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II Corinthians

Unto the church of God at Corinth   God will give us comfort through tribulation   Trust in God and not ourselves   Not fleshly wisdom   The day of the Lord Jesus   We stand by faith   Sorrow or gladness   Burdened and with much distress, Paul writes this letter   Where there is no forgiveness Satan can take advantage   We triumph in Jesus Christ   There are many who corrupt, (retail or adulterate), the word of God   Letters written not with ink, but with the Spirit of God   Our ability is of God, and not of ourselves   Ministers of the New Testament   The Spirit gives life   Did Paul use political correctness?   Plainness of speech   Jesus did away with the veil   Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, (or freedom)   The hidden things of dishonesty   If the Gospel be hid, its hid to them that are lost   Preachers are to preach Jesus Christ and not themselves   We are and we are not   The inward man is renewed daily   Our affliction is but for a moment   Things we can see, are temporary   Things we cannot see, are eternal   We have a house not made with hands   To be absent from this flesh body is to be present with the Lord   We walk by faith, not by sight   All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ   How to answer those which glory in appearance only, and not in heart   Christ died and rose again so those that live, should live for Him, and not for themselves   If any man be in Christ, he's a new creature   Ambassadors for Christ   Jesus, who knew no sin, God made sin for us   Don't receive the grace of God in vain   Now, is the day of salvation   Always maintain your dignity   Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers   Paul states, "Ye are the temple of the Living God"   Boldness of speech   Troubles on every side, fightings, and fears   Good news from Titus   Paul talks of how his previous letter made them sad   From sorrow to repentance   Godly sorrow verses worldly sorrow   Paul gives the Corinthians much praise   Paul gives his reason for his previous letter   Paul declares his confidence in the Corinthians   The poor Macedonians and they great generosity   Paul does a little testing of the sincerity of their love   Jesus, being rich, became poor, that we might be rich   A willing mind   No one person should receive ease, at another's burden   Equality   Demonstrate the proof of you love   Sowing and reaping   God loves a cheerful giver   Humble and bold   The weapons of our warfare   Self control, and bringing every thought, in obedience of Christ   A readiness to revenge all disobedience   Paul is the same in real life as he is in his letters   Man cannot approve himself   As a chaste, (or clean and pure), virgin   Beware of those who come preaching another Jesus   Rude in speech but not in knowledge   Paul received no wages for preaching   Paul warns of false apostles   Satan himself, is transformed, (or disguised), as an angel of light   Some of Paul's sufferings as an apostle   Paul states that God knows he doesn't lie   Paul's trip to the third heaven   A thorn in the flesh   For Christ's sake, Paul takes pleasure in the things he suffers   Paul plans a third trip to see the Corinthians   Paul writes of his concerns, of their spiritual state of being   Two or three witnesses   Weakness and Power   Examine yourselves   Do no evil and be honest   How to insure that God will be with you

Unto the church of God at Corinth

2 Cor 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

2 Cor 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

God will give us comfort through tribulation

2 Cor 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort[1];

1 "COMFORT": 3874. paraklesis, par-ak'-lay-sis; from G3870; imploration, hortation, solace:--comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty.

2 Cor 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation[1], that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

1 "TRIBULATION": 2347. thlipsis, thlip'-sis; from G2346; pressure (lit. or fig.):--afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

2 Cor 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation[1] also aboundeth by Christ.

1 "CONSOLATION": 3874. paraklesis, par-ak'-lay-sis; from G3870; imploration, hortation, solace:--comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty.

2 Cor 1:6 And whether we be afflicted[1], it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

1 "AFFLICTED": 2346. thlibo, thlee'-bo; akin to the base of G5147; to crowd (lit. or fig.):--afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble.

2 Cor 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation[1].

1 "CONSOLATION": 3874. paraklesis, par-ak'-lay-sis; from G3870; imploration, hortation, solace:--comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty.

2 Cor 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant[1] of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired[2] even of life:

1 "IGNORANT": 50. agnoeo, ag-no-eh'-o; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G3539; not to know (through lack of information or intelligence); by impl. to ignore (through disinclination):--(be) ignorant (-ly), not know, not understand, unknown.

2 "DESPAIRED": 1820. exaporeomai, ex-ap-or-eh'-om-ahee; mid. from G1537 and G639; to be utterly at a loss, i.e. despond:--(in) despair.

Trust in God and not ourselves

2 Cor 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

Jer 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

2 Cor 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

2 Cor 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Not fleshly wisdom

2 Cor 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

2 Cor 1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;

The day of the Lord Jesus

2 Cor 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2 Cor 1:15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

2 Cor 1:16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.

1 Cor 4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

1 Cor 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

2 Cor 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

2 Cor 1:18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

2 Cor 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

2 Cor 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Cor 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.

We stand by faith

2 Cor 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith[1] ye stand.

1 "FAITH": 4102. pistis, pis'-tis; from G3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; mor. conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), espec. reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstr. constancy in such profession; by extens. the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Sorrow or gladness

2 Cor 2:1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness[1].

1 "HEAVINESS": 3077. lupe, loo'-pay; appar. a prim. word; sadness:--grief, grievous, + grudgingly, heaviness, sorrow.

2 Cor 2:2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

2 Cor 2:3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

Burdened and with much distress, Paul writes this letter

2 Cor 2:4 For out of much affliction[1] and anguish[2] of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

1 "AFFLICTION": 2347. thlipsis, thlip'-sis; from G2346; pressure (lit. or fig.):--afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

2 "ANGUISH": 4928. sunoche, soon-okh-ay'; from G4912; restraint, i.e. (fig.) anxiety:--anguish, distress.

2 Cor 2:5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

2 Cor 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

2 Cor 2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive[1] him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

1 "FORGIVE": 5483. charizomai, khar-id'-zom- ahee; mid. from G5485; to grant as a favor, i.e. gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue:--deliver, (frankly) forgive, (freely) give, grant.

5485. charis, khar'-ece; from G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstr. or concr.; lit., fig. or spiritual; espec. the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude):--acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

2 Cor 2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

2 Cor 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

Where there is no forgiveness Satan can take advantage

2 Cor 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

2 Cor 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices[1].

1 "DEVICES": 3540. noema, no'-ay-mah; from G3539; a perception, i.e. purpose, or (by impl.) the intellect, disposition, itself:--device, mind, thought.

2 Cor 2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

Acts 16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

2 Cor 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.

We triumph in Jesus Christ

2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Cor 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

2 Cor 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

There are many who corrupt,
(retail or adulterate), the word of God

2 Cor 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt[1] the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

1 "CORRUPT": 2585. kapeleuo, kap-ale-yoo'-o; from kapelos (a huckster); to retail, i.e. (by impl.) to adulterate (fig.):--corrupt.

Letters written not with ink, but with the Spirit of God

2 Cor 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

2 Cor 3:2 Ye are our epistle[1] written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

1 "EPISTLE": 1992. epistole, ep-is-tol-ay'; from G1989; a written message:--"epistle", letter.

2 Cor 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.

Exo 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

2 Cor 3:4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

Our ability is of God, and not of ourselves

2 Cor 3:5 Not that we are sufficient[1] of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency[2] is of God;

1 "SUFFICIENT": 2425. hikanos, hik-an-os'; from hiko [ or , akin to G2240] (to arrive): competent (as if coming in season), i.e. ample (in amount) or fit (in character):--able, + content, enough, good, great, large, long (while), many, meet, much, security, sore, sufficient, worthy.

2 "SUFFICIENCY": 2426. hikanotes, hik-an-ot'-ace; from G2425; ability:--sufficiency.

Ministers of the New Testament
The Spirit gives life

2 Cor 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter[1] killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

1 "LETTER": 1121. gramma, gram'-mah; from G1125; a writing, i.e. a letter, note, epistle, book, etc.; plur. learning:--bill, learning, letter, scripture, writing, written.

Words written without the Holy Spirit can kill.

2 Cor 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

Exo 34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

Exo 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

2 Cor 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

2 Cor 3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

2 Cor 3:10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

2 Cor 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

Did Paul use political correctness?
Plainness of speech

2 Cor 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness[1] of speech:

1 "PLAINNESS": 3954. parrhesia, par-rhay-see'-ah; from G3956 and a der. of G4483; all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, publicity; by impl. assurance:--bold (X -ly, -ness, -ness of speech), confidence, X freely, X openly, X plainly (-ness).

It's a good thing for us that Paul's speech wasn't full of political correctness.

Jesus did away with the veil

2 Cor 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

2 Cor 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

2 Cor 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.

2 Cor 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

Isa 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

Isa 25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.

Isa 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there
is liberty, (or freedom)

2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty[1].

1 "LIBERTY": 1657. eleutheria, el-yoo-ther-ee'ah; from G1658; freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly mor. or cer.):--liberty.

1658. eleutheros, el-yoo'-ther-os; prob. from the alt. of G2064; unrestrained (to go at pleasure), i.e. (as a citizen) not a slave (whether freeborn or manumitted), or (gen.) exempt (from obligation or liability):--free (man, woman), at liberty.

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The hidden things of dishonesty

2 Cor 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 Cor 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

If the Gospel be hid, it's hid to them that are lost

2 Cor 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world[1] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

1 "WORLD": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Preachers are to preach Jesus Christ and not themselves

2 Cor 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

2 Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are and we are not

2 Cor 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

2 Cor 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

2 Cor 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

2 Cor 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

2 Cor 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

2 Cor 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Psa 116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

2 Cor 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

2 Cor 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

The inward man is renewed daily

2 Cor 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Our affliction is but for a moment

2 Cor 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal[1] weight of glory;

1 "ETERNAL": 166. aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os; from G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):--eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

Things we can see, are temporary
Things we cannot see, are eternal

2 Cor 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal[1].

1 "ETERNAL": 166. aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os; from G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):--eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

We have a house not made with hands

2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal[1] in the heavens.

1 "ETERNAL": 166. aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os; from G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):--eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

2 Cor 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

2 Cor 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

2 Cor 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

2 Cor 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

To be absent from this flesh
body is to be present with the Lord

2 Cor 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent[1] from the Lord:

1 "ABSENT": 1553. ekdemeo, ed-day-meh'-o; from a comp. of G1537 and G1218; to emigrate, i.e. (fig.) vacate or quit:--be absent.

I believe that the word absent indicates that we were with God before but while we're in flesh bodies we are absent or, (we emigrated), from Him for that duration of time.

We walk by faith, not by sight

2 Cor 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

2 Cor 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

This verse proves that when this flesh body dies, the soul or spirit goes directly to God.

Eccl 3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Eccl 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Eccl 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

2 Cor 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I think the judgment seat of Christ will take place at the same time as the Great White Throne Judgment. I also think it could happen to all at the same time as the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit spoke thru the apostles. All heard it in their own tongue. To me that means different words had to be spoken by the Holy Spirit at the same time. All souls could hear his or her own trial, (judgment), on an individual basis at the same time. If so, it wouldn't take too long and we could go on with business at hand in the Eternity. Or, I guess God could hear each case separately, since time, as we know it, is no more.

Jesus talking: This indicates to me that this is the judgment seat of Christ, and what it will be like.

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Mat 25:42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

2 Cor 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

How to answer those which glory
in appearance only, and not in heart

2 Cor 5:12 For we commend[1] not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

1 "COMMEND": 4921. sunistao, soon-is-tah'-o; or (strengthened) sunistano, soon-is-tan'-o; or sunistemi, soon-is'-tay-mee; from G4862 and G2476 (includ. its collat. forms); to set together, i.e. (by impl.) to introduce (favorably), or (fig.) to exhibit; intrans. to stand near, or (fig.) to constitute:--approve, commend, consist, make, stand (with).

2 Cor 5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

Christ died and rose again so those that
live, should live for Him, and not for themselves

2 Cor 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

2 Cor 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

2 Cor 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

If any man be in Christ, he's a new creature

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Isa 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

2 Cor 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation[1];

1 "RECONCILIATION": 2643. katallage, kat-al-lag-ay'; from G2644; exchange (fig. adjustment), i.e. restoration to (the divine) favor:--atonement, reconciliation (-ing).

2 Cor 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Ambassadors for Christ

2 Cor 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Jesus, who knew no sin, God made sin for us

2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Some claim that Jesus became sin. Me, I believe He became a sacrifice, (the one and only sacrifice), for our sins. Just like in the Old Testament, when, a lamb was sacrificed, did it become sin? No, it was a sacrifice for some person's sins.

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid[1] on him the iniquity of us all.

1 "LAID": 6293. paga', paw-gah'; a prim. root; to impinge, by accident or violence, or (fig.) by importunity:--come (betwixt), cause to entreat, fall (upon), make intercession, intercessor, intreat, lay, light [upon], meet (together), pray, reach, run.

Don't receive the grace of God in vain

2 Cor 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace[1] of God in vain.

1 "GRACE": 5485. charis, khar'-ece; from G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstr. or concr.; lit., fig. or spiritual; espec. the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude):--acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

Now, is the day of salvation

2 Cor 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation[1].)

1 "SALVATION": 4991. soteria, so-tay-ree'-ah; fem. of a der. of G4990 as (prop. abstr.) noun; rescue or safety (phys. or mor.):--deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.

Isa 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

Read Isa. 49:1 thru Isa. 49:26.

Always maintain your dignity

2 Cor 6:3 Giving no offence[1] in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

1 "OFFENCE": 4349. proskope, pros-kop-ay'; from G4350; a stumbling, i.e. (fig. and concr.) occasion of sin:--offence.

2 Cor 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

2 Cor 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

Acts 16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

2 Cor 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

2 Cor 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

2 Cor 6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

2 Cor 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

2 Cor 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

2 Cor 6:11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.

2 Cor 6:12 Ye are not straitened[1] in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.

1 "STRAITENED": 4729. stenochoreo, sten-okh-o-reh'-o; from the same as G4730; to hem in closely, i.e. (fig.) cramp:--distress, straiten.

2 Cor 6:13 Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers

2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally[1] yoked together with unbelievers[2]: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion[3] hath light with darkness?

1 "UNEQUALLY": 2086. heterozugeo, het-er-od-zoog-eh'-o; from a comp. of G2087 and G2218; to yoke up differently, i.e. (fig.) to associate discordantly:--unequally yoke together with.

2 "UNBELIEVERS": 571. apistos, ap'-is-tos; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G4103; (act.) disbelieving, i.e. without Chr. faith (spec. a heathen); (pass.) untrustworthy (person), or incredible (thing):--that believeth not, faithless, incredible thing, infidel, unbeliever (-ing).

3 "COMMUNION": 2842. koinonia, koy-nohn-ee'-ah; from G2844; partnership, i.e. (lit.) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:--(to) communicate (-ation), communion, (contri-), distribution, fellowship.

2844. koinonos, koy-no-nos'; from G2839; a sharer, i.e. associate:--companion, X fellowship, partaker, partner.. koinonos, koy-no-nos'; from G2839; a sharer, i.e. associate:--companion, X fellowship, partaker, partner.

2 Cor 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial[1]? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

1 "BELIAL": 955. Belial, bel-ee'-al; of Heb. or. [H1100]; worthlessness; Belial, as an epithet of Satan:--Belial.

Paul states, "Ye are the temple of the Living God"

2 Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Exo 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

Exo 29:46 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.

Lev 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Isa 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

2 Cor 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

2 Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Cor 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

2 Cor 7:3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.

Boldness of speech

2 Cor 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying[1] of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

1 "GLORYING": 2746. kauchesis, kow'-khay-sis; from G2744; boasting (prop. the act; by impl. the object), in a good or a bad sense:--boasting, whereof I may glory, glorifying, rejoicing.

Troubles on every side, fightings, and fears

2 Cor 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.

Good news from Titus

2 Cor 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

2 Cor 7:7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent[1] mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

1 "FERVENT": 2205. zelos, dzay'-los; from G2204; prop. heat, i.e. (fig.) "zeal" (in a favorable sense, ardor; in an unfavorable one, jealousy, as of a husband [fig. of God], or an enemy, malice):--emulation, envy (-ing), fervent mind, indignation, jealousy, zeal.

2204. zeo, dzeh'-o; a prim. verb; to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids), i.e. (fig.) be fervid (earnest):--be fervent.

Paul talks of how his previous letter made them sad

2 Cor 7:8 For though I made you sorry[1] with a letter, I do not repent[2], though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

1 "SORRY": 3076. lupeo, loo-peh'-o; from G3077; to distress; reflex. or pass. to be sad:--cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow (-ful), be (make) sorry.

2 "REPENT": 3338. metamellomai, met-am-el'-lom-ahee; from G3326 and the mid. of G3199; to care afterwards, i.e. regret:--repent (self).

From sorrow to repentance

2 Cor 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

Godly sorrow verses worldly sorrow

2 Cor 7:10 For godly sorrow[1] worketh repentance to salvation[2] not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

1 "SORROW": 3077. lupe, loo'-pay; appar. a prim. word; sadness:--grief, grievous, + grudgingly, heaviness, sorrow.

2 "SALVATION": 4991. soteria, so-tay-ree'-ah; fem. of a der. of G4990 as (prop. abstr.) noun; rescue or safety (phys. or mor.):--deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.

Paul gives the Corinthians much praise

2 Cor 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Paul gives his reason for his previous letter

2 Cor 7:12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

2 Cor 7:13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.

2 Cor 7:14 For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.

2 Cor 7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

Paul declares his confidence in the Corinthians

2 Cor 7:16 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.

The poor Macedonians and they great generosity

2 Cor 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

2 Cor 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality[1].

1 "LIBERALITY": 572. haplotes, hap-lot'-ace; from G573; singleness, i.e. (subj.) sincerity (without dissimulation or self-seeking), or (obj.) generosity (copious bestowal):--bountifulness, liberal (-ity), simplicity, singleness.

2 Cor 8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

2 Cor 8:4 Praying[1] us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

1 "PRAYING": 1189. deomai, deh'-om-ahee; mid. of G1210; to beg (as binding oneself), i.e. petition:--beseech, pray (to), make request. Comp. G4441.

2 Cor 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

2 Cor 8:6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

2 Cor 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

Paul does a little testing of the sincerity of their love

2 Cor 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness[1] of others, and to prove the sincerity[2] of your love.

1 "FORWARDNESS": 4710. spoude, spoo-day'; from G4692; "speed", i.e. (by impl.) despatch, eagerness, earnestness:--business, (earnest) care (-fulness), diligence forwardness, haste.

2 "SINCERITY": 1103. gnesios, gnay'-see-os; from the same as G1077; legitimate (of birth), i.e. genuine:--own, sincerity, true.

Jesus, being rich, became poor, that we might be rich

2 Cor 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

2 Cor 8:10 And herein I give my advice[1]: for this is expedient[2] for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

1 "ADVICE": 1106. gnome, gno'-may; from G1097; cognition, i.e. (subj.) opinion, or (obj.) resolve (counsel, consent, etc.):--advice, + agree, judgment, mind, purpose, will.

2 "EXPEDIENT": 4851. sumphero, soom-fer'-o; from G4862 and G5342 (includ. its alt.); to bear together (contribute), i.e. (lit.) to collect, or (fig.) to conduce; espec. (neut. part. as noun) advantage:--be better for, bring together, be expedient (for), be good, (be) profit (-able for).

2 Cor 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

A willing mind

2 Cor 8:12 For if there be first a willing[1] mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

1 "WILLING": 4288. prothumia, proth-oo-mee'-ah; from G4289; predisposition, i.e. alacrity:--forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind.

No one person should receive ease, at another's burden
Equality

2 Cor 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

No one person should receive ease, at another's burden. We have an old saying, "Robbing from Peter to pay Paul. I call it Robin Hood Economics.

2 Cor 8:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance[1] may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

1 "ABUNDANCE": 4051. perisseuma, per-is'-syoo-mah; from G4052; a surplus, or superabundance:--abundance, that was left, over and above.

4052. perisseuo, per-is-syoo'-o; from G4053; to superabound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous; also (trans.) to cause to superabound or excel:--(make, more) abound, (have, have more) abundance, (be more) abundant, be the better, enough and to spare, exceed, excel, increase, be left, redound, remain (over and above).

This is a reciprocating agreement. A willing mind on both parts. Giving because one wants to. Not gotten through excess taxation, etc. A governing body should never desire to destroy a willing mind.

2 Cor 8:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

Manna:
Exo 16:18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

2 Cor 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.

2 Cor 8:17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.

2 Cor 8:18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

2 Cor 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

2 Cor 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

2 Cor 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

2 Cor 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.

2 Cor 8:23 Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

Demonstrate the proof of you love

2 Cor 8:24 Wherefore show ye to them, and before the churches, the proof[1] of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.

1 "PROOF": 1732. endeixis, en'-dike-sis; from G1731; indication (abstr.):--declare, evident token, proof.

2 Cor 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous[1] for me to write to you:

1 "SUPERFLUOUS": 4053. perissos, per-is-sos'; from G4012 (in the sense of beyond); superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by impl. excessive; adv. (with H1537) violently; neut. (as noun) preeminence:--exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, vehement [-ly].

2 Cor 9:2 For I know the forwardness[1] of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.

1 "FORWARDNESS": 4288. prothumia, proth-oo-mee'-ah; from G4289; predisposition, i.e. alacrity:--forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind.

2 Cor 9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:

2 Cor 9:4 Lest haply[1] if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed[2] in this same confident boasting.

1 "HAPLY": 3381. mepos, may'-poce; or me pos, may poce; from G3361 and G4458; lest somehow:--lest (by any means, by some means, haply, perhaps).

2 "ASHAMED": 2617. kataischuno, kat-ahee-skhoo'-no; from G2596 and G153; to shame down, i.e. disgrace or (by impl.) put to the blush:--confound, dishonour, (be a-, make a-) shame (-d).

2 Cor 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up before hand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

Sowing and reaping

2 Cor 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly[1] shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

1 "SPARINGLY": 5340. pheidomenos, fi-dom-en'-oce; adv. from part. of G5339; abstemiously, i.e. stingily:--sparingly.

God loves a cheerful giver

2 Cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth[1] in his heart[2], so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

1 "PURPOSETH": 4255. proaireomai, pro-ahee-reh'-om-ahee; from G4253 and G138; to choose for oneself before another thing (prefer), i.e. (by impl.) to propose (intend):--purpose.

2 "HEART": 2588. kardia, kar-dee'-ah; prol. from a prim. kar (Lat. cor, "heart"); the heart, i.e. (fig.) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by anal.) the middle:--(+ broken-) heart (-ed).

2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

2 Cor 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever[1].

1 "EVER": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Psa 112:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

2 Cor 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

2 Cor 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

2 Cor 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

2 Cor 9:13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

2 Cor 9:14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

2 Cor 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Humble and bold

2 Cor 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base[1] among you, but being absent am bold[2] toward you:

1 "BASE": 5011. tapeinos, tap-i-nos'; of uncert. der.; depressed, i.e. (fig.) humiliated (in circumstances or disposition):--base, cast down, humble, of low degree (estate), lowly.

2 "BOLD": 2292. tharrheo, thar-hreh'-o; another form for G2293; to exercise courage:--be bold, X boldly, have confidence, be confident. Comp. G5111.

2 Cor 10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold[1] against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

1 "BOLD": 5111. tolmao, tol-mah'-o; from tolma (boldness; prob. itself from the base of G5056 through the idea of extreme conduct); to venture (obj. or in act; while G2292 is rather subj. or in feeling); by impl. to be courageous:--be bold, boldly, dare, durst.

1 Cor 4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

2 Cor 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

The weapons of our warfare

2 Cor 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal[1], but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

1 "CARNAL": 4559. sarkikos, sar-kee-kos'; from G4561; pertaining to flesh, i.e. (by extens.) bodily, temporal, or (by impl.) animal, unregenerate:--carnal, fleshly.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Self control, and bringing every
thought, in obedience of Christ

2 Cor 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

A readiness to revenge all disobedience

2 Cor 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

2 Cor 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Paul is the same in real life as he is in his letters

2 Cor 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:

2 Cor 10:9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify[1] you by letters.

1 "TERRIFY": 1629. ekphobeo, ek-fob-eh'-o; from G1537 and G5399; to frighten utterly:--terrify.

2 Cor 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty[1] and powerful[2]; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible[3].

1 "WEIGHTY": 926. barus, bar-ooce'; from the same as G922; weighty, i.e. (fig.) burdensome, grave:--grievous, heavy, weightier.

2 "POWERFUL": 2478. ischuros, is-khoo-ros'; from G2479; forcible (lit. or fig.):--boisterous, mighty (-ier), powerful, strong (-er, man), valiant.

3 "CONTEMPTIBLE": 1848. exoutheneo, ex-oo-then-eh'-o; a var. of G1847 and mean. the same:--contemptible, despise, least esteemed, set at nought.

1847. exoudenoo, ex-oo-den-o'-o; from G1537 and a der. of the neut. of G3762; to make utterly nothing of, i.e. despise:--set at nought. See also G1848.

2 Cor 10:11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

In other words, Paul's letters are a true representation of how he is in person.

2 Cor 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Cor 10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

2 Cor 10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

2 Cor 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

2 Cor 10:16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

2 Cor 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Isa 41:16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Man cannot approve himself

2 Cor 10:18 For not he that commendeth[1] himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

1 "COMMENDETH": 4921. sunistao, soon-is-tah'-o; or (strengthened) sunistano, soon-is-tan'-o; or sunistemi, soon-is'-tay-mee; from G4862 and G2476 (includ. its collat. forms); to set together, i.e. (by impl.) to introduce (favorably), or (fig.) to exhibit; intrans. to stand near, or (fig.) to constitute:--approve, commend, consist, make, stand (with).

2 Cor 10:18: Man cannot approve himself. That has to come from God.

2 Cor 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly[1]: and indeed bear with me.

1 "FOLLY": 877. aphrosune, af-ros-oo'-nay; from G878; senselessness, i.e. (euphem.) egotism; (mor.) recklessness:--folly, foolishly (-ness).

As a chaste, (or clean and pure), virgin

2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste[1] virgin to Christ.

1 "CHASTE": 53. hagnos, hag-nos'; from the same as G40; prop. clean, i.e. (fig.) innocent, modest, perfect:--chaste, clean, pure.

Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent[1] beguiled[2] Eve through his subtlety[3], so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

1 "SERPENT": 3789. ophis, of'-is; prob. from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, fig. (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, espec. Satan:--serpent.

2 "BEGUILED": 1818. exapatao, ex-ap-at-ah'-o; from G1537 and G538; to seduce wholly:--beguile, deceive.

3 "SUBTLETY": 3834. panourgia, pan-oorg-ee'-ah; from G3835; adroitness, i.e. (in a bad sense) trickery or sophistry:--(cunning) craftiness, subtilty.

Satan is coming to beguile, (seduce spiritually), us to.

Beware of those who come preaching another Jesus

2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

2 Cor 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.

Rude in speech but not in knowledge

2 Cor 11:6 But though I be rude[1] in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.

1 "RUDE": 2399. idiotes, id-ee-o'-tace; from G2398; a private person, i.e. (by impl.) an ignoramus (comp. "idiot"):--ignorant, rude, unlearned.

Another man in the Bible couldn't talk too well either, but God used him. .... Moses.

Exo 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Paul received no wages for preaching

2 Cor 11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

2 Cor 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

2 Cor 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

Acts 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

2 Cor 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.

2 Cor 11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

2 Cor 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

Paul warns of false apostles

2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Satan himself, is transformed,
(or disguised), as an angel of light

2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed[1] into an angel of light.

1 "TRANSFORMED": 3345. metaschematizo, met-askh-ay-mat-id'-zo; from G3326 and a der. of G4976; to transfigure or disguise; fig. to apply (by accommodation):--transfer, transform (self); to change.

He'll be disguising the Word of God. Through the many modern translations, it's going on now, (in the early 21st. century).

Lam 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

2 Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong[1] delusion[2], that they should believe a lie[3]:

1 "STRONG": 1753. energeia, en-erg'-i-ah; from G1756; efficiency ("energy"):--operation, strong, (effectual) working.

2 "DELUSION": 4106. plane, plan'-ay; fem. of G4108 (as abstr.); obj. fraudulence; subj. a straying from orthodoxy or piety:--deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.

4108. planos, plan'-os; of uncert. affin.; roving (as a tramp), i.e. (by impl.) an impostor or misleader:--deceiver, seducing.

3 "LIE": 5579. pseudos, psyoo'-dos; from G5574; a falsehood:--lie, lying.

5574. pseudomai, psyoo'-dom-ahee; mid. of an appar. prim. verb; to utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood:--falsely, lie. ..... Satan is the imposter.

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer[1], son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

1 "LUCIFER": 1966. heylel, hay-lale'; from H1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star:--lucifer.

2 Cor 11:15 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.

2 Cor 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.

2 Cor 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

2 Cor 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.

2 Cor 11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.

2 Cor 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.

2 Cor 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.

2 Cor 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.

Some of Paul's sufferings as an apostle

2 Cor 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

From here to the end of this chapter we read about some of the things Paul as suffered as it was prophesied to him in Acts 9:16.

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2 Cor 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

Deu 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

2 Cor 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

Beaten:
Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

Stripes:
Acts 16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

Stoned:
Acts 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

Acts 14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Shipwrecked:
Acts 27:41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

2 Cor 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

2 Cor 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

2 Cor 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

2 Cor 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

2 Cor 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

Paul states that God knows he doesn't lie

2 Cor 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore[1], knoweth that I lie not.

1 "EVERMORE": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

2 Cor 11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

2 Cor 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

Acts 9:22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

Acts 9:23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

Acts 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

Acts 9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

Paul's trip to the third heaven

2 Cor 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

2 Cor 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

Here Paul is taken to the future, to the third heavenly age.

Acts 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

2 Cor 12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

2 Cor 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Note, here it's against the law of God, or Jesus, for Paul to reveal things he was witness to, audible as well as visual, but, there was another person taken to heaven and was told to record everything.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Unlike the Apostle Paul, John knew that he was out of the body and in the spirit, and unlike Paul, he's told to write it all down. God has different jobs for different people.

Rev 1:11 Saying, (Jesus talking). I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

2 Cor 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

2 Cor 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

A thorn in the flesh

2 Cor 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn[1] in the flesh, the messenger[2] of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

1 "THORN": 4647. skolops, skol'-ops; perh. from the base of G4628 and G3700; withered at the front, i.e. a point or prickle (fig. a bodily annoyance or disability):--thorn.

2 "MESSENGER": 32. aggelos, ang'-el-os; from aggello [prob. der. from G71; comp. G34] (to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an "angel"; by impl. a pastor:--angel, messenger.

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Had you or I been to heaven would we be able to be quite about it? We'd probably be like the ones describes below.

Mark 7:32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

Mark 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

Mark 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mark 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Mark 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Note, them, plural. Who could not tell of such things? After going to heaven don't you think one would keep it on their mind most all the time? Usually one speaks their mind. God was just making sure Paul didn't speak out of turn. I think there were times Paul would really like to tell about his trip to heaven but with this chastising angel along, he was no doubt quickly reminded not to.

2 Cor 11:1 Would to God, ( or I wish to God), ye could bear with me a little in my folly[1]: and indeed bear with me.

1 "FOLLY": 877. aphrosune, af-ros-oo'-nay; from G878; senselessness, i.e. (euphem.) egotism; (mor.) recklessness:--folly, foolishly (-ness).

I think, with such knowledge that Paul possessed, it would be very easy to develop an ego.

Paul had already been informed that he would suffer many things.

Acts 9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

Acts 9:11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Acts 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

Acts 9:14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

2 Cor 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

For Christ's sake, Paul takes pleasure in the things he suffers

2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities[1], in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses[2] for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

1 "INFIRMITIES": 769. astheneia, as-then'-i-ah; from G772; feebleness (of body or mind); by impl. malady; mor. frailty:--disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness.

2 "DISTRESSES": 4730. stenochoria, sten-okh-o-ree'-ah; from a comp. of G4728 and G5561; narrowness of room, i.e. (fig.) calamity:--anguish, distress.

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

2 Cor 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

2 Cor 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

2 Cor 12:13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.

Paul plans a third trip to see the Corinthians

2 Cor 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Prov 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

2 Cor 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

2 Cor 12:16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile[1].

1 "GUILE": 1388. dolos, dol'-os; from an obs. prim. dello (prob. mean. to decoy; comp. G1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (fig.) wile:--craft, deceit, guile, subtilty.

2 Cor 12:17 Did I make a gain[1] of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?

1 "GAIN": 4122. pleonekteo, pleh-on-ek-teh'-o; from G4123; to be covetous, i.e. (by impl.) to overreach:--get an advantage, defraud, make a gain.

2 Cor 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?

2 Cor 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

Paul writes of his concerns, of their spiritual state of being

2 Cor 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

2 Cor 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Two or three witnesses

2 Cor 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Deu 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

2 Cor 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare[1]:

1 "SPARE": 5339. pheidomai, fi'-dom-ahee; of uncert. affin.; to be chary of, i.e. (subj.) to abstain or (obj.) to treat leniently:--forbear, spare.

2 Cor 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

Weakness and Power

2 Cor 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Examine yourselves

2 Cor 13:5 Examine[1] yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates[2]?

1 "EXAMINE": 3985. peirazo, pi-rad'-zo; from G3984; to test (obj.) i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline:--assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt (-er), try.

3984. peira, pi'-rah; from the base of G4008 (through the idea of piercing); a test, i.e. attempt, experience:--assaying, trial.

2 "REPROBATES": 96. adokimos, ad-ok'-ee-mos; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G1384; unapproved, i.e. rejected; by impl. worthless (lit. or mor.):--castaway, rejected, reprobate.

2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Cor 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

Do no evil and be honest

2 Cor 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

2 Cor 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

2 Cor 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

2 Cor 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

How to insure that God will be with you

2 Cor 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

2 Cor 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

2 Cor 13:13 All the saints salute you.

2 Cor 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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