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 May 8, 2018

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Text: 1 Chronicles 22-24
Audio: 1 Chronicles 22-24

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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 7 (ESV)

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.

For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God. 13 Therefore we are comforted.

And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true. 15 And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.

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  1. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

    Godly Sorrow

    Have you ever grieved over the things that defile you in body and spirit? Have your attitudes and actions ever caused you sorrow, not because of the consequences of sin to you but because of the consequences of your sin to Jesus?

    Without godly grief over sin, without grief over our unbelief, without grief over our denying Christ, there will not be repentance. Without repentance, there is no salvation.

    When we "put our faith in Christ" we are believing that He is who He said He is and we are agreeing that WE ARE WHO HE SAYS WE ARE – which are sinners in desperate need of God's grace because of our sin. We turn away from these things and turn to God for forgiveness only found in Jesus Christ.

    We can't turn to Christ if we're not turning away from where we are since where we are is apart from God. You can't go forward while going backwards. You can't turn right when you're turning left. To turn to Christ in faith is to turn away from a life without faith. 

    Friend, this is the gospel. We cannot "add Jesus" to our lives without giving Jesus our lives. If we are His, we are no longer ours. Just like a husband and wife are no longer two separate people living independently but are together as one, Jesus died so that we can be one with Him – no longer independent of Him but a dependent of Him who has an inheritance for us greater than anything this world has to offer.

    In Christ, we are no longer alone, just drifting through this corrupt world until we die. In Christ, we are a child of God who is a light in this corrupt world until we die and are with God in glory.

  2. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2Co 7:1 ESV)

    What promises?

    and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty." (2Co 6:17-18 ESV)

    Because we are sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit.

    Holiness is not a passive action, but requires me to put off EVERY defilement of body and spirit. What things in my life distract me? What things cause unholy thoughts? What things hinder holiness? Do I strive for the things that bring 'holiness to completion'? Lord, examine me and help me to cleanse myself from every defilement of body and spirit.

    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psa 51:10 ESV)

    There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth. (Pro 30:12 ESV)

    Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, (Isa 1:16 ESV)

    For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. (2Co 7:11 ESV)

    These promises are certain, for the author of the promise is God. Num 23:19, 2 Cor 1:20, Joshua 21:45, 1 Ki 8:56

    However, these promises are conditional. God asks for purity, to cleanse ourselves from every defilement of the body and spirit.

  3. According to verse 8, Paul’s bold confrontation of the Corinthian church had been a source of regret for him.

    But now, he rejoices! Why? Because after their initial reactions (indignation, fear, punishment, zeal), they experienced not worldly grief, but godly grief – the grief that leads to repentance

    This godly grief has also revealed itself by the earnestness it has produced – earnestness for what? To clear themselves. To prove themselves.

    When my sin has become a blind spot and my reputation is at stake, when Christ’s reputation is at stake, when the church’s reputation is at stake, I hope I’ll have a friend like Paul. And I hope I’ll respond to his or her confrontation with godly grief, repentance, and earnestness rather than worldly grief, pride, indignation and anger. 

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