2 Corinthians 7-9 Study Guides/Psalm 28 (29) Study Guide/Closing-Romans 8:28...His Purpose!!!
2 CORINTHIANS 7 STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN
DESIRE AND DILIGENCE
2 CORINTHIANS 7:1-16
7:1: An escape from FITHINESS requires more than thinking repentant thoughts: For we are enmeshed in a spiritual war zone, entrenched in patterns of sin that become habitual: Often, darkness becomes imprinted in our souls and bodies so that even our wills are bypassed and we sin automatically: To cleanse ourselves means that by the promises of God, we embark on a sustained struggle for holiness: This cleansing includes genuine sorrow for our sins, confession, and repentance: It means a willful avoidance of sin-arousing situations, reconciliation with those we have wronged, the resolute practice of Christian virtue, and cleaving to God through faith and prayer: it calls us to participation in the holy sacraments: Is this too difficult for us humans??? Yes: Thus it is the Holy Spirit, who cleanses us from every stain and heals our infirmities, who empowers us to live this life of peace with God and repentance before Him:
7:9-11: Feeling sorry is not enough: Heartfelt, godly sorrow produces repentance and diligence-(v. 11): True repentance cleanses us from sin and alienation, and diligence zealously pursues holiness and reconciliation: We hereby continue on the path of SALVATION to enteral life: The sorrow of the world-(v. 10) is feeling sorry we were caught: It centers on ourselves, on our embarrassment over the predicament we find ourselves in: It stops short of repentance and reconciliation to God:
2 CORINTHIANS 8 STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN
MODELS TO IMITATE
2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-9
8:1-9:15: The subject of this passage is a collection from the Churches in Asia Minor for the Church in Jerusalem: Beyond the material help Jerusalem needs, for Paul this appears to be an important theological matter as well- (1): Relates to the unity of Jew and Gentile in the Church, (2): Underscores the messianic age as having indeed come in Christ, and (3): demonstrates that the charismatic effects of Pentecost are continuing and maturing in the Church: Paul had given the Corinthians the same instructions he gave to Galatia, to contribute systematically to the fund-(1 Corinthians 16:1-4): Titus is to make sure they actually begun to do so-(2 Corinthians 8:6): Paul has told the Macedonians that Corinth was exemplary in giving-(2 Corinthians 9:2), but he has his doubts: So he sends Titus to Corinth to be sure the Corinthians will comply-(2 Corinthians 9:3-5): Some in Corinth feel pressure, saying that Paul is crafty; he gets his way by cunning-(2 Corinthians 12:16): Paul encourages the Corinthians by holding up the generosity of the poorer Macedonians as an example-(2 Corinthians 8:1-5): The Corinthians actually do contribute to the fund, and Paul is pleased with them-(Romans 15:25-28):
8:5: Note the progression: They first gave themselves to the Lord-("They offered up themselves"- JohnChr) and then to us, to the Church, to the apostles: If our lives are an offering to God, they will be an offering to His people as well:
8:9: What was Christ's poverty??? He emptied Himself-(Philippians 2:5-8) of His heavenly glory to join our humanity to His divinity, and to suffer and die on our behalf: He did not owe this to us, but did so by His grace, that we might become rich in His salvation:
THE IDEA OF MUTUAL GIVING-ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THIS COLLECTION
2 CORINTHIANS 8:10-24
8:24: The proof of God's love for us is that He gave us His Son through the Incarnation and death-(Romans 5:8): The proof of our love for God is in the giving of our gifts to Him and the churches:
2 CORINTHIANS 9 STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN
2 CORINTHIANS 9:1-15
9:3: Paul has stuck his neck out...The Corinthians' Zeal had caused many in Macedonia to give to Jerusalem-(v. 2): Yet, to make sure Corinth will stay zealous, Paul has sent the brethren...
9:6-15: Here is Paul's landmark teaching on Christian stewardship: The metaphor is not the giving of money but the sowing of seed for a harvest: And where does the seed come from??? God Himself-(v. 10):
PSALM 28 (29) STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN
PSALM 28 (29): Is a prophecy concerning the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, celebrated in the services of Theophany-(Epiphany): Both words, epiphany and theophany, mean "manifestation" or "revelation", and theophany has the additional meaning, "revelation of God..." The God who is revealed in Christ's Baptism is God the Trinity: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit: Thus this event also reveals that Jesus Christ-(The Son) is one of the Trinity: PSAL 28 (29): Also reveals the Father AS THE VOICE speaking from Heaven at Jesus' Baptism-(vv. 3-5, 7-9; see also Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22): It also reveals the Son-(His beloved, v. 6) and the Holy Spirit-(fiery flames, v. 7; see also canticles four and five of Compline in the Forecast of Theophany): UNICORNS-(v. 6) are often symbols of purity!!!
EPIPHANY- Literally, "a breaking through from above": The word means manifestation of THEOPHANY of God: Examples of epiphanies are the burning bush-(Exodus 3:1-6) and the TRANSFIRGURATION of Christ-(Matthew 17:1-13): Twelve days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany tp honor the manifestation of the Holy Trinity at the BAPTISM of Christ-(Mark 1:9-11):
THEOPHANY- A manifestation of God in His uncreated Glory: It refers also to Christ's Resurrection appearances: The revelation of the Holy Trinity at the Baptism of Christ-(Luke 3:21, 22) is the greatest theophany; it is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on EPIPHANY-(January 6th): Other Theophany's are found throughout the Bible: For example, God appeared to Abraham-(Genesis 18:1-15), and to Jacob in a dream-(Genesis 28:10-17):
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose
END WITH THE LORD'S PRAYER-LET' S DEPART IN PEACE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL!!!