II Corinthians, Part 16

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 31, 2017

  • II Corinthians 13:1-14
  • II Corinthians 13:8 – See Matthew 5:16.
  • II Corinthians 13:9 – See Romans 9:1-2.
  • II Corinthians 13:10 – Paul hoped that they would correct the things he had rebuked them for so that he would not need to be harsh with them when he returned.

II Corinthians, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 24, 2017

  • II Corinthians 12:1-21
  • II Corinthians 12:7 – It’s not known exactly what this “thorn in the flesh” was. Whatever it was, it was specifically given to Paul to keep him from exalting himself.
  • II Corinthians 12:10 – When man recognizes his nothingness and God’s power, then he is strong.
  • II Corinthians 12:21 – If they had not repented by the time Paul arrived, he was threatening to be bold in his rebuke of them.

What Must I Do to be Saved?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 21, 2017

  • The most important question ever asked: “What must I do to be saved?”
  • Acts 16:22-33 – The jailer did not know anything about salvation, but once he was taught (Romans 10:17), he knew he needed to repent and be baptized.
  • Acts 2:36-38 – These people had believed in God all their lives, but they had not yet obeyed Jesus. Believing in God was not enough.
    • Acts 2:20-21 – Joel prophesied that people would need to call on the name of the Lord to be saved. This involved repenting and being baptized.
  • Acts 22:6-16 – When Saul came to understand that Jesus was the Messiah, he still had to find out what to do to be saved.
    • Acts 22:16 – Calling on the name of the Lord involved being baptized!
  • Matthew 7:21 – Believing in Jesus is not enough!
  • Romans 6:12-13 – We must use our bodies as instruments of righteousness until God.
  • What must I do to remain saved?
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Always press on toward the goal!

II Corinthians, Part 14

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 17, 2017

  • II Corinthians 11:8-33
  • II Corinthians 11:8-9 – Notice that Paul’s example here shows churches sending money to him directly. This is an important pattern because it allows the church that is sending the money to maintain control of it. If other churches had sent money to the Corinthian church to support Paul, they would have ceded control of the money, which breeds all sorts of problems and breaks the autonomy that should exist between local churches.
  • II Corinthians 11:19 – Paul is being sarcastic here. Gladly tolerating the foolish certainly doesn’t make anyone wise!

II Corinthians, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 10, 2017

  • II Corinthians 11:1-9
  • II Corinthians 11:6 – See Mark 16:20. The other apostles used miracles to confirm what they were saying and Paul did the same.
  • II Corinthians 11:4 – The Corinthians were happy to follow false teachers, but were not inclined to listen to Paul (see II Corinthians 11:1).

II Corinthians, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 3, 2017

  • II Corinthians 10:1-18
  • II Corinthians 10:3-4 – Compare Titus 2:15.
  • II Corinthians 10:5 – Compare Colossians 3:16-17.
  • II Corinthians 10:8-9 – In order to plant spiritual seed, you have to first root out the weeds and stumps. Some don’t like “negative” preaching, but it is often necessary in order to prepare for “positive” preaching.
  • II Corinthians 10:12 – The standard is the word of God – not other people. Christians are not to compare themselves even with other Christians because our standard is higher than that.

II Corinthians, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 12, 2017

  • II Corinthians 8:15-9:15
  • II Corinthians 8:16-22 – It was important that someone very trustworthy went along to handle the money to prevent suspicion of wrongdoing.
  • II Corinthians 8:19 – The money was specifically earmarked for helping needy saints, but the real purpose of giving was to glorify God.
  • II Corinthians 8:24 – Paul had already boasted about their love and generosity, so now they had to follow through.
  • II Corinthians 9:6-7 – Giving is equated to sowing seed. If you sow much, you will reap much. Therefore, give much and do so cheerfully. We are not to give out of compulsion. Some churches use this passage to compel their members to give more, but that is not an approach supported by scripture.

 

II Corinthians, Part 8

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 29, 2017

  • II Corinthians 7:1-16
  • II Corinthians 7:1 – This verse makes more sense as part of chapter 6. Paul is encouraging them to keep themselves pure because of the great promises God has made to them.
  • II Corinthians 7:7 – See Romans 8:18.
  • II Corinthians 7:8 – Paul’s rebuke caused them sorrow, but he did not regret it once he saw the way they handled it. He did not like rebuking them at the time, though.
  • II Corinthians 7:11 – These are all the things that gave evidence of their godly sorrow.
  • II Corinthians 7:12 – This is a not-but passage. Paul did write I Corinthians for the sake of both the offender and offended, but that was not his primary purpose.

Love

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 12, 2017

  • Love, the greatest commandment
    • Matthew 22:37-38
  • Love, the second greatest commandment
    • Matthew 22:39
  • Love and the Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
    • Matthew 5:43-48 – Love even your enemies.
  • Love and Peter (John 21:14-17)
  • Love and Paul (I Corinthians 13)
  • Love and Jacob (Genesis 29:20)
  • Conclusion
    • Samaritan – Love serves because of the need.
    • Peter – Love will feed other sheep of Jesus.
    • Paul – Love is not selfish and never fails.
    • Jacob – Love made it a joy to serve.

2 Corinthians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 1, 2017

  • II Corinthians 4:1-15
  • II Corinthians 4:1 – See Ephesians 3:4-9; 6:12. Heavenly places is referring to places of power (rulers on earth) – not Heaven itself.
  • II Corinthians 4:3-4 – The gospel was veiled to those who chose not to understand it. A parallel to this idea is Jesus speaking in parables.
  • II Corinthians 4:5 – “We” here could be used in the editorial sense, meaning only Paul, or it could be used to mean all the apostles.
  • II Corinthians 4:7 – The apostles were the only ones who had the treasure (the gospel) in earthen vessels (their bodies) to share with others. Paul is contrasting the greatness of the gospel with the relative lack of value of the vessel used to distribute it.
  • II Corinthians 4:8 – See II Corinthians 11:24-28. They were hard-pressed with persecution.
  • II Corinthians 4:12 – Paul was facing death daily to spread the gospel.