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 May 12, 2018

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Text: 2 Chronicles 6 -8
Audio: 2 Chronicles 6 – 8

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Memory Verse of the Week

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret,
whereas worldly grief produces death. ”
(2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV)

2 Corinthians 11 (ESV)

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

12 And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! 20 For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!

But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.32 At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me, 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands.

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  1. Apology for Personal Defense (2 Corinthians 11:1-4)

    In this section Paul gives an apology, for in his defense, he feels foolish having to defend himself, and is concerned that there may be those in Corinth who think likewise. He explains that he feels spiritually responsible for them, and that he fears they may 'be led astray'. 

    Personal Defense – Apostolic Authority & Labor without Charge (2 Corinthians 11:5-15)

    Paul intersperses a personal defense based first on his Apostolic authority, and later contrasted with the 'authority' of false apostles. In between, he reminds the believers that even though he has genuine apostolic authority, he did not charge them anything. This was made possible by generous donations from believers in Macedonia. His ministry to the Corinthians was borne out of genuine love. (2 Corinthians 11:11) Interestingly enough, Paul was trying to avoid controversy by not accepting money from the Corinthians, and yet because he did not, those seeking to corrupt the gospel still found fault. 

    This reminds me that no matter what, unbelievers and those who seek divisions in the church will find fault, and use anything to cause divisions. Don't try to please everyone, it will not work. Do what is right, follow the integrity of your heart as it is guided by God's word. 

    "Super-Apostles" – Paul is speaking tongue-in-cheek; for these are not those we today consider apostles, such as Peter, James, and John – those who walked with Christ – but false-apostles who come in arrogance and 'superiority', seeking to steal away converts saying that the gospel Paul preached was inadequate.

    I need to remain watchful for those who seek to 'add' a 'superior understanding' to the gospel. As an Elder at LLCC, I promise to remain watchful and guard against false doctrine. But this is not something that Pastor Scott and I can handle alone; each of us needs to be watchful of teaching that just doesn't sound right.

    Personal Defense – Persistence in Persecution (2 Corinthians 11:16-33)

    Here Paul defends his integrity and love of Christ and the Corinthians based on a lifetime of horrible persecution and hardships.

    Note that in the litany of physical beatings, shipwrecks, hardships, etc., that Paul includes one item that is not like the others listed.

    2 Corinthians 11:28 (ESV)

    28  And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.

    I find it striking that Paul lists this as part of the 'hardships' of the ministry. But isn't it true that when we genuinely care for each other, that it affects us personally. A good minister of the gospel will be genuinely concerned for those under his care, for he shares the heart of Christ for the people of God.

  2. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:15)

    Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

    When we consider Paul's warning to the church at Corinth of people disguising themselves as servants of righteousness, these people are those referenced by Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:4, "For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough."

    How can people fall for "another Jesus", receive a "different spirit" or accept a "different gospel?" How can people not see through the disguise? 

    1. Another Jesus – If you don't know what Jesus taught as revealed in the Scriptures, you would not be able to discern if someone was teaching something contrary to what Jesus taught. 

    Also, if you don't know what Jesus taught, you wouldn't be able to discern when someone excludes things that Jesus taught when they teach or when they put a "spin" on it or explain things away in their interpretation. 

    2. Different Spirit – Jesus said in John 16:13, "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."

    If you do not have the Holy Spirit (because you are not born again), then you are susceptible to all spirits – including false and demonic spirits. If you have committed your life to Christ, put your faith in Him for salvation and are born again but are grieving the Holy Spirit because of unrepentant, unconfessed sin, you may not be able to discern false or demonic spirits. 

    3. A Different Gospel – Many false teachers say the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. But if you look under the rug of their teaching, you will see that the gospel proclaimed is not the gospel Jesus did. Only discerning believers who know God's Word and are walking in the Spirit will be able to pick up on the subtle changes to someone's gospel message. 

    One example of a different gospel is the teaching that "all you have to do to be saved is believe on Jesus as Savior and you're saved."

    To many people, this sounds right. After all, John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

    But what does it mean to believe? James 2:19 says, "You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!" They believe in a triune God! Before Jesus cast demons out into pigs, they said to Him in Matthew 8:29, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”

    So what kind of belief is the one that results in eternal life?

    Just a few verses after John 3:16 is John 3:36 which clarifies what "saving belief" is: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him."

    Not only is John 3:16 typically taken out of context and "belief" distorted to mean simply accepting the fact about who Jesus is, few teach about the wrath of God remaining on those who do not obey Jesus. 

    It's hard to understand why. After all, Jesus said this in the Great Commission when He said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).

    The word "observe" means to conform one’s action or practice to; to obey, keep; fulfill a duty.

    The word "all" means everything Jesus taught; not leaving anything out. 

    So we see that belief that results in eternal life is different than the belief of demons. It's the belief that results in obeying the Lord Jesus. Our obedience does not save us but is the result of saving faith. Without obedience, there is no salvation. 

    Hebrews 12:14 says, "Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."

    Words are important but it's critical to understand the definitions of words and the implications of those words as well. It's how we can discern false teaching from gospel truth. 

    At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 7:15-21 Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits."

    And then Jesus speaks of those who are deceived – those who believe they are "believers" but they are not. He says, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'"

    They acknowledged Him as Lord but He did not know them and says three words you never want to hear Jesus say to you – "depart from me."

    Who will be saved? Jesus said it is only the "one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

    So while John 3:16 is true, we must take into account everything Jesus taught, understand what saving belief is and walk in the Spirit so we will not be deceived into believing a "different gospel."

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