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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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CHAPTER 9 References

1 aGal. 2:10
2 a2 Cor. 8:10
3 a2 Cor. 8:6,
4 1NU confidence.
5 1encourage
2Lit. covetousness
6 aProv. 11:24;

Administering the Gift


1 Now concerning athe ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;
2 for I know your willingness, about which I boast of you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a ayear ago; and your zeal has stirred up the majority.
3 aYet I have sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this respect, that, as I said, you may be ready;
4 lest if some Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you!) should be ashamed of this 1confident boasting.
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to 1exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand,which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a 2grudging obligation.

The Cheerful Giver

6 aBut this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,

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and he who sows 1bountifully will also reap 1bountifully.
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, anot grudgingly or of 1necessity; for bGod loves a cheerful giver.
8 aAnd God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
9 As it is written:

a“He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

10 Now 1may He who asupplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, 2supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your brighteousness,
11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, awhich causes thanksgiving through us to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only asupplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they aglorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal bsharing with them and all men,
14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding agrace of God in you.
15 Thanks be to God afor His indescribable gift!

The Spiritual War


1 Now aI, Paul,myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—bwho in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
2 But I beg you athat when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 aFor the weapons bof our warfare are not 1carnal but cmighty in God dfor pulling down strongholds,
5 acasting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
6 aand being ready to punish all disobedience when byour obedience is fulfilled.

Reality of Paul’s Authority

7 aDo you look at things according to the outward appearance? bIf any-

6 1with blessings
7 aDeut. 15:7
bRom. 12:8
8 a[Prov.
11:24] 9 aPs. 112:9
10 aIs. 55:10
bHos. 10:12
1NU omits
may 2NU will
11 a2 Cor. 1:11
12 a2 Cor. 8:14
13 a[Matt.
5:16] b[Heb.
13:16] 14 a2 Cor. 8:1
15 a[James

CHAPTER 10 References

1 aRom. 12:1
b1 Thess. 2:7
2 a1 Cor. 4:21
4 aEph. 6:13
b1 Tim. 1:18
cActs 7:22
dJer. 1:10 1of
the flesh
5 a1 Cor. 1:19
6 a2 Cor. 13:2,
10 b2 Cor. 7:15
7 a[John 7:24] b1 Cor. 1:12;
14:37 c1 Cor.
3:23 1NU as
we are.
8 a2 Cor. 13:10
b2 Cor. 7:14
1NU omits us
2building up
10 aGal. 4:13
b2 Cor. 11:6
12 a2 Cor. 5:12
13 a2 Cor.
14 a1 Cor.
3:5, 6
15 aRom. 15:20
17 aJer. 9:24
18 aProv. 27:2
bRom. 2:29

one is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even 1so cwe are Christ’s.
8 For even if I should boast somewhat more aabout our authority, which the Lord gave 1us for 2edification and not for your destruction, bI shall not be ashamed—
9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters.
10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but ahis bodily presence is weak, and his bspeech contemptible.”
11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

Limits of Paul’s Authority

12 aFor we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 aWe, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you.
14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), afor it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;
15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, ain other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere,
16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.
17 But a“he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
18 For anot he who commends himself is approved, but bwhom the Lord commends.

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The LORD Helps His Troubled People

A Psalm of David awhen he fled from Absalom his son.

1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah

3 But You, O LORD, are aa shield 1for me, My glory and bthe One who lifts up my head.

PSALM 3 References

title a2 Sam.
3 aPs. 5:12;
28:7 bPs. 9:13;
27:6 1Lit.
4 aPs. 4:3;
34:4 bPs. 2:6;
15:1; 43:3
5 aLev. 26:6
6 aPs. 23:4;
7 aJob 16:10
8 a[Is. 43:11]

4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And aHe heard me from His bholy hill. Selah

5 aI lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 aI will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! aFor You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 aSalvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah




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