Satan's Schemes

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 Discipline and forgiveness are necessary in the church, but Satan is always scheming to undermine both. With regard to discipline, the evil one tempts believers to neglect discipline as something intrusive and cruel. His goal is to have Christians think that toleration of evil is a virtue worthy of praise. The believers in Corinth would not yield to Satan’s scheme. They wisely perceived that life without discipline brings ruin. A home and classroom require it …

Holiness and Time

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:23-24 Time is necessary for matters that need maturing. Time is certainly needed for believers who pursue a holy life. Originally the Apostle had planned an early visit to the church in Corinth. But after writing a letter while in great distress because of the sinful ways of the Corinthian believers, he decided an immediate visit would be a bad move. Undoubtedly, Paul knew the people needed more time to react to his letter of correction. …

Consistent

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:15-22 Some Corinthians accused Paul of belonging to that class of individuals which feels no qualms in uttering “Yes, Yes,” and “No, No” in the same breath. We all know such people. One moment they say “Yes” to something; the next they say “No.” Because the Apostle had changed his plans to visit Corinth, some people classified him as one of these unreliable and untrustworthy people whose Yes becomes No with a shift in the wind. …

A Clear Conscience

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 12:1-7 To be misunderstood is a miserable thing. We say or do something with good intentions but somebody else misunderstands. Fires of pain and hurt are lit. When for good reasons the Apostle decided to cancel his travel plans to Corinth, some people misunderstood. Fueled by false rumors, many believed that his change of plans showed he was insincere and untrustworthy. But Paul knew in his heart that he had always been forthright and honest with …

Pressures

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 It is not easy to be a Christian. It was not easy for the missionary Paul. As he proclaimed Christ in Asia Minor, he thought he would not survive due to intense pressures. He describes his experiences as hardships, despair, pressure, inability to endure, living under a sentence of death. Maybe you are surprised to hear such language from Paul. We remember the fearless apostolic preacher singing praises with Silas in a Philippian dungeon. He …

Comfort

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 Compassion and comfort. With these words the Apostle Paul describes God at the beginning of this great letter. Years before, the psalmist (103:13) wrote the same. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Through the prophet Isaiah (66:13), God himself spoke, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” This is our God. He sees and feels the struggles of his …