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When All's Said and Done (18 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 13:1-14
September 7, 2005
Chapter 13 is the concluding chapter in our study. In our last several lessons, Paul has been defending himself against some in the church who sought to undermine his authority and raise questions about his apostleship. We are reminded of his words in (11:13-15), For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
The Devil will do all he can to plant his workers in a congregation in order to undermine the pastor's authority and turn believers away from the truth. This is his job; and I might add; he is good at what he does.
This evening I want to give you four things:
I. His Warning
II. His Challenge
III. His Prayer
IV. His Farwell
I. HIS WARNING (vv. 1-4, 10)
A. Make necessary corrections
1. Throughout his letter, Paul had admonished the Corinthians for just about everything...from strife and division to backbiting, gossip and open sin. Notice once again the last two verses of chapter 12 (vv. 20, 21).
a. Had Paul not been sensitive to the declining spiritual environment in the Corinthian church, everything he had accomplished and had worked for would have been destroyed. Of course, this was Satan's goal. Sometimes, though never pleasant, the pastor and leadership must address the sin issue--even to the point of removing certain ones from the membership. In 1 Cor. 5:13, we are admonished, "Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
b. To make a personal application here; though we may not be involved in egregious sin; we still need to make certain we keep ourselve ...
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