2 Corinthians

From Rags to Robes

Though He [Christ Jesus] was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor. 2 Corinthians 8:9

All people come into this world empty handed, and that is also the way they will leave. Job writes, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart" (Job 1:21). Saint Paul echoes the same truth: "We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it" (1 Timothy 6:7). The rich man who had himself buried in his solid gold Cadillac, of course, left it behind. 

Now is the Time

Now is the time of God's favour, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

A man who writes a column in the St. Louis daily newspaper stated, after he had been baptized as an adult: "I wish I had received spiritual training when young. I believe it would have given me a better moral and ethical base from which to govern my life; I would have avoided many of the pitfalls of ego and arrogance." 

Growing In Value

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

The man had made a fortune. Now, he wanted to increase that fortune by buying some land in a marsh area of Manhattan. He did so, and one day took his son out to inspect the new property.

What Lies Beyond

John 14:5 "Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we don't know where You are going, so how can we know the way?'"

For travellers, a map is as basic and vital as the alphabet. Explorers have relied on maps to open up new worlds. The maker of an early map of Australia wrote across unknown and unexplored regions such frightful comments as, "Here there are fiery scorpions," "Here there are dangerous giants," and "Here there are dragons." A brave explorer, who was also a Christian, crossed out all these warnings and wrote in large letters, "Here is God!" 

Pressed but not Crushed

2 Corinthians 4:8 "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair."

Often the little irritations of daily living get us down. The hum-drum, ho-hum routine of life gets to us. There are the little irritations of daily life due to leaky faucets, bumper-to-bumper traffic and dented fenders, and long lines at the supermarket or at the bank. 

A New Song

Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvellous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The LORD has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations. Psalm 98:1-2

When Christians sing this “new song,” we do not mean “new” in the sense that the song has just recently been written. The verse above refers to a song thousands of years old. Yet when sung by someone with a “clean heart” in whom the right spirit has been renewed, it is filled with new feeling and made into a new song. We sing to the Lord with hearts filled with love for Him who first loved us.