Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2 Corinthians 7:12 (KJV) The Bigger Picture

2 Corinthians 7:12 (KJV)
Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
There are great lessons in the Pauline Epistles for the preacher. Paul often carefully expresses
  • His motives for ministry
  • His priorities in ministry and
  • His methods for ministry
I note here that Paul ‘s concern was for something greater than either the offended or the offender. He wasn’t seeking vengeance against the sinner nor was he looking for recompense for the victim. His concern was for the church body as a whole. The individuals mattered, to be sure.
Paul’s careful mention of the names of his fellow laborers, friends and helpers in the Lord reveals his love for the individual believer. But Paul never lost sight of the bigger picture, the purity of and integrity of the local church.

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2 Corinthians 7:12 (KJV) The Bigger Picture

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