Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Saturday, 17 June 2017

2 Corinthians Day 44 – Unequally Yoked?

6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”

18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”

I get a lot of questions about this passage. In fact recently I was asked to preach a sermon on it. The irony is that the passage, again picked like a flower from a garden is applied to who a person marries, which you can clearly see if you've been following along in our study through 2 Corinthians has nothing to do with the context. The next question naturally is "What is Paul talking about?" It's almost like this section was dropped from the sky and doesn't fit, or does it? 

Try this on and see if it fits:

Image result for Unequally yoked"Evil company corrupts good habits." Paul said that in his last letter to Corinth (1 Corinthians 15:33). It turns out not everyone in the church in Corinth was actually in a life changing relationship with Jesus. If you walk with people who crave revenge and bitterness over grace and forgiveness what will happen to you? Won't their thoughts, words, and attitudes start creeping into your headspace? Consider these words of wisdom:  

"Every soul is surrounded by an atmosphere of its own,—an atmosphere, it may be, charged with the life-giving power of faith, courage, and hope, and sweet with the fragrance of love. Or it may be heavy and chill with the gloom of discontent and selfishness, or poisonous with the deadly taint of cherished sin. By the atmosphere surrounding us, every person with whom we come in contact is consciously or unconsciously affected.—Christ's Object Lessons, 339

How about this:

Character is power. The silent witness of a true, unselfish, godly life carries an almost irresistible influence. By revealing in our own life the character of Christ we co-operate with Him in the work of saving souls. It is only by revealing in our life His character that we can co-operate with Him. And the wider the sphere of our influence, the more good we may do.—Christ's Object Lessons, 340

Guess who wants to have the greatest influence in your life? Jesus wants to live inside you. He wants you to be His temple. He wants His thoughts to become your thoughts and grace to flow as freely from you as it does from Him. 

We all are connected to a lesser or greater degree to others. Make your connection to Jesus the strongest one in your life. Yoke up with Him. Live in His atmosphere. Let Him reveal Himself through you. You may have to distance yourself from some people, maybe even some church people...

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