Pauls Word to the Corinthians

2nd Corinthians 2; 14-17

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

To the one we are the aroma of death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who has made us sufficient for these things?

FOR we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.Apostle-Paul2 Cor. 4:3

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bond servants for Jesus sake. For it is the God who has commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Vv 4:16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 5
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,  if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.  For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.  Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died;  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I’m a long term Fibromyalgia guy, in the past 3 years my condition has become extreme at times. This morning was a rough one, I got up and went back to bed, fell asleep for an hour or so and woke up thinking “okay, i’m done Jesus, its over. I need to get out of this body, I’m done.” I realized that I have lived this handicap throughout my entire life, and that I never ever really have (lived).  I was always handicapped physically, emotionally, and mentally as well. I wanted to sell and give away everything in my life because I know that I don’t have anything anyway! Funny how that is, people have garage sales and sell their junk for pennies and for dollars to whomever see’s value in it, but for me there is only one value that is Christ, and that value was stripped from me by … the local church years ago, to the degree that I fell into sin like nothing i’d ever done before!

Funny how it goes hey Pastor?

For the number of Denominations out there in the world today one might think Jesus didn’t know what he was saying when he condemned sectarianism! It makes me wonder whether a lot of Pastors equate pastor with bastard? the words being so directly opposite one to another.

(Not to be confusing… I only mean bastard in the light of a professor or preacher who is not actually an offspring of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Scripture says if Christ is not in you you are none of his.)

Nevertheless I believe,  I believe that God is a God of Mercy, Grace, and forgiveness! I believe that he knew me before the foundation of the world, and that If he is mindful of me He may yet save me.

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

I often wonder how many Pastors, let alone true Christians really ever read the Bible, or have any inkling of what Paul’s words above mean.

I also wonder “if” there is any actual “treasure,””the treasure of Christ in you the hope of glory” in one or in many who call themselves Christian today.

Jesus said watch it…!  If you cause one of these little ones who believe to fall to stumble, it would be better for a mill stone to be tied to your neck and you cast into the deep…,(Not exactly quoted here okay!)  I fully believe there will be many many pastors and deacons and whatever in big big trouble when they stand before the judgment seat of Christ, an event coming to you soon.

Jesus forgive me of my sins, I am weak and weary, I have lost my way even before I ever found it in you not blind from birth, but blinded by this world and men, without hope other than in your mercy.

Hubert Rondeau

Note: Photo and some text borrowed online

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