by Jerry Vines

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II Corinthians 7:2-16
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It may come as a surprise to some people that there are times when
Christians have inter-personal problems with one another. If you have been a
Christian for any period of time, you of course, know that this is not
surprising at all. Sometimes even those who know the Lord, those who have
been saved, those who are the children of God have problems and difficulties
in their relationships with other people. Paul was experiencing some problems
with the believers in the church at Corinth. These were the very people Paul
had won to Christ. It was these people to whom Paul had preached the Word and
had just literally given his heart to. Yet, at this point in time, there are
some difficulties and this is the whole reason and basis for the second
letter he has been writing to them. Get the pictures. These are the born
again ones. These are the saints of God. These are those who love the Lord
Jesus Christ and yet they are having some difficulties and problems getting
along with other.
To dwell above with saints we love,
That will indeed be glory.
To live below with saints we know,
Well, that's another story.
That's exactly what Paul is going through with here and we have to learn how
to- sepal with these problems. We learn how as we read these words from the
apostle Paul. In order to get the background of the substance of what Paul is
saying in these verses, we need to understand what the circumstances were.
Paul, you remember, had written a letter to the believers in Corinth because
there was a problem of open sin in their midst. There was a member who was
living in open sin. The thing that was such a concern to Paul was that the
believers in Corinth were really looking over that problem and were refusing
to openly and lovingly and biblically face that problem. Paul had written in
his first letter and had talked to them about it. He had said there was a ...

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