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Marks of the Ministry
1We then, as #1 Cor. 3:9workers together with Him also #2 Cor. 5:20plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For He says:
#Is. 49:8“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#Rom. 14:13We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4But in all things we commend ourselves #1 Cor. 4:1as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5#2 Cor. 11:23in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7#2 Cor. 7:14by the word of truth, by #1 Cor. 2:4the power of God, by #Rom. 13:12; 2 Cor. 10:4the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9as unknown, and #2 Cor. 4:2; 5:11yet well known; #1 Cor. 4:9, 11as dying, and behold we live; #Ps. 118:18as chastened, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many #1 Cor. 1:5; (2 Cor. 8:9)rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Be Holy
11O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, #Is. 60:5; 2 Cor. 7:3our heart is wide open. 12You are not restricted by us, but #2 Cor. 12:15you are restricted by your own affections. 13Now in return for the same #1 Cor. 4:14(I speak as to children), you also be open.
14#Deut. 7:2, 3; 22:10; 1 Cor. 5:9Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For #1 Sam. 5:2, 3; 1 Kin. 18:21; Eph. 5:6, 7, 11; 1 John 1:6what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For #(1 Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:19); Eph. 2:21; (Heb. 3:6)you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
#Ex. 29:45; Lev. 26:12; Jer. 31:33; 32:38; Ezek. 37:26, 27; Zech. 8:8“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
17Therefore
#Num. 33:51–56; Is. 52:11; Rev. 18:4“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18“I #2 Sam. 7:14; Jer. 31:1, 9; (Rev. 21:7)will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My #(John 1:12; Rom. 8:14; Gal. 4:5–7); Phil. 2:15; 1 John 3:1sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”