Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
The Apostle Paul counters his Corinthian opponents’ love of power with the power of love. He contrasts their preoccupation with style and personality with gospel and character. Having pleaded for reconciliation he urges the Corinthians “not to receive God’s grace in vain” (v12). His plea is not to take God’s goodness for granted. As C.K. Barret put it, “The Corinthians had indeed been reconciled to God, but it was for them to receive the reconciliation more effectively”.
As a missionary Paul saw hardships and conflict as part of the territory. He took it squarely on the chin without flinching or complaint. He was no masochist. He did not see suffering itself as a mark of spirituality. However, linked to mission and the cause of Christ it is redemptive. He had no romantic notions about suffering. He had suffered too much for that!