2 Corinthians 6 - Working With Christ, Yoking

In debating where to pick up my QT journal, I simply decided to pick up where I left off in 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 6:1 - "Working together with him ..." Paul viewed his ministry as a partnership with Jesus, he and Jesus were working together to accomplish God's will. It seems obvious as I type it, but I've viewed my ministry, when I've thought about it, as my work on God's behalf. I tend to discount God's working with me. Frankly, I tend to view God as a passive observer in the world, which is clearly not the case. He is always at work, the Bible says. I need to see my work for Him instead as work with Him to accomplish the good that He wants to see done.

"Come on, Doug," he says, "Let's you and I go make a difference."

The scary thing is how often I say "Not today, maybe tomorrow."

2 Corinthians 6:1-12 - Paul pleads with them not to receive God's grace in vain. He then goes on to share how he has done everything he can to give himself to them, but feels that they are withholding themselves from him. So, is he saying that to receive grace without opening ourselves up is to receive it in vain? Is the implication here that there is a way to actually receive God's grace, yet it does not effect our lives? In other words, a genuine response to the gospel but it doesn't 'take' because of how it was received? I'm not sure what this means, any thoughts?

2 Corinthians 6:14 - The NIV, which was my main translation until the past few years, translates this as "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." while the ESV says "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers." Traditionally, my ICOC tribe, and I suspect other groups as well, have used this passage against marrying non-Christians (by which, at the time, we meant non-ICOC members, of course. :-D), but the word 'unequal' in the ESV makes that teaching problematic, in my mind. Would I recommend someone marry a non-Christian? Absolutely not, it's foolish and the remaining part of the verse, and later verses still have wisdom for such a situation (Particularly verse 15 - "What portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?"). But this was taught as an absolute command, no marriage to unbelievers and I think the ESV translation makes that problematic.

Frankly, since this verse is not about marriage, it's a problematic position anyway. What about business partnerships? What about employment? What about participating on a sports team? I think this in a general warning to being put in a position where you are irrevocably bound to follow the lead (hence 'unequaly' in the ESV) of one who cares nothing about Christ and righteousness lest you be put in a position where you are forced do something that would compromise your faith. That can apply to a lot of situations. Put into the context of the rest of the chapter, that seems to make sense.

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