2 Corinthians 4:2-3
Handling the Word of God!
Paul recognized the power of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, he knew it
stood on its own and that nothing needed to be added to it!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for
the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the
righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The
just shall live by faith.”
Paul also realized that not everyone would
understand the message of the cross. Paul both knew and he observed the effects
of the message of Jesus Christ; he saw how some accepted that message and he
also saw just the opposite. Paul saw those that
unfortunately rejected the gospel message.
For the message of the cross is
foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the
power of God.
The Apostle presented the gospel message straight forward as it is; he
didn't sugar coat the gospel message or water it down, as some preachers do
today. Paul never used the gospel message to further his own ends or to get
rich as some preachers do today. Paul was very clear in his delivery of the
message, he didn't tickle the ears of the listeners as some do today. Paul was
very careful with how he handled the gospel message because he knew the power
that te message had. He knew the message stood on its own merits and needed no
help from man. Paul glorified Jesus in how he handled the message and in how
careful he was in his delivery.
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,
We need more preachers like Paul today,
and less of the ear ticklers.
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2 Corinthians 2:14-15
A Fragrant Aroma!
God is always
with us and God will never leave us! When you add to this...
No weapon formed against you shall
And every tongue which
rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the
heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is
Says the Lord.
We start to lose our fear of man, and begin to rely upon, depend upon
our Lord and little by little the confidence builds.
I can do all things through Christ who
When we become totally submissive to the Lord, totally dependent upon
Him, we become conquerors...
Yet in all these things we are more
than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Nothing can stop us, because nothing can stop the Lord...
You are of God, little children, and
have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the
We overcome the world and then the Lord disperses us as a fragrance. We
become the light in a darkened world. As we spread the gospel message more hear
the word and more accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior, we become a
fragrance that continues to spread.
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.
How do you smell?