- 1 But as fellow-workmen, we also deeply hope that you have not received the Grace of God in vain:
- 2 for God said: I have listened to you at the right time, and I was there for your day of salvation: behold, this is the right time; this indeed is the Day of your liberating salvation:
- 3 don’t offer yourselves to be offensive to others in anything (as in sewing one another in courts), so that the Christian message would be blamed;
- 4 but in everything, ensure that you commend yourselves and other as God’s ministers, in much endurance, in afflictions, in necessities, in limitations,
- 5 in physical suffering, in prisons, in demonstrations, in work, in watching, in fasting,
- 6 in pureness, in knowledge, in long suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love that can never die,
- 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; through the arms of righteousness from my very own right hand and left,
- 8 through glory and dishonor, through things that some may say evil about me and you or through good reports (some are deceivers, other will say the truth);
- 9 and we are unknown to the wold, and yet, we are well known by God; some say we are dying, and behold, we are very much alive; we remain disciplined and we are not put to death but well;
- 10 we may grieve or seen as we have grieved, but we are actually always rejoicing; we may be seen as poor, yet we are enriching many; we may be considered as having nothing, and yet we possess all things.
- 11 Our mouth is opened to you, Corinthians, our heart is expanded.
- 12 We admit, we don’t sustain you, but you sustain me in your affections;
- 13 but in order to get to the point, (allow me to speak to you as kids) allow your hearts to be open at this time.
- 14 Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what participation is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship of light with darkness?
- 15 and what consent between Christ with Beliar, (or Belial) and what part for a believer along with an unbeliever?
- 16 and what relationship is there between God’s temple and the Temples of Idols? For you are the living God’s temple; according as God has said: “I will dwell among them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be to me a people”.
- 17 Wherefore come out from under their influence, and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch that unclean food, and then, I will receive you;
- 18 and I will be to you as a Father, and you shall be to me as sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
Context – from JAS: I have been dating a wonderful woman for 5 years. Philippe Paquette sorry for taking more of your time. (Note from the Publisher. Now, you need to know that this fine gentlemen and brother has been in conversation with me for some time and he is a true “Prince” (from the Lord’s perspective according to my limited understanding of the Lord) but he eventually came back with this beautiful question): What are your thoughts on: 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” It seems that many people say it also applies to marriage, but then it seems to contradict a bit 1 Corinthians 1:7 and 1 Peter 3:1 (even though the latter speaks about people already married) _________________ Answer: Hello dear + Name Withheld_John Adrian Smith: (fictitious name, no association with anyone called by that name if any) Thank you for asking this question. Of course, I know you as a dear friend so I know a little about you and a tad about your girlfriend so I remain with limited general knowledge of both of you. Nevertheless, I certainly can respond to your most excellent question. Your query is “excellent” because it is a question that thousands if not millions of Christians pose, thus, it is a very helpful question to ask. I simply trust in the Lord that my response will be as helpful. You see, one of my Ministries and calling is to help my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ on anything and everything but I want to remain faithful to HIM, dependent on the Scriptures and “correct” according to my knowledge, including the context of each portion of Scrpture (without any pretense). 1) Remember this quote. “When someone quotes a Bible “text”, make certain that that the text is within its “context”, otherwise, one may have a “pretext”. 2) The Holy Scriptures (Bible) must always be understood within its “context”. 3) The verse you quoted (2 Cor. 6:14) has a “context”. Here it is. “2 Corinthians 6:1-18″. 4) Literal translation from the Greek, as closely as possible to English, by myself (with the Darby’s literal translation’s help but this is my own personal work based on Koine that I have studied at St-Paul’s Christian University and more – so this is my paraphrase of this context according to the Greek words in our modern understanding of English): 2 Cor. 6 (my paraphrased of the entire Chapter).Philippe Paquette Question from John Adrian Smith (fake name):
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