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Paul's Appear for Understanding (10 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 7:1-16
July 7, 2005
1. In our last lesson we had concluded chapter 6 with Paul's discussion concerning separation from unbelievers. In (vs. 14), he said, Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2. In (vs. 17,) we are told "come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you...which leads to the promise in (vs. 18), And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
a. Isn't it an amazing thing that we can be a child of God? In 1 John 3:1, the Apostle John declared; What manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." Aren't you glad tonight, that you are one of His children?
3. Beginning in chapter 7, Paul writes; because we are "His sons and daughters," we are to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh, and we are to perfect holiness in the fear of God.
a. It should go without saying, if we are God's children, then we are to strive to be as much like God as we can--we are His spiritual offspring. In 1 Peter 1:16. the Lord said, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
b. By the way, as you may be aware, chapter and verse separations are not in the original manuscripts; they were added by the translators. In my opinion, verse one of chapter seven, should follow verse eighteen of chapter six. It seems a logical conclusion to what he has been discussing in chapter six. It really doesn't fit with the subject matter we will see as we move on into the next chapter.
4. Having said that, let me give you three brief points to our outline this evening, as we consider the message; Paul's Appeal for Understanding:
I. His Appeal
II. Hi ...
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