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HOW COMES THE BRIDE
II Corinthians 11:1-4
10/27/85 Dr. Vines
A few years ago when I was pastoring in Mobile, Alabama we were
having an open house for the incoming students of Mobile College. That evening
a young handsome college freshman came up to me and said, "Dr. Vines, I want to
introduce myself to you. I'm one of your grandchildren." He explained to me
that a man I had led to the Lord, who had later been called to preach, had won
him to Christ and really I was his spiritual grandfather. He was expressing a
truth which we know was taught in the Bible. When you lead someone else to
Christ, in a spiritual sense, you become their father. This is what Paul meant
when he wrote the letters to young Timothy. He called Timothy, my own son in
the faith. To lead a person to the Lord Jesus Christ makes you their spiritual
father. When you lead a person to Christ, that means then as their spiritual
father, that you are interested not only in leading them to the Lord, but you
are also vitally concerned about how they grow and how they mature in the
things of the Lord. This is the reason Paul has so much concern and has gone to
such lengths to deal with the problems the believers have in Corinth. Look back
at I Cor. 4:15. There it really explains it and lays it before us in a clear
way. Here's the reason for Paul's great concern for these people in Corinth.
For though ye have ten thousand instructors in
Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ
Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Do you understand what I'm talking about? Paul is saying you have a lot of
people who may teach you the Word, you may have many instructors in Christ but
you have only spiritual father. Paul says I begot you in the gospel when I came
to the city of Corinth. That's why Paul is concerned. Some people have come and
they are trying to corrupt the faith of his young converts. They are trying to
lead them away from the simple th ...
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