2 Corinthians 6
-The appeal in chapter 6 begins with not receiving the grace of God in vain (emptiness, without truth or power). God makes His promise that at the favorable time He will listen to us when we cry out to Him. He will save us in the day of salvation, call upon Him (2 Corinthians 6:2). The apostle puts no stumbling block, or obstacle, in anyone’s way to accepting the Christ as Lord.
-Even though Paul and his fellow workers in Christ have gone through so much, they are willing vessels for the sake of the Corinthians, and others, to further the gospel and Christ’s Kingdom (see list in 2 Corinthians 6:4-10 for all their labors and difficulties with joy). They have hearts that are wide open in love and affection and have spoken freely putting no restriction on the hearers of their Word. Paul begs that in return they open their affections and hearts wide unto the things of God continually (2 Corinthians 6:11-13). *Application* God may ask us to go through a lot with Him as our Lord and guide in this life. No matter what the cost, be willing to go with Him in His power. He is always with us and will never leave us or forsake us no matter what the challenge. By truthful speech and the power of God, rest in His abundant faithfulness no matter what the circumstance or situation. He is able, rejoice always, make many rich, and possess everything (2 Corinthians 6:10)!
-Now Paul reiterates a common theme as he purports the advantages of being the Temple of the Living God as a person indwelt by the Holy Spirit. He first admonition is not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. He also tells us not to partner with lawlessness, then he tells us not to have fellowship with darkness. Christ has no accord with Belial (worthlessness, destruction from the Hebrew, Paul uses this term to describe the work of Satan here). We are not to share in the portion with unbelievers and have agreement in the idolatrous workings of the faithless. As living Temples, we are to go out from among the midst from the ungodly separating from them and touching no unclean thing (Isaiah 52:11, 2 Corinthians 6:17, Revelation 18:4). *Application* We are God’s people. He is a Father to us. He is the Lord Almighty and we have no other god or gods that can compare or replace Him. Give Him room to operate in His Temple, your heart and your being. Be a consecrated, sacrificial vessel of praise and glory as you live your life crucified to self and living unto the Lord (Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 3:3, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:4-11, and many more).
Verse to Memorize- 2 Corinthians 6:2