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First Century Wisdom for Twentieth Century Living (26 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
2 Corinthians 13:5-14
Introduction: An old Russian proverb goes like this:
It is the same with people as it is with donkeys; whoever would hold them fast must get a very good grip on their ears.
Paul has got a very good grip on the Corinthian's ears, and on ours as well. Hopefully we have seen the incredible relevance of Paul's first-century words to our twentieth-century lives. Consider for a moment the subjects we have considered over the course of these past months; giving, grace, spiritual warfare, relationships, suffering, sufficiency, and faith. He has admonished, instructed, indicted, and encouraged. He has affirmed his love for the church.
In case you missed part of this series let me give it to you brief outline form:
Chapters 1-7 deals with suffering, ministry, and godliness.
Chapters 8-9 deals with grace and giving; and
Chapters 10-13 present a defense of Paul's apostolic authority.
As we conclude today we are going to focus on three things; an exam, some practical commands, and finally, some closing applications.
A NECESSARY EXAM (v. 5)
Socrates once aid, "The unexamined life is not worth living."
The subject of test puts most of us on edge. When you stop and think about it, most of life is filled with test. I heard the story of one seminarian who faced his theological exam unprepared. He wrote on the bottom of his paper;
While I was not prepared for this exam I want you to know that I love Jesus with all my heart. I also want you to know that your lectures have been a great blessing to my life.
I am happy to know that you have committed your life to Jesus. I am also delighted to know that my lectures have been such an inspiration in your life. Furthermore I want you to know that in the kingdom of God you will be judged on the basis of grace for which you get an A. H ...
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