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28 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #40)

2 Corinthians (Program #40) – The Minister’s of the New Covenant (13)

2 Corinthians chapter seven is very unique in the New Testament. It’s hard to find even a thread of teaching or doctrine in this chapter. But rather we are allowed into Paul’s heart to touch the deep and intimate feelings that he has regarding the believers in Corinth.

7: 3…”you are in our hearts...”
7:4… “I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our affliction.”

This is the apostle, fully restoring and fully reconciling those whom he had previously rebuke for their many failures and sins in his first epistle to the Corinthian church.

Although we may only see his tender emotional feelings been expressed here. Under all is his strong desire for the church in Corinth even all the believers and the entire body of Christ to be brought up to the standard that he revealed in another of his epistle, Ephesians. Ephesians 4:16

16 “..all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.”

To see this link between 2 Corinthians 7 and God’s eternal purpose in Ephesians is rare glimpse into the depth of the riches in God’s word.

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27 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #39)

2 Corinthians (Program #39) – The Minister’s of the New Covenant (12)

The book of 2 Corinthians is the book of the New Testament that’s not that well known, not frequently quoted and not really that well understood. One passage however that is familiar to most believers is found in chapter 6 in verse 14, where Paul tells the Corinthians,  “Do not become dissimilarly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

It’s good to consider this verse in any context but better is to consider it in the context to which it was delivered to us in the divine revelation.

Here 2 Corinthians chapter 6 is in the context of the New Testament Ministry, the ministry of reconciliation, the ministry where Paul under his commission by the Lord charges the believers in Corinth to be fully reconciled to God.

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23 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #35)

2 Corinthians (Program #35) – A New Creation in Christ Becoming God’s Righteousness (2)

The New Testament Ministry described in the epistles of Paul is characterized as the ministry of reconciliation and the ministry of the Spirit. While the Old Testament Ministry is called the ministry of death and the ministry of the letter.

The apostle according to 2 Corinthians chapter 5 and ultimately the believers as well become ambassadors of this New Covenant ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians  5:20, “On behalf of Christ then we are ambassadors, as God entreats you through us; we beseech you on behalf of Christ, Be reconciled to God.

What is it to be fully reconcile to God according to this verse?  We will explore the New Testament ministry of reconciliation today.

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22 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #34)

2 Corinthians (Program #34) – A New Creation in Christ Becoming God’s Righteousness (1)

By the end of chapter 4 in 2 Corinthians the apostle Paul was very matured in the Christian life. His being has been largely transformed to the extend that regardless of his outward circumstances he remained in the peace and rest of the Lord’s presence. Realizing that through the Spirit within him God was working through all things to form him and shape him according to His eternal plan.

Listen to his testimony in verse 16 and 17,  “Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For our momentary lightness of affliction works out for us, more and more surpassingly, an eternal weight of glory,

Surely this is the testimony of one who is longing to meet the Lord. Yet one thing remain in Paul’s spiritual journey is, as we will see in 2 Corinthians chapter 5, his longing to have his earthly body or tabernacle replaced with a heavenly one.

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21 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #33)

2 Corinthians (Program #33) – The Putting to Death of Jesus and the Renewing of the Inward Man (3)

2 Corinthians 4:10 says,  “Always bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”  Then in verse 16, the apostle Paul goes on to say “Therefore we do not lose heart; but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

The experience of the putting to death of Jesus results in the renewing of the inner man.  We are going to look at the putting to death of Jesus and what it means on today’s life study on 2 Corinthians.

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20 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #32)

2 Corinthians (Program #32) – The Putting to Death of Jesus and the Renewing of the Inward Man (1 & 2)

The putting to death of Jesus and the renewing of the inward man, these are phrases from the apostle Paul that are found in 2 Corinthians chapter 4. We are continuing today with our life study of 2 Corinthians. And we are dealing with a very experiential chapter.

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19 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #31)

2 Corinthians (Program #31) – The Manifestation of Life Through the Killing of the Cross (2)

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4:1 “Therefore having this ministry as we have been shown mercy, we do not lose heart;

What is this ministry described in 2 Corinthians 4:1?

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18 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #30)

2 Corinthians (Program #30) – The Manifestation of Life Through the Killing of the Cross (1)

What kind of life did the apostles have in the New Testament?   The apostle Paul described it in 2 Corinthians chapter 4.  We are going to discuss that life in today’s life study program.

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17 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #29)

2 Corinthians (Program #29) – The Minister and the Ministry Becoming One

What is the difference between the New Testament Minister and the New Testament Ministry? According what we see so often today there is apparently a discrepancy. But according to the revelation of 2 Corinthians, they are actually the same.

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16 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #28)

2 Corinthians (Program #28) – The Ministry of the Spirit as the Life Supply, and of Righteousness as God’s Expression (1)

What is the ministry of the Spirit that is described in 2 Corinthians 3:8?   To best to understand this we need to consider some key verses from Romans Chapter 8.

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