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A Caution and a Concern (8 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 6:1-10
June 22, 2005
1. In our lesson last week, we talked about Paul's motive for his ministry--why he was willing to endure the things he did. The answer can be summed up in (6:14a), For the love of Christ constraineth us.
a. In other words, the love Christ demonstrated to us by His death on the cross is what motivates us to be faithful. When we feel like quitting, and when we feel like we can hardly go on, then we remember the love of Christ. It causes us to press on.
2. Then, in the first part of chapter five, he talked about our house or tabernacle, referring to the body. In (vs. 1), he said, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." Then in (vs. 2), he goes on to say, "We groan earnestly, desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven."
a. And it's true isn't it? The older we get and the more miles we have traveled, the more we desire to trade in the old for the new. This was Paul's desire, and it is our desire, as well.
3. As we move on into chapter six, Paul expresses his concern about two very important things; first, concerning the gospel message of salvation and those who have heard it, and then secondly, the need for protecting the character of the ministry. With that, let me give you two points this evening:
I. A Caution Regarding the Message
II. A Reminder Concerning the Ministry
I. A CAUTION CONCERNING THE MESSAGE
(VV. 1, 2)
1. Notice the caution in (vs. 1), that they receive not the grace of God in vain. In other words, these are people who have heard the plan of salvation--that Christ died for sinners; they are aware that He is the promised Messiah; now they need to make certain that they have received Him and not turn aside from this wonderful grace...havi ...
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