Lesson No. 549
II Corinthians Chapter 13
"Grace, God's Love, and Communion Be Yours!""

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Paul’s final advice
1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: 3 since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 10  Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. 11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Lesson No.  549     "Grace, God's Love, and Communion Be Yours!"

2nd Corinthians 13                                                        01/17/2021

1)     Paul writes in verses 1 and 2 that he is coming, and he will be dealing directly with those that have sinned.  Does this sound like words of love to you?

2)     What kind of weakness is Paul talking about in verses 3 and 4, and why is it a good thing?

3)     Verse 5 is essential for every Christian every day, and it is the heart of 'judging'.  Why is this important, and what do we judge with?

4)     Verses 7 and 8 talks of doing no evil, being honest, and doing nothing against the truth, but doing for the truth.  What does Paul mean?

5)     Paul wants the church to be stronger and more 'perfect' than Paul and the other apostles and disciples.  What does he mean by this?

6)     Paul indicates that in his letter to the church, he is trying to correct and support them, but what will happen when he comes in person and by what authority will he work?  (Hint- verse 10)

7)     Paul ends this chapter with a summary blessing- what does he say in verses 11, 12, and 13?  Do we encourage folks in this way?

8)     Paul says to 'greet one another with a holy kiss'.  What does he mean by this?

9)     The final blessing includes three main parts of 'church' and our relationship with God; what are they?

Looking back at this second and final letter, what is it that stands out to you from Paul's efforts?  What have we learned?

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