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Flight 2COR1
2 Corinthians 1-13
Skip Heitzig

2 Corinthians 1 (NKJV™)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.
9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead,
10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,
11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
13 For we are not writing any other things to you than what you read or understand. Now I trust you will understand, even to the end
14 (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit--
16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea.
17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No?
18 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us--by me, Silvanus, and Timothy--was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.
20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,
22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.
24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.
2 Corinthians 2 (NKJV™)
1 But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.
2 For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?
3 And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.
5 But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent--not to be too severe.
6 This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man,
7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.
8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.
9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.
10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
2 Corinthians 3 (NKJV™)
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?
2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,
8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.
11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech--
13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.
14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, 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.
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak,
14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 5 (NKJV™)
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 6 (NKJV™)
1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,
5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;
6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed;
10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open.
12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.
13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."
17 Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."
18 "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty."
2 Corinthians 7 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one.
3 I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.
4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
5 For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears.
6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,
7 and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.
8 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while.
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
12 Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.
13 Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
14 For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true.
15 And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
16 Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.
2 Corinthians 8 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:
2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.
3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,
4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well.
7 But as you abound in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us--see that you abound in this grace also.
8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
10 And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago;
11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.
12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened;
14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack--that there may be equality.
15 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."
16 But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
17 For he not only accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, he went to you of his own accord.
18 And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches,
19 and not only that, but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show your ready mind,
20 avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us--
21 providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother whom we have often proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, because of the great confidence which we have in you.
23 If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24 Therefore show to them, and before the churches the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.
2 Corinthians 9 (NKJV™)
1 Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;
2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.
3 Yet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;
4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
9 As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever."
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,
14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 10 (NKJV™)
1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ--who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ's, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ's, even so we are Christ's.
8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed--
9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters.
10 "For his letters," they say, "are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us--a sphere which especially includes you.
14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;
15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men's labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere,
16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's sphere of accomplishment.
17 But "he who glories, let him glory in the LORD."
18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
2 Corinthians 11 (NKJV™)
1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly--and indeed you do bear with me.
2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted--you may well put up with it!
5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles.
6 Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.
7 Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.
9 And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.
10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows!
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
16 I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little.
17 What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
18 Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.
19 For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise!
20 For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face.
21 To our shame, I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold--I speak foolishly--I am bold also.
22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23 Are they ministers of Christ?--I speak as a fool--I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness--
28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
32 In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me;
33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.
2 Corinthians 12 (NKJV™)
1 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord:
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows--
4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.
6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning!
17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you?
18 I urged Titus, and sent our brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
19 Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification.
20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;
21 lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.
2 Corinthians 13 (NKJV™)
1 This will be the third time I am coming to you. "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."
2 I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare--
3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.
4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives 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.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified.
6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.
10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints greet you.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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2 Corinthians 1-13 - The Bible from 30,000 Feet - Skip Heitzig - Flight 2COR1

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The Bible from 30,000 Feet, soaring through the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

Would you turn, in your Bibles, please, to the book of II Corinthians. Boy, we're making good progress. We're in week 44 of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We're in II Corinthians, so we don't have much of the New Testament left. And the books to follow II Corinthians are much shorter.

I don't know how you have imagined Paul the Apostle to be, to look like, to seem in his personality, but I bet you have some idea in your mind of what Paul would have been like to hang out with. Some of you might think that Paul was exacting or austere, aloof, maybe harsh even by some of the things he has done or said. If any of those things fit your personal idea of Paul, you need to think again, and II Corinthians gives you insight into the kind of character that Paul had.

He was far from those things, though he was not afraid of a good fight. He could be feisty. He could be argumentative. What we discover in II Corinthians is just how tenderhearted the man was.

Now, you're familiar with the Bible. I'm speaking here to a group of believers that are Bible students. Some of you are, I would even say, advanced Bible students. In terms of world population, you probably know more of the scriptures than most Christians that live on Earth today. I'm not saying that there aren't scholars who know more than all of us, but if you were just to take what normal average Christians around the world know, you know a lot.

And we've heard so much about Paul, it's easy to turn our minds off and go, here's another fact about Paul the Apostle. Here's another idea about Paul. I've heard that name so often.

And what we have, though, in II Corinthians, is Paul's journal, his personal journal, unedited, unvarnished, and published without his consent for the world, for posterity, to see. And it is a very unique book. It is very different from I Corinthians, different from the other books in the New Testament. It is one of my favorite books in the New Testament. I know you hear me say that a lot about a lot of books, but truly, I feel II Corinthians doesn't get near enough attention.

Most people love I Corinthians. If they know anything about Corinth, it's usually I Corinthians. It's all the problems that church had. It's how Paul dealt with them, corrected them.

But II Corinthians should never be overlooked. If you are a counselor, if you are a compassionate person, you will eat up II Corinthians. There's a lot to deal in this book that deals with those items.

In this journal of Paul, his letter to the Corinthians, we get some very interesting descriptions that Paul gives us of himself-- again, words you wouldn't associate with him. Weak-- I was with you in weakness, he said. Brokenness, humility, humanity-- we see the real Paul behind the scenes as he anguishes over a church that had come to misunderstand him. He founded the church, but by this time that he writes II Corinthians, there was a misunderstanding and gossip and rumor, even about the apostle Paul.

When I talk about brokenness, let me give you a couple examples. In chapter 1, Paul mentions that he was despairing at one point, even of life itself. You didn't picture Paul that way, ready to give up on life. I've despaired even of life.

When we get to chapter 4, he will talk about his past, where he and his other fellow ministry workers were hard-pressed beyond measure. The pressures of life were doing him under. He said, I was perplexed, struck down, but not struck out.

In chapter 6, he'll talk about being persecuted, being in prison, being distressed. And then we get to chapter 12, and Paul will admit that he suffered a physical malady that he calls a thorn, literally a stake, a thorn in the flesh, something that he begged God three times to remove. And God said nope, nope, nope. All three times, God answered in the negative, so Paul had to live with that stake in the flesh until the day he died.

But, he said, what God did tell me is that He gives me all the grace I need to handle that. He said no to my request to get rid of the problem, but God did promise He'll give me the grace to endure the problem.

So he's very open. He's very, even, self-effacing in this book. And so the best title I've ever found for the book of II Corinthians comes in a book that I brought with me called A Heart Open Wide.

I'm not doing this to sell this guy's book. I don't even think he's around anymore. Homer Kent may be around, but he's a commentator.

This is his studies in II Corinthians, but he called it A Heart Opened Wide. It's a good title for this book. It's where Paul opens up his heart, and he even mentions to the Corinthians, we have opened-- I have opened my heart to you. Why don't you open your heart to me?

But I just wanted to share with you something that Homer Kent says about II Corinthians. He said, "Some letters are born out of careful reflection and precise planning. Others spring from deep emotion. The apostle Paul wrote both kinds.

His epistle to the Romans is an example of the former. II Corinthians is a product of the latter. When the apostle penned his second canonical epistle to the Corinthians, he was writing with a mixture of elation and deep concern, of personal defense coupled with generous understanding and praise.

This beautiful letter is the most personal and revealing document we have from Paul's pen for it uncovers the affectionate warmth of the man while at the same time showing the anguish of heart, which he often suffered." So that's Homer Kent's beginning introductory remarks on his very fine commentary on II Corinthians. It is A Heart Opened Wide.

Now, Paul, we know-- little refresher-- originally spent a year and a half, 18 months, in Corinth. It was the longest stay at any of the places where he founded churches, except one that was Ephesus. He stayed there 18 months. He went into the synagogue of the Jews. Shared the gospel.

Lived with a couple we mentioned last week-- Aquila and Priscilla, that cute named couple. They were all tent makers by trade. Paul did that on the side to get finances to support his own ministry. He was also being supported by the churches up in the Macedonia region. They were funding his trip to Corinth.

After a while, he left Aquila and Priscilla and moved next door to the synagogue, where a guy by the name of Justice had a home. He moved in with him. It was convenient. He could just walk across the street, go into the synagogue, share, but things got really rough for him in Corinth. And so he left, and he went to Ephesus.

In Ephesus, he stayed almost three years. From Ephesus, he wrote a letter to Corinth. He wrote at least three letters.

Some even think four letters. There may have even been more letters. It doesn't matter.

He's in Ephesus. Somebody from Corinth by the name of Chloe, somebody from that household, comes and says, Paul, we've got problems back in Corinth. Could you help us?

There are divisions in the church. People are not getting along. They're dividing up into little groups, one against the other like little mini denominations in one church.

Not only that, but some of the instructions you've given us, we haven't completed, and there's a whole host of problems. There's doctrinal issues we have questions about. So he wrote I Corinthians to correct those problems.

At some point after that, while he was an emphasis-- in Ephesus, and emphasizing the truth from Ephesus to the Corinthians, he decided to send Timothy to Ephesus. So get this-- to Corinth. I'm getting it all backwards, sorry.

He's in Ephesus. He writes to Corinth. He decides to send Timothy to Corinth, and later on, Titus to Corinth. So get this-- Corinth has seen the ministry of Paul the Apostle; Timothy, his protege; Titus, also his protege; and Apollos, that incredible orator that is written about in I Corinthians. So they had quite an apostolic lineup.

One of the things Timothy told Paul is that there's yet another problem in Corinth. Some of what you wrote about in the first letter, they've applied. Some of it, not so much. They haven't completed the instructions on that offering that you were taking for the church in Jerusalem.

But the big problem you have, Paul, is there's a new group in town. They've come into the church, a new group of apostles, false apostles. They claim to be from Judea, and they are discrediting everything you say and are about.

They're talking smack about you. They're saying you're insincere, you're a troublemaker, that you write some bold letters, but you're really timid and weak up close. And so believe it or not, these false apostles are managing to turn this church that you started away from you, so that they have become against you because of these false apostles.

So when Paul writes his second letter to the Corinthians, he gets very emotional, and it's sort of a wandering river filled with intrigue and animation. And then it follows a little quiet stream and trickle, and then it gets rambunctious again. So it's kind of a windy African river taking you to a whole bunch of different places, especially emotional places.

Now, Paul wrote this for a couple of reasons. He wrote this for personal reasons because he wants to correct their thinking, but also public reasons, and for them to finish that grace he talked about back in the first letter, the offering he was taking for the church in Jerusalem. There is a flow to this letter, and I'll give you the movements of it. I'll announce it, and then we'll go through the letter itself.

Keep in mind, this-- we're not going deep. We're going long. We're going to finish this book. This is a survey.

So Paul begins with corrections. He's going to correct their thinking about him. He's going to correct their treatment of a brother who had sinned and now needs to be forgiven and brought back in.

So corrections, he gives, followed by some instructions, followed by some exhortations, followed by a collection that he's going to bring this up again. Two chapters on how to take that offering for the church in Jerusalem followed by a vindication. That is, he is going to defend his own ministry, his own style, and his own message. That's how the book flows.

We're going to begin in chapter 1 verse 1 with a few verses and make our way through. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother, to the Church of God, which is at Corinth with all the Saints who are in all Achaea. Achaea is the region. Corinth was in the region of Achaea. We're talking about the area of Greece. It's down from Athens 45 miles, and that region of that peninsula we talked about last week, the Peloponnesian peninsula-- that was called Achaea.

So to all those churches that are around the area, grace to you in peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies, the God of All Comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. This gives us the setup for the book, the introduction. Already he's on a softer note, a softer tone.

He's talking about God's mercy and consolation and comfort, and he reminds these people, as one who has suffered himself, that God never wastes suffering. And because God never wastes it, you should never waste it. You should ask why-- not, Lord, why are you allowing me to go through this? Dumb question because you'll probably never get the answer this side of Heaven.

Better question is what should I get out of this? Don't waste your suffering. God is investing some experience in you. Why?

Because later on, you're going to meet someone who's had a similar experience going through it. You've gone through it. Tell them how you did it. Tell them what you leaned on. Tell them what got you through that.

Somebody who is well-off and never was without employment in their life won't be a great counselor to somebody who has lost a job and needs to pay a house payment. Somebody who has lost a child to death is the best one to sit next to somebody else who has lost a child, a like experience. So one of the reasons we go through it is He comforts us in our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I'm not going to ask a show of hands because every hand would go up if I said, is anybody here presently going through some sort of difficulty or trial? We all are. If we're not, we just did, and if those two aren't true, we're just about to. We're in one of those three categories. We've either come from a trial, we're presently in one, or we're about to enter one.

And so our joy is always being challenged, and here's a benchmark for you. Christian maturity can be measured by what it takes to steal your joy. What would it take to rob you of your joy?

For some people, not much. For some people, just a bad driver cutting them off down the street. They lift up a hand, they put a finger out, and it's not the one way sign or the peace sign. Before that they, were singing a Christian song, a hit on the radio, and they're just in love. Oh, Lord, I love you, then that jerk pulled out in front of me, and I got to show him.

Really? That's all it takes? Your joy went out the window just because of one driver? If you're going to live here for very long, you better get used to it. It's the place where bad drivers from all America congregate in one city.

Getting back to the book, we've come to the first section that I told you about-- corrections. First of all, Paul needs to give them some correction as to why he changed his plans. He gave an itinerary back in I Corinthians of his plans that included visiting Corinth, where he would go first, then go to Corinth, then go later.

His plans have changed. False apostles have seized upon the change of plans to accuse Paul of not being trustworthy. You can't trust him. Look, he tells you he's going to do one thing, but he does something else.

So Paul needs to explain why he changed his plans and how he lives by faith. And God is the ultimate editor in life, and I give Him my plans. I make them, but then God laughs at them and makes His own plans.

The other issue is to correct them, the Corinthians, on how they have treated a brother in the fellowship that needs now to be forgiven. So go down to chapter 2 verse 4. Let's just pick up a couple of verses. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote to you-- that's back in I Corinthians-- with many tears not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love, which I have so abundantly for you.

In that previous letter in the 5th chapter, Paul wrote some pretty harsh things that needed to be written. He said, I've heard about this immoral person in your church, somebody who has committed incest, somebody who has gone to bed and had physical relations with his stepmother. And it to make it worse, Paul said, instead of grieving over that and mourning over that, you brag about it.

You're that weird church that likes to say, we tolerate any kind of behavior. Man, we'll just give you a hug. Even if you live in that openly flagrantly sinful lifestyle, we'll just embrace you and hug you because toleration is our highest virtue.

Paul says, shame on you. And he said, what should happen is you should call that person to account and have them repent of their sin. If they don't repent, you need to put that person out of your midst. Disfellowship that person, not to shun or isolate them for any reason except to awaken his heart to repentance.

Well, apparently, they did that, but it seemed like they did it overboard. They were a little too harsh, for he goes on to say, down in verse 5, but if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent, not to be too severe. This punishment, which was inflicted by the majority, is sufficient. It's enough for such a man. Enough is enough.

You will remember in Luke 17, Jesus said, if your brother sins against you-- you know what you're supposed to do? It says, rebuke him. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him.

Go up to him and say, you sinned against me. That was wrong. Don't be afraid to do that. Confront.

If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. They, it seems, got the first part right. They didn't before. They were tolerating it.

Paul said, shame on you. You've got to do something about this. This said, OK, let's get really nasty and dirty and angry and kick him out, and apparently, it worked.

That disfellowshipping awakened his heart. He turned back to the Lord. He was sorrowful. He was in deep sorrow, and they would not accept nor forgive him.

And so Paul says, enough. This punishment, verse 6, which was inflicted by the majority, is sufficient for such a man, so that on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore, I urge you to reaffirm your love for him-- go down to verse 11-- lest Satan should take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Paul knew there had to be a balance. You reacted, but you overreacted. It worked. It did its duty. That disfellowshipping brought him back.

Now, when he comes back, receive him back. Let him come back into church. None of this folding your arms-- well, I don't know if he's truly repentant, or he just says he is. Jesus said, if your brother asks for forgiveness, if he confesses his sin, you forgive him. You bring him back.

Satan has a plan, a strategy. We're not ignorant of his devices. Let me tell you one of his devices, as seen here-- divide and conquer.

Get church people to argue-- sometimes about important things, but usually about trivial matters, dumb stuff. Get them angry and argumentative over style rather than substance, because if he can do that, if he can divide into camps, into groups, he can get a foothold in a congregation. He always is looking to get a foothold, and often, it comes through the unwillingness to forgive.

I remember a Christian woman who had a very difficult time with an ex-husband. Ex-husband treated her horribly. Rightly, she was grieved. Rightly, she felt defeated and depleted and angry.

But he had become a Christian, but she still had a difficult time. He asked for forgiveness. She had a difficult time giving forgiveness. She goes, how can I love him? Let me tell you what he's done to me.

She said, he is my enemy. He has become my enemy. I said, well, Jesus said love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you. Love them.

She goes on, how do you do that? Jesus never said feel like doing it. You'll never feel like it. You have to act the opposite of what your feelings are telling you. That's obedience.

That's obedience. It's making a choice. In fact, you will blow-- if people are mean to you, and you go out of your way to show love to them, you're going to blow their minds. They're going to look at you very suspiciously, like what's the ulterior motive here?

And like one commentator said, love your enemies. It'll drive them nuts. Try it. You want to really-- that person-- you want to really get to them?

Love them. Lavish your love on them. Buy them a gift. Send them a note of encouragement. It might heal the relationship as you make the first move.

So anyway, he says, enough is enough. Bring them back. We're not ignorant of his devices. Don't give Satan a foothold, which would become a stronghold.

Now, the second section is instruction, or let's call it explanation. In chapters 2 verse 14 to chapter 6 verse 10, Paul explains his ministry. He explains his motive of his ministry. He explains the message that he preaches.

Go to chapter 4 and look at verse 1. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. The ministry that Paul had was not a ministry he sat around one day and said, you know, I'd like to be called into the Christian ministry.

If you recall, this ministry was thrust upon him. He was out to kill, to destroy, to pillage the Christian church. He got an apparition on the road to Damascus.

He said, who are you, Lord? The Lord told him, I'm Jesus. What do you want me to do, Lord? That was his second question.

Ananias, who lived in Damascus, was to give Paul the instructions of his future ministry. The Lord said, this man Paul is going to stand before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel, and I'm going to show him how many things he should suffer for my sake. So Paul recognized, I received this ministry.

I didn't sign up for it on my own. The Lord found me. This is what I'm called to by that Damascus road experience.

Go down to verse 7. But we have this treasure-- the treasury he's speaking about in the verses that are previous to this are the truth of the gospel. We have this treasure in earthen vessels.

That's you, man. That's your body-- an earthen vessel. We have this incredible treasure in clay pots.

Very, very costly treasure. Very simple vessels. It's just us. We carry the gospel message.

That the excellence of the power-- and here's why God wanted to do that. The excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us.

For we are hard pressed on every side. Now, he's going to get very, very honest about his own experiences again. We're hard pressed-- this is his journal-- on every side, yet not crushed.

We are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken. Struck down, but not struck out, literally-- not destroyed. Always carrying about in the body, the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

Now, there's a few things we know about Paul's life. He lists these things, but can you think back to the book of Acts? As soon as he came to know the Lord, we got into trouble at Damascus. They had to let him over a wall in a?

Basket.

Basket, a trash basket. That's the illustrious beginning of the great apostolic ministry of the apostle Paul-- a trash basket. Later on, he went to Lystra.

They took out rocks, threw at him, stoned him. They thought he was dead. Drug him out of the city to bury him.

He goes to Philippi. Starts a riot in Philippi. They drag him to jail, chain him up.

He makes it to Athens, Corinth, goes to Ephesus. A riot in Ephesus broke out in this incredibly large theater, 25,000 people, 25,000 seat theater, that drove Paul away from Ethesus. So wherever he went, trouble followed him, and so he writes about this. We can fit some of those experiences from the book of Acts into it.

Paul worked hard. The ministry wasn't easy for Paul. Now, we think of being an apostle-- go, man, what a great life.

I don't know if anybody actually thinks that. You'd have to be pretty naive, but I imagine there are young believers who go, wow, the apostle Paul. They get stars in their eyes, and they say, well, this guy wrote so much of the Bible. What a life.

People look at the ministry here, and people have said, boy, you're a pastor of such a large church. And they see the large church, but they don't see the years of sorrow, of anguish, of hard labor, of work, of working two jobs to do the ministry in the early years, of the scorn and the ridicule and on and on. Paul worked hard.

Charles Spurgeon, one of my favorite quotes-- I wanted to pull this out. He said, "If you plan to be lazy, there are plenty of avocations in which you will not be wanted. But above all, you are not wanted in the Christian ministry. The man who finds that the ministry is an easy life will also find that it brings a hard death."

Let me give you a little honest insight into ministry. Every month, thousands of ministers quit the ministry. I've read statistics up to 60,000, I don't know, a year, or some crazy amount of ministers just say no to the ministry, and there's reasons why.

They said, number one, the ministry is detrimental to our family. The Christian ministry is detrimental to raising my children and having a good marriage. 85% just said, I'm just tired of dealing with problem people and people's problems, especially who don't want to change. So if you're going to be in ministry, whether you're going to be an apostle or a pastor or interface at all with people, you're going to need to understand that it's not going to be an easy road.

Stuart Briscoe gives some of the best advice for a pastor. He said, the pastor needs the heart of a child, the mind of a scholar, and the hide of a rhinoceros. Now, you will get that eventually. You'll get that third.

You'll always get it. You'll toughen up. Criticisms will toughen you up, but be careful that it doesn't toughen you up too much, that you become impervious to certain things, because you still need the heart of a child.

You need the mind of a scholar. You need to read and study, and you do that, and if you're in the ministry, that's what we do. That's my life. But you need to be sensitive to certain people and certain things at the same time. You just have to let a lot roll off, bounce off.

So these are his credentials in ministry. This is his explanation of that. If I take you down to chapter 5, he continues giving us his motivation for ministry, a couple of them. Number one is he knows what's coming in the future. We know, verse 1, if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Paul always knew that, one day, he'd be home, and this is not home. He knew that Heaven was his home. He talked about it with such reality that, when he wrote to the Philippians, he said, I'm in a straight between two. I'm torn between two realities. I have a desire to be with Christ, which is far better, nevertheless to remain here on Earth as more needful for you as your leader.

He goes, I don't know what I'd really rather have. Should I stay here and minister to you, or should I just go home and be with the Lord? Not that I have a choice, but if I had to pick one, I think I'd pick going home to be with the Lord.

For Paul, it was always the ultimate payoff. It became a motivation for his ministry. A second motivation was the love of Christ. Go down to verse 14-- for the love of Christ compels us because we judge thus, that if one died for all, than all died, and he died for all that those who lived should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them and rose again.

Go down to verse 21. I'm taking you to verse 21 because it is one of the clearest scriptures in the New Testament on substitutionary atonement. It is one of the great summary verses of all. For he made him Jesus-- God made Jesus. He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I recommend that you memorize that verse. It sums up so much. It gives us the doctrine of vicarious atonement, that one's perfect life became a substitute for all of the sinners, that whoever believes in him would not perish, but have everlasting life.

It gives us the doctrine of imputation. God imputed to Jesus our sin. God imputes to us our-- His righteousness, so that by that act, He can justify us. All of that is in this verse.

I'll retranslate this verse a different way. God the Father treated Jesus Christ as if he committed every sin ever committed. The wrath of God fell on Jesus at the cross, and the anguish in the midst of that six-hour transaction on the cross was more than just physical pain and anguish, because he cried out in the middle of it, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

So God treated Jesus like you and I deserve to be treated, so that God could treat us like Jesus deserves to be treated. That's substitutionary atonement. That's imputation, and that's all encapsulated in that verse.

It's akin to Isaiah chapter 53. Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows, and we esteemed him smitten, stricken of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgression, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes, we are healed. Same truth in one verse.

Now, the third section of II Corinthians is exhortation. That takes us from chapter 6 around verse 11 over to chapter 7 verse 16, or the end of chapter 7. The exhortation is about their attitude. Their attitude has changed toward Paul.

Paul was their founder. They loved him. They even had a little small group that postured itself against the followers of Peter and Apollos, and the very super spiritual were of Christ. Some said, we're of Paul.

But since that time, as I mentioned, the church turned on Paul, second guessing his motivation. He's untrustworthy. He's trying to raise money for that church in Jerusalem. He's just trying to get your money.

Because he speaks about generosity like he did back in I Corinthians, he's going to do-- speak even clearer in this section. He's going to exhort them about separating themselves from the world. Go down to verse 11. Oh, Corinthians-- now, here's where that title of Homer Kent's book comes from.

Oh, Corinthians, we have spoken openly to you. Our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affection, your lack of love.

Now, in return for the same, I speak as to children-- you also be open. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? What communion has light with darkness?

What accord has Christ with Belial, another name for Satan? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said.

Primarily, these verses are talking about being separated from false apostles, not being yoked together with these false teachers that bring a false gospel, a different gospel, a very legalistic gospel, saying we're sent from apostles in Judea when they weren't, turning the hearts of the Corinthians away from what Paul taught them. So primarily, these verses about not being unequally yoked have to do with separating from false teachers. However, you can go on to make application in a number of areas.

The illustration comes from the Old Testament. When they would plow a field, when they would do a work, they were told to pick two animals of the same kind, same temperament. So if you were to get animals to plow your field, you wanted to make sure that you got not an ox and a sheep, not an ox and a rabbit, but two oxen roughly the same size, roughly the same temperament. Not one going in one direction, and one going in another direction because they're going to pull the plow, and the last thing you want is two animals going in two different directions.

So you can make application to a number areas of life, like marriage. You want to make sure that when you, as a Christian believer, get married, you find somebody who loves the Lord, who's going in the same direction you are, keeping the same pace you are. You're a Christian woman. You've walked with the Lord 10, 20 years. You're waiting for a husband.

Don't find the guy who came forward at last week's ultra call who, while he's good looking, he's got a warm smile, yes, but you have to pull that plow. You have to serve the Lord throughout a lifetime. Now, granted, he can grow very quickly, but give him time to grow. Make sure that you're equally yoked. That's just common sense.

If you're a farmer, that's common sense. You should apply common sense to a marriage relationship. You should apply common sense to a business relationship.

If you're a believing business person, and you're going to go into partnership with another business person, are you doing it for the right reasons, for the same reasons? Or you both have the same kind of temperament? Is it to the glory of God? You want to ask yourself those questions because you don't want to be pulled apart.

Now, go down to chapter 7 verse 2. He continues along this line to the Corinthians about opening up. Open your hearts to us, he continues.

We have wronged no one. We have corrupted no one. We have cheated no one.

I do not say this to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. Great is my boldness toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.

It seems, in reading between the lines in II Corinthians-- and again, I gave it a fresh read this week. It seems that these false apostles were accusing Paul of not only changing his plans and being untrustworthy, but by being overbearing. He had told him, in the first book, I Corinthians chapter 5, to take that sinning person in their midst and remove them.

I can just hear the false apostles-- what a harsh person Paul is. There's no love in him. There's no toleration and forgiveness in him. What a hard hearted man.

Paul wasn't there to defend himself, so they made up a narrative. They made up motives. Also, because he was taking up a collection, as I said, for that church in Jerusalem-- he's a money grubber.

So Paul finds the need, at several points in this letter, to vindicate his own integrity, mostly toward the end of the book. We'll get to that. Go over to chapter 8.

Now, chapter 8 and 9 gives us the fourth section of this book, and that is the collection. He started taking a collection for the church in Jerusalem. He told the church at Corinth to participate. Churches already around the known world were participating in this collection. And Corinth had sort of started, but then dropped the ball, lagged behind.

And so he says, well, the other churches are a lot poorer than you are, but they have excelled in their giving. So get on the move, man. Finish it up.

Now, this begs the question, why was Paul so keen on raising money for the church in Jerusalem? I mean, it almost sounds weird. It almost sounds like missions in reverse.

Here, the Church of Jerusalem was the original church, sending everybody out. It was the large Jewish conclave, and they sent people all over the place. And now, all those people are said, you better support Jerusalem. It's like foreign missions in reverse.

Well, let me paint the picture quickly. Jerusalem always struggled financially. It was one of their talking points.

There were a group of widows who felt neglected when the daily distribution was going on. The Gentile widows-- or the Greek speaking widows against the Hebrew widows. You remember that story in Acts.

Then because most of the jobs in Jerusalem were related to the temple, and the temple was controlled by the Sadducees, they were the main power in Jerusalem, and the Sadducees did not believe in the doctrine of Resurrection. Now, the message that Jesus has risen from the dead that these Christians are giving out all over Jerusalem didn't sit well with them. So those who were in control of the largest job provider in Jerusalem probably let all of those Christians go, fired them all, so they lost their jobs, number one.

Number two, they had pooled their resources. Remember that early communal living, where they sold their homes, and they made one big money pot for all the believers? So they did that. Now, they're out of money.

Number three, there has been a famine in Judea, and it hit really hard in Jerusalem. In Acts chapter 11, one of the prophets in the New Testament by the name of Agabus predicted a famine in Judea. And the writer of Acts, Luke, says it happened, and it hit Jerusalem hard.

So those three things-- the Christian witness in Jerusalem was waning because people thought, we got to leave. We got to go. And so Paul says, let's take up a collection and support our brothers. So that's the reason for this, and you find it in several epistles.

Chapter 8 verse 1-- moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia-- Macedonia is where he had come from before Corinth-- that in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing.

Now, usually, Paul will say the instruction is we should give-- the amount isn't important, like a fixed amount, as much as the proportion. You give proportionate to how God has blessed you. But in the case of those in Macedonia, they gave not proportionately, but sacrificially beyond their proportion. They were in deep poverty, and the word he uses is they were in extreme need. And yet they desired-- it was their idea to give, so they were very, very generous.

David in the Old Testament followed this principle. He believed that giving to the Lord should cost you something. You should feel it.

When he wanted to buy a threshing floor to build a temple, and he went to the owner named Ornan, and he said, I want to buy your threshing floor, and Ornan said, David, you're going to build a temple for God. You can have it, man. It's my donation. Gift in kind, dude.

David said, no, I'll give you the fair price. Ornan said, no, it's for the Lord. Take it. David said, no, for I will not give anything to the Lord that doesn't cost me something.

I've got to feel it. It's got to cost me. Has to pinch a little bit. Well, those in Macedonia, he's saying, it really, really did.

Verse 7-- but as you abound in everything in faith and speech and knowledge and all diligence, in your love for us, see that you abound in this grace, that is the grace of generous giving. Also go to chapter 9, which covers the same topic. Verse 6-- but this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly nor of necessity, for God loves a cheerful, literally hilarious, giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you that you always, having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. In other words, you won't be able to out give God. God will give back to you so that you can be generous with future projects as well.

Now, I remember when we first started our Bible study in the Lakes Apartments, and somebody said, Skip, this is costing money to rent this facility. Who's paying for it? I said, I am. I'm paying for it personally.

And they said, what about the coffee? I said, well, I brought a coffee maker, and I'm buying the coffee, and different people will make the cookies. And they said, well, do something to collect money to defray the cost of the apartment complex meeting area, as well as the coffee and the cookies. So I said, OK, so I announced, one night, in the back is a Folgers coffee can.

I don't know why Folgers, but I see that red can with that lid and the slit in it. That's what we use. I said, there's a coffee can in the back. If you want to throw in some money to keep the lights on in this little clubhouse and give coffee, great, we'll do it.

Then I remember, when we had grown to about 135 to 145, 150 people, we couldn't fit anymore in that little meeting room. We announced a Sunday morning at the nearby theater. I don't know if any of you go back that far. But when it was time to think about the offering, one of the volunteers said, now are you going to take a formal offering, like you go down the aisle for Sunday morning? Because we have to-- you got to rent the theater now as well as the apartment complex.

I said, no, we've used a coffee can, and that's worked so far. This is just how I was thinking. And he said, well, man, if there's a big crowd, one coffee can, that's-- that'll be a long line. You're going to make it hard for people to give.

I said, OK, let's put two coffee cans. Let's put one on this side, one on that side. So that's how we started, just two Folgers coffee cans, one on each side of the entrance and exit to the theater.

And I remember a pastor, dear brother-- loved him. He's now with the Lord. In town, he pastored a Baptist church. He heard about what I was doing, and he put his arm on my shoulder.

He found me, and he goes, Skip, you're doing it all wrong. You'll never succeed by taking an offering with a coffee can. You need to install a pledge system, where you get people to pledge what they're giving's going to be for the year so that you can set up a budget.

I said, I don't know anything about that. I still really don't know much about that. But I said, no, no, God's been faithful with the coffee can, and so we'll be faithful with two coffee cans.

If I need to put three coffee cans, I'm up for that. We'll expand. Maybe three or four of them.

When we left there and got into a real building like this one, we just sort of kept the coffee can concept. That's what the boxes are around. You notice that we don't take a formal offering.

We do receive your offering, and we suggest that you give generously. But we do it by letting you know where they are, and it's between you and the Lord. You give as the Lord purposes in your heart, and God is able to make all grace abound toward you.

It's good to be reminded of generosity because, typically, in any congregation, there's a few people who are generous, and a large amount who don't give much thought about it. They just receive. They just take in, but they don't-- they're not really a part of it in any way, even financially. In fact, I would say some congregations have a disease. I call it cirrhosis of the giver.

It's a strange disease, and the symptoms are, when it is time to give, the hand, as it goes to the wallet or the purse, becomes paralyzed. It just can't function. It tries, but it's just-- something holds it back. And then that hand gets released when it's time for them to buy something for themselves or a new item comes out or a new movie comes out. Suddenly, they're free to do it.

So Paul just gives great, great advice here, biblical advice. Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly nor of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. Don't be a sad giver. Don't be a mad giver. Be a glad giver.

Go over to chapter 10 verse 1. We come to the last, the final swath of this book, and that is a vindication. Chapters 10 to 12, Paul's apostolic feathers are ruffled. He has to defend himself. He does it quite laboriously in these chapters.

Now, I Paul, myself, am pleading with you, verse 1, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in the presence, am lowly among you, but being absent and bold toward you. But I beg you that, when I am present, I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. Go down to verse 8. For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord has-- the Lord gave us for edification, and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed.

If I have to take you on one on one, I'll do it. If I have to take you on the whole group, I'm ready to do it. So quite a jostling of emotions in this book.

Lest I-- verse 9, lest I seem to terrify you by letters. Look at verse 10. For his letters, they say, are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is contemptible. Here was the rumor.

Paul is big and bold and bad when he writes letters, but get him up close, and he's a weakling. He won't be bold up front. He's very, very timid. Paul says, really? I'm ready to go at it, and I'll have some words for you guys when I see you there next time, especially those false apostles.

Now, it says-- it mentions his bodily appearance. His bodily appearance is weak and contemptible. We don't exactly know what Paul the Apostle looked like.

I've seen pictures of it. I've seen paintings. I've seen Rembrandts-- stately, magnificent, kind of mid height to even tall, commanding presence.

There's only one source that we have as to the physical description of Paul the Apostle. It's an apocryphal source. It is known as the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and there's an account of Paul's physical appearance, the only one we have in history. May be accurate, may be false, but here it is-- a man of little stature, [IN A BAD ACCENT] a wee li'l man.

[NORMAL TONE] Thin haired upon the head. Crooked in the legs. Of good state of body with eyebrows joining. I just blew your whole view-- Paul the unibrow. And nose somewhat hooked.

Short, bald, unibrow, hooked nose, but full of grace, for sometimes, he appeared like a man, and sometimes he had the face of an angel. What's interesting about these accusations against Paul is they do not hesitate to do what they accuse him of doing. They poke fun at him from afar.

They're very bold from afar. Paul says, I'm coming to meet you. We'll have our words then.

If you go over to chapter 11 verse 5-- for I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most imminent apostles, even though I am untrained in speech. You had not a knowledge, but we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things. He talks about his conduct, talks about his suffering down in verses 22 and 23.

I'm going to take you to chapter 12. He says, it is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. He's still vindicating his apostleship. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Remember, he had quite a few of those-- Damascus road, a vision. A vision at Troas-- go to Macedonia and help. He had a vision in Corinth when the Lord said, speak, don't hold your speech. I have many people in the city.

He had a vision in Jerusalem. Jesus appeared to him and said, you're going to go all the way to Rome and give a testimony to me. And also, he had a vision while he was on that boat on the way to Rome in the storm.

Here's another one. I know a man in Christ-- verse 2-- who 14 years ago-- whether in the body, I do not know; whether out of the body, I do not know. God knows such a one was caught up into the third heaven.

Paul, I believe, is speaking about himself. He is using a rabbinical style of writing and speaks of himself in the third person. Very, very common.

He says, and I know such a man-- whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know. Whether I was dead or alive during that time, I couldn't tell. How he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one, I will boast-- in other words, I'm the guy-- yet I, myself, will not boast except in my infirmities.

It is believed that, when he was at Lystra, and they stoned him almost to death, that it caused an eye problem that he suffered with the rest of his life, because he had to write with large letters. He had of some sort of a blindness. He had an inability to focus.

Some speculate that, because of that altercation, that caused problems with his eyes, and some say it was epilepsy. There's a number of things people say was the thorn in the flesh. I have no idea what it was, but it was my guess, this eye problem that was because of that altercation at Lystra.

I'm going to skip a portion because the last section from Chapter 12 verse 13 on are concluding remarks. I'm going to take you to chapter 13 verse 10. We'll close it.

Therefore, I write these things being absent, lest being present, I should use sharpness according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction. Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete.

What an interesting exhortation. "Become complete." One translation might be, grow up, mature, complete your course in the Lord.

Become complete. Be of good comfort. Be of one mind. Live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Now, Paul says that at the end of I Corinthians, the end of II Corinthians, the end of I Thessalonians, and the apostle Peter also says it in one of his letters. So four times in the New Testament, Peter and Paul say, "greet one another with a holy kiss." I get questions about that all the time. It's quite simple.

It was culturally appropriate, when you greet somebody, to greet them by kissing them on the cheek, then on the other cheek, and then typically on the first cheek again. If you go to the Middle East, that's exactly what they still do to this day. It was what the world did. It's what the culture did. It's what everyone did.

Paul is saying, take that from the pagan culture. That's the culturally appropriate greeting. Take that and make it holy.

Do it with meaning. Do it in the Lord. Make it a holy kiss.

Now, I know some men who have looked at that, and they said, there's an attractive girl next to me at church. I want to give her a holy kiss. The Bible says so.

What you're thinking about, dude, is an unholy kiss. The culturally appropriate manner today would be a handshake, a fist bump, or a hug. So we'll leave it at that.

All the Saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And you can say the last word. Amen.

Father, thank you for a gleaning into the church life at Corinth, more than that, into the very heart of the apostle. A man who said, look, I've struggled for years with trials and heartaches-- I've been shipwrecked. I've been beaten. I've been imprisoned. I've distressed, and I've been under pressure.

I've despaired of life. And yet God was gracious, and I want to finish my course with joy. And I want to pour my life out for individuals and for churches.

And, Father, I pray likewise that we would not be daunted by suffering, by trials, by hardships, by heartache, but that we would become complete. We would become mature. We would grow up in the faith in all things and persevere, so that we'll have a testimony, when we are comforted by your spirit, to be able to tell people how we got through it, how we did it.

That those, Lord, who have suffered loss, that those who have endured divorce, that those who have lost someone because of death or are dealing with chronic pain or a disease, would be able to share what secrets they have learned from your heart to build up the body of Christ. In Jesus' name, amen. Let's all stand to our feet.

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We hope you enjoyed this message from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Church. For more resources, visit CalvaryNM.church. Thank you for joining us for this teaching from The Bible from 30,000 Feet.

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We're going back to the beginning in this first flight. Written by Moses and inspired by God Himself, Genesis means origin. From the formation of all created things and the fall of man to the flood and the fallout of man's rebellion, Genesis 1-11 chronicles the beginning of everything. It all starts here.
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This flight takes us through the biographical part of Genesis and God's response to man's rebellion. Four men are prominent in the formation of the nation of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Through this lineage, God would fulfill His promise of salvation for humanity.
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The central event in this flight through Exodus is the redemption of God's people, the Israelites, from their bondage in Egypt. We fly over Egypt and the wilderness where Israel wandered for forty years. The plight of the Israelites, their disobedience, and God's deliverance all foreshadow Jesus Christ.
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The Sinai Peninsula is the backdrop for this flight to Exodus, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments along with detailed instructions for how He was to be worshiped. Miraculous signs of God's absolute power abound, along with the revelation from God that would define Israel's national identity.
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Leviticus describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. We discover how the Israelites were instructed to make atonement for their sin through sacrifice. The overarching theme of this book can be summed up in one word: holiness. After centuries of captivity in Egypt, the Israelites needed a reminder of who God is, His absolute holiness, and how they were to live set apart for Him.
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Numbers contains two censuses of the Hebrew people. The first is of the generation that left Egypt, including how they were organized, their journey in the wilderness, and their refusal to enter the Promised Land. Due to their disobedience, the first generation of Israelites failed to enter the land God had promised; however, God remained faithful by leading a new generation into the Promised Land.
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After forty years of wandering, the Israelites were finally ready to enter the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages Moses gave while the Israelites waited to enter the land. With the key word of this book being covenant, Deuteronomy speaks of the special relationship God established with His people.
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In this flight over the book of Joshua, we get to know its namesake, who shared in all the events since Exodus and held the place of military commander under Moses' leadership. We'll also get a tour of the Promised Land and follow Israel's conquest of Canaan, after which Joshua divided the land among the twelve tribes.
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The Israelites experienced a period of victorious conquests in Canaan after Joshua's death. But as their obedience to God's laws and their faith in God's promises diminished, Israel became entrenched in the sin cycle. God divinely appointed Judges to provide leadership and deliverance during this chaotic time. Sadly, God's people repeatedly did what was right in their own eyes.
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In this flight, we'll see the godly love and courage of two very different women from very different backgrounds. And we'll meet Boaz, who became Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, a type of Christ. Although the book of Ruth is short, it is prophetically important in terms of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Ruth's story of romantic grace places love at the center of each of its four chapters.
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In this flight, we find the nation of Israel in desperate need of direction and leadership. We will meet the man whose good looks, physical stature, and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but Israel's first king had a tragic flaw: pride. From the ashes of King Saul's calamitous reign, God raised up an unlikely man who would become Israel's next king, a man after His own heart.
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David went from shepherding livestock to serving as God's sovereign king in Israel. His faith and obedience assured him military and political victory as one by one he defeated Israel's enemies. In this flight, we both celebrate David's successes and identify with his failures as we get to know this man whom God called, "a man after My own heart."
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After years of being a powerful unified nation under King David, Israel, because of their disobedience, became a divided nation under many different kings. This book reveals a story of good kings and bad kings, true prophets and false prophets, and faithfulness and disobedience to God.
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Despite the many kings who took control of Israel, the nation still lacked true leadership. Second Kings continues the history of a divided Israel, and we see what happens when a nation passes from affluence and influence to poverty and paralysis.
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The book of 1 Chronicles recounts the lineage of King David as well as God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through this man after His own heart. As we see how God fulfilled His promises to David, we discover how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us today.
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After King Solomon's reign and death, the nation of Israel went on a spiritual roller coaster ride that ended with the division of the kingdom and the people's exile. From the temple's building to its decline and destruction, we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint.
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The book of Ezra begins with King Cyrus' decree for the children of Israel to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Ezra tells of two different returns: the first led by Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple, and the second by Ezra to bring reformation to the people. In this flight, we see God's faithfulness in keeping His promise to return His people to their homeland.
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At the end of Ezra, the temple in Jerusalem had been rebuilt and dedicated, but the city walls were still in ruins. After gaining permission from the king of Persia, Nehemiah led a group to repair and rebuild the walls. Though he was met with hostility and conflict, we see how Nehemiah gathered his spiritual strength from God during trialing times.
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4/10/2019
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Esther 1-10
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Esther reads almost like a fairy tale: A Jewish maiden becomes queen of Persia. The villain launches an attack to destroy the Jews. In the end, his plot is thwarted by the hero and the brave maiden, who risks her life to save her people. Though the name of God isn't mentioned once in this short book, we clearly see God's providence and faithfulness in dealing with His people.
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4/24/2019
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Job 1-42
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The book of Job opens in the throne room of heaven with a conversation between God and Satan regarding the faithfulness of a man named Job. God allowed Satan to test Job, and Satan caused Job to lose his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. But in the midst of Job's tragic circumstances, God revealed His sovereignty and faithfulness, and Job's steadfast faith prevailed.
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5/1/2019
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Psalms 1-150
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The book of Psalms is a collection of songs, prayers, and poetry that express the deepest of human emotions. These artistic masterpieces were compiled over a period of roughly 1,000 years from the time of Moses to the time of Ezra and the return from the Babylonian exile. As we fly over the Psalms, we'll see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship—all with one overarching theme: a complete dependence on the love and power of God.
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5/8/2019
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Proverbs 1-31
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Known for the wisdom it contains, the book of Proverbs reveals how to deal with everyday situations. But more than just good advice, it is God's words of wisdom, which we need in order to live righteously. These proverbs are universal principles that apply to all people for all times, because they speak of the character of God and the nature of man—both of which remain constant.
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5/15/2019
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Ecclesiastes 1- 12
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The book of Ecclesiastes records King Solomon's intense search to find meaning and fulfillment in life. In this flight, we discover some significant truths—namely, that all worldly things are empty and that life's pursuits only lead to frustration. After tasting all that this world has to offer, Solomon ultimately concluded that life without God is meaningless.
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5/22/2019
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Song of Solomon 1-8
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The Song of Solomon portrays a moving love story between King Solomon and a shepherdess. The story reveals the intimacy, love, and passion that a bridegroom and his bride share in a marriage relationship. Even more than the fulfillment found in the love between a husband and wife, we'll discover that the spiritual life finds its greatest joy in the love God has for His people and Christ has for His church.
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Isaiah 1-27
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The prophet Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years and spanned the reigns of four kings in Judah. His prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other prophet's. In this first flight over Isaiah, we focus on his prophecies of condemnation that pulled no punches and pointed out Israel's need for God.
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Isaiah 28-66
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Of all the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah is thought by many to be the greatest, in part because of his clear prophecies about the Messiah. In this second flight over his book, we see his continued work and how God used his prophecies of both condemnation and comfort to generate change in the individuals he encountered.
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7/3/2019
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Jeremiah 1-20
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The book of Jeremiah is a series of oracles written in the southern kingdom of Judah over a period of fifty-plus years. It speaks of judgment, the promise of restoration, and the protective hand of God over those He loves. In this flight, we catch a glimpse of the man behind the prophecies as he allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel.
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Jeremiah 21-52; Lamentations 1-5
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The prophet Jeremiah allowed God to speak through him in unusual ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. As we complete our flight over his book, we find the prophet reinvigorated by God's promises as he continued to prophesy Babylon's impending invasions and, ultimately, Judah's captivity. Then our flight continues over the poetic book of Lamentations, which Jeremiah wrote as he wept and grieved over Jerusalem's destruction, ending the book with a prayer for Israel's restoration from captivity.
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Ezekiel 1-48
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Written by Ezekiel the priest, this book takes place during the second Babylonian captivity and documents the fulfillment of several prophecies from previous Old Testament books. In this flight, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through Ezekiel, bringing the nation hope despite their tribulations.
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Daniel 1-8
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Chronologically, the book of Daniel links the time of the kings in 2 Chronicles to the restoration of Jerusalem in the book of Ezra. It begins with the first Babylonian captivity and ends with Daniel's vision of seventy weeks. In it, we witness both prophetic history and the four prophetic visions of Daniel, as well as powerful stories that reveal a faithful man of God who was unwilling to compromise his beliefs.
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Daniel 9-12
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Midway through the book of Daniel, the focus shifts from the historic to the prophetic. Daniel's four prophetic visions reveal the stunning accuracy of biblical prophecy, as well as Daniel's uncompromising faith in God's fulfillment. From the rise and fall of human kingdoms to the Messiah and the day of judgment, Daniel's visions drove him to his knees in fervent prayer for the people of Israel.
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Hosea 1-14
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Hosea prophesied to the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II, and he had a clear message to deliver: Israel had rejected God, so they would be sent into exile and become wanderers in other nations. On this flight, we see a clear parallel between Hosea's adulterous wife—whom God had instructed Hosea to marry—and Israel's unfaithfulness. But even as Hosea endured a rocky marriage, he continued to share God's plan that He would bring His people back to Himself.
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Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Through three ordinary men—Joel, Amos, and Obadiah—God delivered extraordinary messages to His people, warning them against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. On this flight, we witness God's patience and love for Israel, and we see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin.
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Jonah 1-4
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Rather than focusing on prophecy, the book of Jonah narrates a prophet's story. Jonah was blatantly disobedient to God's call, but despite his defiance, God redirected his path through a unique situation. The resulting revival in Nineveh shows us that God's grace reaches beyond the boundaries of Israel to embrace all nations.
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8/28/2019
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Micah 1-7; Nahum 1-3; Habakkuk 1-3
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God used three prophets—Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk—to criticize, comfort, and inspire: Micah encouraged social justice and the authentic worship of God. Nahum prophesied against the Assyrians for returning to their evil practices. And though Habakkuk didn't address Israel directly, his message assured them that evil does not endure forever. Through these prophets, God's people confessed their sins and grew confident in His salvation.
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9/4/2019
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Zephaniah 1-3; Haggai 1-2
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The prophet Zephaniah addressed the social injustice and moral decay of Judah and her neighbors, proclaiming the coming day of the Lord and His wrath upon the nations—both an immediate judgment and a future end-times judgment. God sent Haggai the prophet to preach to the restored community of Jews in Jerusalem after their return from exile in Babylonia. Haggai encouraged the nation to set aside their selfishness and finish rebuilding the temple, an act of obedience that would align their desire with God's desire.
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9/18/2019
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Zechariah 1-14; Malachi 1-4
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As we fly over the last books of the Old Testament, we first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple when Zechariah encouraged Israel to anticipate their ultimate deliverance and the Messiah's future reign. One hundred years after the temple was rebuilt, the book of Malachi revealed that God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. Malachi declared God's promise of a coming messenger, John the Baptist, and a coming Messiah.
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Intertestamental Period
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In between the Old and New Testaments lies 400 years of history. During this intertestamental period, God chose not to speak to His people through prophets as He orchestrated people, politics, and events in preparation of the coming Messiah. Scholars have come to call these four centuries the silent years. Remarkably, the silence would be broken by a newborn baby's cry in Bethlehem.
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10/9/2019
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Matthew 1-28; Mark 1-16; Luke 1-24
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These three Synoptic Gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. Matthew, Mark, and Luke present Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the Son of Man, respectively. On this flight, we'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of Jesus as we witness the fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies.
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John 1-21
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The spiritual depth of John sets it apart from the other Gospels, with one-third of its content dedicated to the last week of Jesus' life. Rather than focusing on what Jesus did, John focused on who Jesus is, presenting Him as God incarnate and highlighting His deity. On this flight, we'll see seven miraculous signs of Jesus, as well as seven statements that He used to identify Himself as God.
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Acts 1-28
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The book of Acts presents the history of a dynamic, growing community of believers that started in Jerusalem and went on to spread the gospel throughout the known world. In this book, the gospel writer Luke also recorded how the early church received the Holy Spirit, who enabled them to witness, love, and serve with boldness and courage, even when faced with persecution.
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Romans 1-16
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The book of Romans is the apostle Paul's letter to the church in Rome, and it focuses on God's plan of salvation for all humankind. Romans is the most systematic of Paul's letters, reading more like an elaborate theological essay rather than a letter. On this flight, we look at Paul's strong emphasis on Christian doctrine as well as his concern for Israel.
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1 Corinthians 1-16
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In 1 Corinthians, Paul confronted the problems that had infiltrated the influential church at Corinth and defended his position as an apostle of Christ. He later rejoiced over their repentance and acceptance of his God-given authority. On this flight, we discover the power of a new life in Jesus as we see how Paul shared the heart of the gospel with his fellow believers.
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Galatians 1-6
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Galatians is a firm statement of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. When Paul wrote this letter, the false doctrine of legalism and faith by works had infiltrated the church throughout Galatia. As a result, believers had traded their freedom in Christ for bondage to the old Jewish law that had been fulfilled by Jesus. On this flight, we discover the differences between law and grace as well as the practical application and results of the proper doctrine of grace.
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