Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000413
00:15 Hi, and welcome to His Words Are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer and today we are going to be reading
00:21 some of the things that Paul was writing to the Corinthians.
00:24 about why he, himself, was a servant of Christ,
00:28 and how he tried to make that service to their benefit.
00:32 I think sometimes when I sit down to read the bible,
00:35 when we come together, I talk about how that the Word of God
00:38 can be hope and life and comfort to us,
00:41 and I know that, that is always true, but the end result
00:45 is not just to draw us closer to God for our own edification
00:50 but so that we can be a blessing to others and so today,
00:52 as we read these words from Paul, perhaps God will use
00:55 them to show us how each of us wherever we are can go out and
00:59 serve better and serve more selflessly as Paul is writing
01:04 here. Let's pray together. Dear God, Thank you so much
01:07 for these words and thank you for sending us the Holy Spirit
01:11 to help us to understand them, both to be thankful
01:16 for the example that Paul set for us all those years ago
01:19 but also give us a, as we listen today, ears that can hear these
01:25 words as an instruction to us. And open our minds to ways that
01:31 we could put them into practice and be used by You to build up
01:34 Your family that is living today in our neighborhood,
01:38 in our home and in our churches. We love you so much Jesus,
01:42 and thank you. Amen.
01:43 I am reading from the King James version and this is
01:46 2nd Corinthians, chapter 5, starting with verse eleven.
01:51 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;
01:56 but we are made manifest unto God and I trust also are made
02:00 manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves
02:03 again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf,
02:08 that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory
02:11 in appearance and not in heart. For whether we be beside
02:15 ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober,
02:19 it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us;
02:23 because we thus judge, that if one died for all,
02:27 then were all dead: And that he died for all,
02:30 that they which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves,
02:34 but unto Him which died for them and rose again.
02:38 Wherefore, henceforth know we no man after the flesh.
02:42 Yea, thought we had known Christ after the flesh, yet now
02:46 henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in
02:51 Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away
02:55 and behold all things are become new. And all things are of God,
02:59 who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given
03:03 to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit that God
03:08 was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
03:11 not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
03:16 unto us the word of reconciliation.
03:19 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
03:24 beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead,
03:28 be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us,
03:33 who knew no sin; that we might be made
03:36 the righteousness of God in him.
03:38 I am reading from II Corinthians beginning now with Chapter six.
03:42 We then as workers together with him, beseech you also
03:48 that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
03:51 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the
03:55 day of salvation have I succored thee:
03:58 behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of
04:02 salvation. Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry
04:06 be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the
04:11 ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions,
04:15 in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments,
04:21 in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,
04:25 by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness,
04:31 by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth,
04:37 by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness
04:40 on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour,
04:44 by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
04:48 as unknown and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live;
04:55 as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
05:01 as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet
05:08 possessing all things. O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open
05:13 unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us,
05:17 But ye are straitened in your own bowels.
05:20 Now for a recompense in the same I speak as unto my children,
05:25 be ye also enlarged. Be ye not unequally yoked together with
05:30 unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness
05:32 with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light
05:35 with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
05:39 or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
05:43 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
05:46 for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
05:51 I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God
05:57 and they shall be my people, Wherefore come out from among
06:01 them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not
06:04 the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
06:06 and will be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and
06:10 daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
06:12 2nd Corinthians chapter seven. Having therefore these promises,
06:17 dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness
06:21 of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness
06:24 in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man,
06:28 we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
06:31 I speak not this to condemn you for I have said before,
06:35 and ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
06:38 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying
06:43 of you. I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful
06:47 in all our tribulation. For when we were come into Macedonia,
06:51 our flesh had no rest but we were troubled on every side;
06:54 without were fightings, within were fears,
06:57 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast
07:02 down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
07:06 and not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith
07:10 he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire,
07:14 your mourning, your fervent mind toward me;
07:17 so that I rejoiced the more. For though I made you sorry with a
07:21 letter, I do not repent, though I did repent:
07:24 for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry,
07:28 though it were but for a season. And now I rejoice,
07:32 not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed
07:35 to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner,
07:39 that ye might receive damage by us in nothing,
07:42 for godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation
07:46 not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world
07:50 worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed
07:54 after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you,
07:59 yea, what clearing of yourselves yea, what indignation,
08:03 yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal,
08:08 yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves
08:12 to be clear in this matter. Wherefore, though I wrote
08:16 unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong,
08:19 nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you
08:24 in the sight of God might appear unto you.
08:26 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort:
08:30 yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus,
08:34 because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
08:37 For if I had boasted in anything to him of you, I am not ashamed.
08:42 but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so
08:46 our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.
08:51 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you,
08:55 whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all,
08:58 how with fear and trembling ye received him.
09:01 I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
09:06 We are reading from II Corinthians,
09:09 and the King James version. and beginning now with chapter 8
09:12 Moreover brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed
09:18 on the churches of Macedonia; how that in a great trial of
09:23 affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty
09:26 abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
09:29 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their
09:34 power, they were willing of themselves;
09:36 praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift
09:40 and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints
09:44 and this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their
09:49 own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
09:52 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun,
09:57 so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
10:00 Therefore as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance,
10:04 and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love
10:07 to us, see that you abound in grace also.
10:10 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness
10:15 of others and to prove the sincerity of your love.
10:17 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
10:20 that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,
10:25 that ye through his poverty might be rich.
10:29 And herein I give my advice for this is expedient for you,
10:33 who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a
10:37 year ago. Now therefore, perform the doing of it;
10:42 that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be
10:46 a performance also out of that which ye have.
10:49 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according
10:54 to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
10:58 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
11:02 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be
11:07 a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a
11:11 supply for your want: that there may be equality:
11:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing
11:18 over and he that had gathered little had no lack.
11:22 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care
11:25 into the heart of Titus for you. For indeed he accepted
11:29 the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord, he
11:33 went unto you. And we have sent with him the brother,
11:36 whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
11:39 and not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to
11:43 travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us
11:47 to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready
11:51 mind: Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this
11:56 abundance which is administered by us:
11:58 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord,
12:02 but also in the sight of men. And we have sent with them
12:07 our brother, whom we have often times proved diligent
12:10 in many things, bit now much more diligent upon the great
12:14 confidence which I have in you. Whether any do inquire of Titus,
12:19 he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you:
12:21 or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the
12:26 churches and the glory of Christ wherefore shew ye to them
12:30 and before the churches, the proof of your love,
12:33 and of our boasting on your behalf.
12:35 Continuing to read Paul's 2nd letter to the church in Corinth
12:40 and beginning with chapter 9. For as touching the ministering
12:44 to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
12:47 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of
12:50 you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago;
12:54 and your zeal has provoked very many.
12:57 Yet have I sent the brethren lest our boasting of you should
13:01 be in vain in this behalf; that as I said, ye may be ready:
13:05 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you
13:10 unprepared, we, that we say not, ye, should be ashamed in this
13:15 same confident boasting, therefore I thought it necessary
13:19 to exhort the brethren that they would go before unto you and
13:22 make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before,
13:26 that the same might be ready as a matter of bounty and not
13:31 as of covetousness. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly
13:36 shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully
13:40 shall reap also bountifully, every man according as he
13:46 purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
13:50 or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
13:54 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;
13:58 that you, always having all sufficiency in all things,
14:02 may abound to every good work: (as it is written,
14:05 He hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the poor:
14:08 his righteousness remaineth for ever.
14:11 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread
14:16 for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase
14:20 the fruits of your righteousness)
14:22 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness,
14:26 which causes through us thanksgiving to God.
14:30 May God's blessings come through each of us
14:33 to bless those around us. Goodbye.