An Unequal Yoke (9 of 17) by Daniel Rodgers

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An Unequal Yoke (9 of 17)
Dan Rodgers
II Corinthians 6:11-18
June 29, 2005


1. In our lesson last week, our message was entitled, A Caution and A Concern. Paul's caution or warning, was for those who had heard the gospel and had not truly received it...there was the danger of having believed in vain: In (vs. 1), he said, "...that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." He exhorted them to take advantage of the opportunity God had given them. He said in (vs. 2b), "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

2. Then, his concern was that all ministers and all believers would realize the importance of protecting the character of the ministry: "giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed."

3. Our lesson this evening has to do with separation from Unbelievers (vs. 14). Jesus said in James 4:4, Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

4. Let me give you a simply outline this evening:

I. Paul's Argument
II. God's Command


Before we get into his discussion as to why one should not fellowship with unbelievers, notice his comments in (vv. 11-13), O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. [12] Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. [13] Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

Paul said, "Our mouth is opened unto you." In other words, "we have spoken unto you the words of truth--we have held nothing back."

The words "Our heart is enlarged," simply mean Paul loved them; but, they did not love him back in the same way. He said, "You are straitened in your own bowels." The word straitened means to be restricted or closed. He encouraged them to open up their hearts: "Be ye also enlarge ...

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