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2 Corinthians 6.1

 

A fascinating passage in this Pauline epistle is Chapter 6 verse 1. “And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”  Very simply the context in which this is written is, the Greek believers in Corinth are struggling with what is acceptable behavior.  They have come to accept some blatantly wayward, fleshly concepts, that are unacceptable to God.  Just as in the church today, as time goes by the habits and culture of this world start to seep into the church.  Pre-marital sex, adulteries, pride, arrogance about the forgiveness of sin, grace being abused, alcohol being abused, tolerance for sin in general is rampant.  Paul addresses each issue and the pleads with the Church to be reconciled to God, to be brought back into harmony with God in His holiness, and purity.    2 Cor. 5.17 ” If any one is in Christ he is a new creation, the old things have passed away. behold all things are new.”  2 Cor.5.21 For ” He made Him who new no sin, to be sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

We, who are believers, are new creatures. and are made righteous, which includes holiness, and purity.  Then Paul declares that He is in partnership with Jehovah, the Creator and King of the Universe, working together with Him, and as we are being brought back into harmony with God: A. it is a privilege to be a part of God’s kingdom, “We are new creations,”  B. it is by desire to please Him that we serve completely, we are not along for the ride but on the team, C.  with integrity, and holiness we never discredit the ministry.

As believers in the Messiah of Israel, we are plugged into God’s grace, filled with His love, led by the Holy Spirit, sensitive to His leading, in communion with Him daily, and fed by His Word.

Galations 3.3 “Are you so foolish, having begun by the Spirit are you now being perfected by the flesh?”   I don’t think so, but let us be on guard to be aware that the world and the satan are constantly trying to infiltrate, deceive, confuse, and disrupt our lives both at home and in the church.  Ephesians 6.10 “Finally brethern be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might,” in this new Year.

With Love, Karl