Lesson 71

"Be Not Unequally Yoked, With Anyone"

Grace not in vain



1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Paul patiently endures hardship
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12  Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. 13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
Be separate from unbelievers
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Lesson No.   71      "Be Not Unequally Yoked, With Anyone"

2nd Corinthians

1)     What does Paul mean in verse 1 by saying do not receive the grace of God in vain?

2)     In verse 2, Paul quotes Isaiah regarding Christ and what He did for us; what is the 'day of salvation'?

3)     Paul wants everyone to know in verse 3 our conduct (since every believer is a minister) is very important; why?

4)     Verses 3 and 4 present Paul's sufferings; what are they?

5)     Verses 5 and 6 present God's grace we receive and exhibit.

6)     Verses 7 and 10 present the great contrasts in the life of a Christian working for Christ; what is the message here?

7)     Paul is completely 'open'- what does he say in verses 11 and 12?

8)     Paul then goes on to discuss not being 'yoked' to unbelievers- why?  Is this only to do with marriage?  (verses 13 through 16)

9)     Yoking means tied to or very close; married.   But how can we witness to unbelievers?  Is this what sanctification means?

10)     Verse 17 lays it on the line for us, and if we don't do this, what happens to us?  (Hint- verse 17)

11)     In verse 18, who is talking?  I thought it was Paul?  Does God speak through you?