - work resulting in weariness
"Watchings" - sleepless nights
"Fastings" - willingly going without food
II. THE WEAPONS HE USED. v.6-7 TOOLS
"Pureness" - morally clean
"Knowledge" - comprehension of God's truth was proper
"Longsuffering" - patience with difficult people;
enables one to avoid retalliation ...
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