Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

2 Corinthians 8:9 – Jesus the Reject

| December 7, 2016

Jesus the Reject (2 Corinthians 8:9): Jesus was born a reject in a stable because there was no room. Lived as a reject because nothing good can come out of Nazareth. Was unwelcomed as a prophet in His hometown. Associated with rejects such as lepors, sinners, prostitutes, and tax collectors. Unknown to common sense and […]

2 Corinthians – A Template for Preacher-Church Relationships

| October 15, 2014

All preachers and assemblies should use 2 Corinthians as a template for unity and treatment of one another. Paul continually addresses the congregation (in chapters 1-9 then his tone changes as he addresses the trouble makers in 10-12) with humility and confidence. He desire is not prove himself superior but to open his heart to […]

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 – Two Extremes

| October 1, 2014

Two extremes, at least, exist among the preachers and believers in the first century. If they existed then, they exist now. Both are extremes from each other, and compromises with others. The first extreme is too strict; the second is too loose. The first is too many rules; the second is too many freedoms. The […]

Romans 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:10 – No Verse Contains All Truth

| September 18, 2014

There is not one verse that contains all the truth on any topic. That rule might be overly simplistic, maybe not. But are we too quick to take only one narrow view on a topic because we contrast verses instead of seeing them complement one another? For example, salvation is free. We cannot earn it. […]

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 – Is Paul Speaking of the Disembodied State?

| September 17, 2014

God created man to have a body. Various people have said something to the effect, “You do not have a soul, you are soul;” or “You are not a body with a spirit, you are a spirit with a body.” Both contain truth, but may the most accurate is that we are a body, a […]

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 – Speaking Our Raising

| September 10, 2014

Our speech patterns say so much about us, whether it is what we say, or how we don’t say things. In Wal-Mart yesterday, a grown woman in her late 20’s or early 30’s, said to her male companion, “Where the bread at?” Not only is that bad English, she didn’t even accomplish an economy of […]

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 – Outliving Death

| September 9, 2014

Paul wrote, “we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us” (2 Cor.1:9-10). […]

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 – It Means What It Means

| September 5, 2014

“It means what it means.” Said that in class and some found it humorous, and I can understand why. Doesn’t everything mean what it means? Ever hear, “I didn’t mean it like that!” Or sometimes words have a figurative and not literal meaning. Then again there is hyperbole to make a point. So, why did […]

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan vs. Calvinism

| September 3, 2014

4:4 – I think it is important to see the active force Satan here. While we cannot understand all the machinations of Satan, nor all the details, we can know he is actively deceiving people. As a theological extension to this, if mankind, if each individual was born innately unable to understand due to a […]

2 Corinthians 4:2-4 – Making the Misunderstanding the Understanding

| September 3, 2014

Consider this as per 2 Cor.4:2-4 which speaks of Satan veiling the gospel. One of the devious ways the Devil keeps people from understanding the word of God is by telling people it can’t be understood by them. The second step comes in telling others only a few can understand. The third downward step is […]