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“Yes! Uh, No! Uh, Well . . .” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:15-22)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

“Yes! Uh, No! Uh, Well . . .” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:15-22)

We have sometimes heard the statement “God’s promises are YES in Christ!” This is a reference to 2 Corinthians 1:20. But what is the meaning of that statement in its context?

The context is Paul’s decision to either visit or not visit the Corinthians. Humanly speaking, they may have been confused as Paul fluctuated in his thinking about whether to make that trip or not.

But this decision by Paul gives him the opportunity to speak of a God who never fluctuates! God’s faithfulness is shown in the clarity and certainty of the gospel (which Paul preached, vv. 18-19) and the promises which God has made (v. 20).

God’s “YES!” in Christ is for those who have responded to the gospel and have claimed the promises of God. And God’s positive actions towards the believer include the following four elements:

Today’s Challenge: Give thanks for these four actions which God has taken in your life! And stand firm in Him!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2020 in 2 Corinthians 1

 

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The Believer’s Conduct in the World (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:12-14)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

The Believer’s Conduct in the World
(A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:12-14)

1. Our behavior ought to be something to be proud of (v. 12).

2. Our behavior ought to be confirmed by our consciences (v. 12).

3. Our behavior among other believers is critical (v. 12)

>> “with integrity and godly sincerity”

4. We are not to rely on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace (v. 12).

5. We want to be clear in what we communicate with other believers (v. 13).

6. We want other believers to be able to boast of us in the day of the Lord Jesus (v. 14).

Today’s Challenge: Are you and I behaving ourselves in the world? The world is watching us!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2020 in 2 Corinthians 1

 

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