Posted: July 1, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
We desire in
this ‘IN CHRIST’ study to look at II Corinthians 12:19-21. The ‘In
Christ’ text is found in verse 19, which says,
think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? We speak before God in
Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. For I
fear lest when I come…”
sending this message from God, which he has found ‘In Christ’, to get
their church in order in anticipation of Paul’s soon coming. I was
arrested in my heart of another’s message of getting our house in order
for the soon coming of Christ. Jesus said, “Be ye also ready, for in
such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh”.
them ‘dearly beloved’ in verse 19. The title is much loved loved
ones. This is an amazing title when we see the condition of this
church. Paul tells them his whole reason for writing and visiting was
to ‘edify’ them. (build them up) Our Lord has never done
anything for His church but love us and desire that we be strengthened
in the Lord.
fear in verse 20 is that he would not find them in a good condition and
the church would not like how he would respond.
heard of some things that are going on at the church. In verse 20 he
speaks of ‘debates’. The word means quarrelling contentions.
Paul mentions ‘envyings’ which means unfavorable jealousy over
another’s position or possessions. Paul says that there is ‘wraths’
in the church. The word means passionate outbursts of hot anger.
Another condition mentioned in the text is ‘strifes’. The word
means divisions that provoke. The next condition mentioned is ‘backbitings’
which means evil talkings of slander behind someone’s back. The next
condition mentioned is ‘whisperings’ which means to whisper words
of slander or half-truth in the ear of another. This word was used of a
snake charmer chanting into a snake basket. The next condition is that
of ‘swellings’, which means inflated with pride. The last state
mentioned by Paul in verse 20 was ‘tumults’ which means confusing
disorder. What a state of the church. I see many of these things alive
and well in the churches of today.
when he came for a visit that he would be ‘shamed with humiliation’.
(Vs. 21) Paul might say, ‘Is this the church that I founded?’ Oh, how
will our Lord feel when He comes to redeem His church and finds a
similar condition? Paul feared that he would have to confront some who
had not repented of hidden sins. The outward display of sins is just
the fruit of a much greater problem at the root of the tree. Paul
mentioned the hidden sin of ‘uncleanness’, which means moral
impurity. The word ‘fornication’ is mentioned which is the word
‘porneia’ from which we get our word pornography. It also means all
kinds of illicit sexual acts. The word ‘lasciviousness’ is
mentioned and means immodesty that erupts from an unregenerate heart and
imagine that we go to church Sunday after Sunday with many that have the
same unconfessed sins in their lives? If this was the state of the
church that the Apostle Paul, writer of one half of the New Testament
started, what must be the state of the church today? No wonder our Lord
said in Luke 18:8,
“…nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh shall He find faith on the