1Working together # Or As we work together with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.” 2For He says:
I heard you in an acceptable time,
and I helped you in the day of salvation. #Is 49:8 # Is 49:8
Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. #Is 49:8|NoBook| 55:6Lk 4:19Heb 3:13
The Character of Paul’s Ministry
3We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. 4But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:
by great endurance, by afflictions,
by hardship, by difficulties,
5by beatings, by imprisonments, #Jdg 16:21
by riots, by labors,
by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
6by purity, #2Co 11:3 by knowledge, #Php 3:81Jn 4:8
by patience, #Ex 34:62Tm 3:10 by kindness, #Rm 2:4|NoBook| 3:12|NoBook| 11:22Gl 5:22Eph 2:7Col 3:12Ti 3:4
by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, #1Co 13:1
7by the message of truth, #2Th 2:10
by the power of God; #Mk 5:30Lk 1:35|NoBook| 6:19Ac 19:112Co 13:4Rv 11:17
through weapons of righteousness
on the right hand and the left,
8through glory #1Pt 5:4 and dishonor,
through slander and good report;
as deceivers yet true;
9as unknown yet recognized;
as dying and look — we live;
as being disciplined yet not killed;
10as grieving yet always rejoicing; #Mt 5:4Jn 16:222Co 7:4Php 1:42:17-18|NoBook| 3:1|NoBook| 4:1Col 1:241Th 1:61Pt 1:6-8
as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing yet possessing everything.
11We have spoken openly # Lit Our mouths have been open to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide. 12You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections. 13I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.
Separation to God
14Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? #Mt 13:41 Or what fellowship does light #Jn 12:46 have with darkness? #Mt 6:23 15What agreement does Christ have with Belial? # Or Beliar, a name for the Devil or antichrist in extra-biblical Jewish writings Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? #Gn 31:191Co 8:4 For we # Other mss read you are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said:
I will dwell among them #Jms 4:5
and walk among them,
and I will be their God, #Heb 3:6
and they will be My people. #Lv 26:12 # Lv 26:12; Jr 31:33; 32:38; Ezk 37:26
17Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing,
and I will welcome you. #Is 52:11 # Is 52:11
18I will be a Father #Mt 5:16|NoBook| 11:27Lk 11:13Jn 8:42Eph 5:20 to you,
and you will be sons #Mt 5:9 and daughters to Me,
says the Lord Almighty. #2Sm 7:14Rv 1:8 # 2Sm 7:14; Is 43:6; 49:22; 60:4; Hs 1:10
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