2 Corinthians 6* The apostle, with others, proved themselves faithful ministersof Christ, by their unblamable life and behaviour. (1-10) Byaffection for them, And by earnest concern, that they might haveno fellowship with unbelievers and idolaters. (11-18)1-10 The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. Thegospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the meansof salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation,and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. Themorrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow,nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let allbe careful not to neglect it. Ministers of the gospel shouldlook upon themselves as God's servants, and act in every thingsuitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patiencein afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by duetemper and behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the graceof God, to arm them against temptations, so as to bear the goodreport of men without pride; and so as to bear their reproacheswith patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess allthings in Christ. Of such differences is a Christian's life madeup, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is ourway to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approveourselves to God. The gospel, when faithfully preached, andfully received, betters the condition even of the poorest. Theysave what before they riotously spent, and diligently employtheir time to useful purposes. They save and gain by religion,and thus are made rich, both for the world to come and for this,when compared with their sinful, profligate state, before theyreceived the gospel. 11-18 It is wrong for believers to join with the wicked andprofane. The word unbeliever applies to all destitute of truefaith. True pastors will caution their beloved children in thegospel, not to be unequally yoked. The fatal effects ofneglecting Scripture precepts as to marriages clearly appear.Instead of a help meet, the union brings a snare. Those whosecross it is to be unequally united, without their wilful fault,may expect consolation under it; but when believers enter intosuch unions, against the express warnings of God's word, theymust expect must distress. The caution also extends to commonconversation. We should not join in friendship and acquaintancewith wicked men and unbelievers. Though we cannot wholly avoidseeing and hearing, and being with such, yet we should neverchoose them for friends. We must not defile ourselves byconverse with those who defile themselves with sin. Come outfrom the workers of iniquity, and separate from their vain andsinful pleasures and pursuits; from all conformity to thecorruptions of this present evil world. If it be an enviedprivilege to be the son or daughter of an earthly prince, whocan express the dignity and happiness of being sons anddaughters of the Almighty?
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