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2 Corinthians 11:1–6 – Stay The Course. (Do not waver now!)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Aug 18th  as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 11:1–6 – Stay The Course. (Do not waver now!)

 

Intro/thoughts:

 

Paul’s opening remarks – v. 1

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!

 

Bear with me in a little foolishness

 

Are we any different?  When we substitute THE TRUE FAITH for anything else, it has an impact on OUR FAITH and the FAITH we share and teach.  It compromises our impact as a church because it impacts:

  1. Our relationship with God
  2. Our faithfulness to Christ
  3. Our acceptance to the Gospel
  4. Our recognition of the Truth

 

 

 

It impacts relationship with God – v. 2a

For I feel a divine jealousy for you,

 

Divine Jealousy

 

Paul was jealous (in a good way)

 

God is a jealous God

 

It impacts our faithfulness to Christ – vv. 2b-3

since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. [3] But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

 

Betrothed

 

Deceived (this is what Satan does)

It was not moral deception… IT WAS INTELLECTUAL DECEPTION… which lead to spiritual deception.  THEY SINNED AGAINST GOD!!!!!

Her thinking and believing lead to her actions!  SHE THOUGHT HE WAS CORRECTS AND ACTED.

 

Sincere and pure devotion

 

It impacts our acceptance of The Gospel – v. 4

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

 

Galatians 1:8-9

 

Proclaims another Jesus (than what we proclaimed)

 

Different Spirit (than the one you received)

 

Accept a different Gospel

 

There are only two reasons for someone believing/sharing/teaching something that is contrary to the Truth of God’s Word

 

 

It impacts our recognition of the Truth – vv. 5-6

[5] Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

 

Not in the least inferior

 

Unskilled in speaking but not in knowledge

 

In every way we have made this plain to you


 

 

Scripture References:

2 Corinthians 11:1–6 – [1] I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! [2] For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. [3] But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. [4] For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. [5] Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. [6] Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things. (ESV)

Exodus 20:5 – You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, (ESV)

Deuteronomy 4:24 – For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (ESV)

Galatians 1:6–9 – [6] I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—[7] not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. [8] But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. [9] As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (ESV)

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