2 Corinthians 13: 1-10

Final Warnings

This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”[fn] I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

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Michele
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ii. We are often very ready to examine and test others, but first – and always first – we must examine and test ourselves. “That was the trouble at Corinth. They criticized Paul and failed to examine themselves.” (Redpath) iii. “To examine yourself, in fact, is to submit to the examination and scrutiny of Jesus Christ the Lord – and this never to fix attention on sin but on Christ – and to ask Him to reveal that in you which grieves His Spirit; to ask Him to give you grace that it might be put away and cleansed in… Read more »

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Paula Langley

Yes, it is so easy to be critical of others….

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Paula Langley

Good old Spurgeon :-)What a jewell this is from the commentary 🙂 i. “Now, what is it to have Jesus Christ in you? The true Christian carries the cross in his heart; and a cross inside the heart, my friends, is one of the sweetest cures for a cross on the back. If you have a cross in your heart – Christ crucified in you, the hope of glory – all the crosses of this world’s troubles will seem to you light enough, and you will easily be able to sustain it. Christ in the heart means Christ believed in,… Read more »

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Everything Paul said was great stuff!! I found myself asking the Lord to put the spotlight on to my heart and show me if I am not doing what He would have me to do!!! I think also that it can be most distructive if a person or persons take on a negative attitude towards our Pastor, with out just cause!! Paula and Michele the things You highlighted were right on!!! The one question I had, I didn’t find an answer for!! Maybe tomorrow’s scriptures will bring more light to my questions!! In today’s verses Paul is speaking as to… Read more »

Michele
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Wow! A lot is going on over there. I’m definitely praying for everyone. Please squeeze Deb for me.

Michele
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As for the question on discipline, I don’t know the answer to that one. I am more of the type to push the limits. The Lord has always corrected me exactly how I needed to be so that I could get back on track. The goal is to be restored to truth so, I imagine whatever it is that Paul has in mind, it is to get them back on track. Painful as it is sometimes, I’ ve had to consider what it would feel like to be a pillar of salt! That’s how far I can push things in… Read more »

Bonnie
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Bonnie

You are Precious!!! That gave me a big smile and giggle!! I Love You