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2 Corinthians 4:1-2 “Not so fast”

Oct 22 2018

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 “Not so fast”

Paul’s critics in Corinth believed that his difficulties were an indication that God was not with him and they used those observations to heap insults upon him thinking that it would discourage him but here he writes that it didn’t have that effect upon him. In Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians 4:1-2 he has four answer to of his critics:

1. Vs. 1 “We do not lose heart”: Paul says this to counter the charge that some said that he had become apathetic and fickle in the ministry and that is why he never stayed put in one place.

2. Vs. 2a “Renounced the hidden things of shame”: Paul’s critics were saying that he was a dishonest man using things that furthered his reputation.

3. Vs. 2b “Not walking in craftiness”: Paul said this to counter the charge that he was asking for money not for the saints in Jerusalem but to line his own pockets.

4. Vs. 2c “Nor handling the Word of God deceitfully”: Here Paul writes against the charge that implied that he was diluting the message to support his claim of righteousness by faith in Christ alone.

Paul will tell them twice (first in verse 1 then in verse 16) “Therefore we do not lose heart.” I’m thinking of adopting that verse as the theme to counter all we face in opposition to our living our our life of faith. We are all getting older, facing greater economic uncertainty, health, family and career difficulties by the world’s standards life seems to be on the decline but Paul says “Not so fast” as our hearts are growing closer to Jesus each and every day! “Whom are you proclaiming, not only in your speech but by the way you are living?” And let’s be certain that we understand the question it is not what “theology” but whose life and character is visible in our life?

This has been pastor Dale, blessings!