Mark 16:20; 1 Cor. 3:9; [Acts 15:4] Working together with him, then, #ch. 5:20 we appeal to you #[Heb. 12:15]not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,
# Cited from Isa. 49:8 “In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, #[Ps. 32:6; 69:13; Isa. 55:6; Heb. 3:13] now is the #[Luke 4:19]favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3We #See 1 Cor. 8:13; 9:12put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but #[1 Thess. 3:2; 2 Tim. 2:24, 25]; See ch. 3:6 as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: #ch. 12:12; 2 Tim. 3:10 by great endurance, #Acts 9:16 in afflictions, #ch. 12:10hardships, calamities, 5#ch. 11:23-27; Acts 16:23 beatings, imprisonments, #Acts 17:5riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6#1 Thess. 2:10 by purity, #ch. 11:6 knowledge, patience, kindness, #Rom. 15:19; 1 Thess. 1:5 the Holy Spirit, #Rom. 12:9; [James 3:17]genuine love; 7by #Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5 truthful speech, and #See 1 Cor. 2:5 the power of God; with #ch. 10:4; Eph. 6:11-17the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8through honor and dishonor, #Rom. 3:8through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and #[ch. 11:6] yet well known; #See ch. 4:10 as dying, and behold, we live; #Ps. 118:18as punished, and yet not killed; 10#John 16:22; [ch. 7:4] as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; #[ch. 8:9; Prov. 13:7; 1 Cor. 1:5] as poor, yet making many rich; #Acts 3:6 as having nothing, #1 Cor. 7:30yet possessing everything.
11We have spoken freely to you,#6:11 Greek Our mouth is open to you Corinthians; #ch. 7:3; [ch. 11:11; 12:15; Ps. 119:32]our heart is wide open. 12You are not restricted by us, but #ch. 7:2you are restricted in your own affections. 13#[Gal. 4:12] In return (I speak #1 Cor. 4:14as to children) widen your hearts also.
The Temple of the Living God
Deut. 7:3; Josh. 23:12; Ezra 9:2; Neh. 13:25; [1 Cor. 7:39] Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For #Eph. 5:7, 11; 1 John 1:6 what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or #See Acts 26:18what fellowship has light with darkness? 15#[1 Cor. 10:21]What accord has Christ with Belial?#6:15 Greek Beliar Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For #[Eph. 2:22]; See 1 Cor. 3:16 we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
# Cited from Lev. 26:12; See Ex. 29:45 “I will make my dwelling among them and #[Rev. 2:1; 21:3] walk among them,
and #Ex. 6:7; Jer. 31:33; Ezek. 11:20I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17Therefore #Cited from Isa. 52:11; [ch. 7:1; Ezek. 20:34, 41; Zeph. 3:20; Rev. 18:4]go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 # [Ex. 4:22; 2 Sam. 7:8, 14; Isa. 43:6; Jer. 31:9; Hos. 1:10; Rev. 21:7] and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”